Monday, February 29, 2016

Torn in Two

Torn in Two

Reading in the Old Testament can sometimes be challenging - it can be difficult to grasp some of the situations and interactions because I don't really know the culture. Of course, I can study, but that leaves me to the mercy of others who have also studied... I am not there, and I may not understand. Even if I were to have been there I may not have understood. 

$375.00 plus $25.00 shipping and handling
 22" x 30" acrylic on watercolor paper, mounted on cradled panel

I find very deep significance in the picture that was given at the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. The Bible tells that the veil, or curtain, in the temple - the house where GOD was worshiped - was torn, and it was torn from the top to the bottom. Now, my Bible reading time lately has been in the Old Testament, and it was no small matter to tear that veil. In fact, I would have thought it nearly impossible. And then to tear it from the top to the bottom as it was hanging. It was significant because Jesus, by HIS death, made an open communication between the people (me) and His Father. 

My hope in this work is that people would see that there is brilliance and beauty behind the veil. Not only behind the Old Testament Law, but also behind the daily routine we live in. I want each one to want to see 'behind the veil' 'to the beauty of my Savior.

Hebrews 9


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Art Show and Open House

Art Show and Open House
"It's a pretty big deal," I said to my husband. "Will you help me pull it off?" Of course he will. He always does all he can to support me - building me frames, cradled panels, loading and unloading work for shows and competitions, and especially giving me encouragement when I doubt myself - so he is helping me get ready for my first ever
Art Show and Open House!

I am excited (and a bit apprehensive) about having friends, family, and people I have yet to meet here at our home to see my paintings and my studio. (Yep. I am a typically introverted artist!) I am thrilled about having my children here to help out! My daughter will be helping with hostessing, and my son will be providing live music. I hope that many can make it and that we have good weather - at least good enough to get out to see some artwork.  

YOU are invited! Please come, and bring a friend or two. :) (If you need directions to my home, please comment or message me - I will be so glad to send you the information.)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Walk By Faith

Walk By Faith
My intent in this work was to show a chilly and muted landscape, and to maintain a loose technique in presenting it. I want to show the beauty, but leave the viewer wanting more - more depth, more color, more intensity. 

$300.00 plus $10 shipping and handling
12 x 16 acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas


This painting is the work that follows the 'Landscape Study' I painted in memory of a dear friend that has passed from his earthly life to his Heavenly home. As I mentioned in that post, my thoughts were of the relatively colorless life we live here compared to what waits for us in the presence of the LORD Jesus - HE calls us to believe in HIM to go to the place HE has prepared for us! (John 14:1 - 3)

Here are several verses I could not pass up as I prepared:
Philippians 1:21-24 Amplified Bible
For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity]. If, however, it is to be life here and I am to go on living, this will mean useful and productive service for me; so I do not know which to choose [if I am given that choice]. But I am hard-pressed between the two. I have the desire to leave [this world] and be with Christ, for that is far, far better; yet to remain in my body is more necessary and essential for your sake.

Philippians 3:20-21 New American Standard Bible
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 New American Standard Bible
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Landscape Study

Landscape Study
"Is a bridge too trite an image?" I asked my co-analyst. "Well, it is certainly not at all what I was imagining," he replied. We have a friend who has passed from his earthly life into eternity, and I have really wanted to try to express some of the strong emotion his home-going has evoked in me. 

10 x 8 acrylic on watercolor paper 
ready to frame

We discussed something that we have both thought - how the earth must seem colorless and drab in comparison to eternity in the presence of GOD. So I have wandered out in the snow and misty, cold rain and taken several photos to capture some images to work from. It is significant to me that there is a winter-y beauty, even in a monochromatic landscape. 

John 14:1-3 (NASB) “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also." 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Egg Me On

Egg Me On
It may well be that I am stretching this series a little too far, at least as far as meaning and the naming of the paintings is concerned. But I DO love how the paintings are turning out! 

$150 plus $5 shipping and handling
10 x 10 acrylic on watercolor paper mounted on cradled panel

A local church is currently sponsoring a class on managing finances. I know of some people attending, and I hope the class is an encouragement and help to them. I hope it 'eggs them on' to handling their money as GOD would want them to.

I want HIM to egg me on, too, and I find this passage helpful. It is a reminder to me that no matter how many 'pennies' I have to my name (see the copper in the painting?), my focus - my heart's desire - is to be on my Lord and not money. I am more than content knowing HE will never leave or forsake me!

Hebrews 13:5-6 "Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”