This painting may not be anyone's idea of the Nativity. I surely wouldn't have looked for these colors, were I looking for a Christmas painting! However, some of the thoughts in this work are of the birth of Jesus being overshadowed by His cross, of the unique character of the GOD/Man, and of the surprising circumstances surrounding his arrival here on our planet!
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Since this is the Christmas season, I know what to paint. Paintings for Christmas. Maybe to use for greeting cards, or calendar pages... you know, red and green; sparkly; the holy family or the magi. Well, I chose to start my day of 'work' with my time spent in the Bible. I planned to read a few chapters, spend time in prayer, and listen to my Heavenly Father. He stopped me in my tracks. With a verse I read yesterday, but didn't 'hear'.
Hebrews 12:28-29 (New American Standard Bible) "Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire." A fellow artist recently came to my house/studio, and our discussion amplified my thoughts about GOD being everything that is important. Even in the important things like family, honest character, home and country, church - still, it is GOD that is the consuming fire. Without HIM - without HIS refining fire and purpose - it is all for nothing. I want to 'burn up' so that all I do is for HIS glory and pleasing to HIM.
$325.00 plus S & H 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas lots of texture and added natural elements
I have been reading in Hebrews in the New Testament for several days, and I am stirred with the emphasis - JESUS is better. HE is better than everything, and yet is compassionate toward me. How amazing. Along with this focus, I have been considering the unimaginable incarnation of Jesus here on earth. (I plan to paint a series based on the incarnation... I sure hope there is time to be in my studio more this month!) Part of my thoughts are on Mary - in labor and delivery; incredible pain, fear and bewilderment; yet immense love for her Son. Part are on Joseph - love and protection for Mary and her Son; frustration with circumstances; mind-boggling thoughts of WHO this baby is, and what the role of father to God's Son will look like... I want to explore these thoughts further with my paintings. Hebrews 4:14 - 16 (Amplified Bible) Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. SOLD $125.00 plus $10.00 shipping 11" x 11"heavy watercolor paper; 1" white border; 9 x 9 image area iridescent accents ready to frame