Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Accidental Floral

Accidental Floral
Note to self: taking and posting video while in the woods is usually not successful - wait for 4G or wifi.

$400.00, $25.00 S & H
24" x 24" acrylic on wood panel 
ready to frame

Finally able to walk in the woods today, thanks to my husband's mowing, I found that quite a few trees have fallen during this very wet spring, and the trails are impassable in several places. But it was so nice to get back there! I love the part of being an artist where you go and spend time in quiet places by yourself to recharge! :) (I did try posting a video from there, but when I got back to the house, I saw how terrible it was... I managed to take it down before many views.)

The recharging has been very long and difficult this time around. Have you been there? Where everything seems out of kilter and inspiration is illusive? 

As with my last several posts, I rely on the foundational truth that GOD is in charge. HE knows each fallen tree, every tired and discouraged artist, and HE has not dropped the ball. HE still has it all in hand. I love the part of being HIS artist where he surprises me with new direction at the beginning of a painting! :)

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ACEO Coram Deo

3.5" x 2.5" ACEO on watercolor paper
(ACEO is slightly larger than 3.5 x 2.5 - can be trimmed to fit holder)
$20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Thousand Hills

A Thousand Hills
"Wake up! The cows are out!" the three year old shouted to his teen aged brother. He didn't mean that they had gotten out of the pasture, but that they were IN the pasture where he could see them! 

My husband and I have been helping friends move, and as I waited in the van at the end of their driveway, I was very taken by the beautiful, peaceful pasture across the street. I took several pictures, but mostly just sat and 'experienced it'. I wanted to look and feel the emotion from seeing it. 

No longer available
11" x 30" acrylic on watercolor paper
ready to frame

After watching for a while, the cows DID come out. It made me smile to remember the little guy's enthusiasm, and it also made me think about my theme that I have been painting about lately. (A theme that started almost accidentally several paintings ago.) My theme is this. Though so many things all around me seem to be in such chaos, my Heavenly Father has it all in hand. HE is in charge. 

My title comes from a song by John W. Peterson, and from Psalm 50:10. Here are the lyrics and the verse. 
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills,
The wealth in every mine;
He owns the rivers and the rocks and rills,
The sun and stars that shine.
Wonderful riches, more than tongue can tell -
He is my Father so they're mine as well;
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills -
I know that He will care for me.

Psalm 50:10
"For every beast of the forest is mine,
and the cattle upon a thousand hills."

Thursday, May 12, 2016

No Worries

No Worries
Worry has sneaked up on me lately, as I have felt responsible for the entire world. I don't really know what makes me think I have any say in matters, but I guess deep down, I still have that oldest child thing going... 

$400.00, $25.00 S & H
24" x 24" acrylic on wood panel 
ready to frame

Underneath, this painting is a mess. A complete mess. I had used up paint from other projects on this surface, which often is a great starting point for a painting. But this time, my efforts were leading nowhere. Only by reshaping and covering nearly everything has a good result come about. The wrong colors and shapes were 'set right'.

The last week or so, I have been reading novels again - something I love to do, but seldom take the time for! This particular quote is from a George MacDonald book that I had not read before, and I loved it. The reminder that GOD is in control, and is not hard on me as His child was timely for me! 

"Had she gotten out in front of the guidance of Providence, and was she therefore now where she had no right to be? ... Even if she had put herself there, and was to blame for being there, ... God was not a hard Master. If she had made a mistake, he would pardon her, and either give her work here, where she found herself, or send her elsewhere. ... For she thought in the presence of him who, because he is always setting our wrong things right, is called God our Savior." A Daughter's Devotion, George MacDonald,  p. 156

My quiet Bible reading time, too, has reminded me that I am not in charge, and what my "job" is. I was reading in Deuteronomy 30, and the same message was repeated several times. Obeying GOD with all my heart and soul, and loving HIM and holding fast to HIM - that is my only responsibility. What a relief! What a delight - to hold fast to my Father Who loves me! HE fixes my messes, and sets my wrong (worries) things right! 

Deuteronomy 20:11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Not My Monkeys

Not My Monkeys
"Not my circus. Not my monkeys." I read on social media that this is an old Polish saying that means "Not my problem." Fun to say, funny to think about, and a great humorous way to remind myself that I don't have to manage the whole world; what fun! (If it is really Polish, that makes it even better.)

$600.00, $40.00 S & H
30 x 40  acrylic on 1.5" deep gallery wrapped canvas; painted edges

Right now in the United States, many people feel like a circus is being performed right in front of us in the political arena. At the risk of being too pedantic, or (on the other hand) too flippant, I am reminding myself and my brothers and sisters that this country and the leaders that are chosen are not actually our 'circus'. Our true home is heavenly, our KING is on the throne for all eternity, and all is well. 

I have been working on this painting for quite a while now. I have had several (different) mental images of what it would look like, and what I would communicate. Well, as of this morning, I think I have finally come to final thoughts on both. I love the playful and cheery reminder of GOD's faithfulness.

Psalm 119:89-90 (Amplified Bible)
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [standing firm and unchangeable].
Your faithfulness continues from generation to generation;
You have established the earth, and it stands [securely].