Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fixing My Eyes

Fixing my Eyes
"There should be something up front to look at that helps us contemplate Jesus," she said. My friend was visiting me after my surgery, and we had far-reaching and interesting conversations about everything from spanking children, to art, to the correct construction of arches so that the load is properly spread out. This dear friend is quite a bit older than I am, and her life has been one of adventure and world travel. I learn so much from her!

Her comment pertained to communion time at church, and the idea that it would be great to have beauty to rest our eyes on to assist in our contemplation of our Savior. Although she didn't intend to, she inspired me to work on this painting. The idea actually fit very well with something I had been thinking about since my time in the hospital. 

When I woke in the ICU and was fully alert, but unable to even open my eyes, it was a very frightening time, and I needed something to "focus" on. I knew Who I needed to concentrate on, but I struggled! Thank the Lord, my husband thought I could hear him, and he began reading to me from the Bible. What a blessing that was for me!

$600 plus $25 shipping and handling
24" x 30" acrylic on panel

This composition is based on the "golden section" or "golden ratio". I wanted it to feel like the place where the view is the clearest (including the focal point) was allowing glory to shine through. I wanted to show the cross and resurrection at the same time, and the hope of seeing clearly one day. I wanted to give myself a view of Jesus to fix my eyes on. Oh, I want to learn to be FULL of faith so that in the difficult times, my eyes are fixed on HIM. 

Hebrews 12:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Almost there...

Well, that was not how I thought things would go!  After a tougher than expected hospitalization, I think I am getting close to back to normal, and I was able to do a little more work yesterday.


Here are a couple of photos of me as I am working on getting gesso on a substrate - in our family room! It is nice to have the space to work, but at one time I had to rush around to get gesso off of THE PIANO! How did I even get it there?! 

Good progress was made on another painting, too, and maybe I will have more to post this afternoon. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time off, sort of

I am having hernia surgery today, but I hope to be home recuperating this evening, and back in the studio by next week. You can pray for me if you want to. ;)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pleasant Places

Pleasant Places
Row crops and pastures, wild flowers and trees, sunsets and ponds and fence rows; I hope you can find all of these things in this painting which I painted with an Indiana contest in mind. 

$400.00 plus  shipping and handling
18" x 24"  acrylic on wood panel
ready to frame
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I was thinking how fun it could be to paint a series of Indiana paintings, called Rural, Industrial, Urban, Recreational... I even have reference materials I could use for a lot of them. I don't usually paint that kind of subject matter, but maybe I will have to consider it. 

One thing that does come to mind as I think about painting  about the state I call home is how much I have been blessed here. My husband and I moved here to his "stomping ground" 20 some years ago, and GOD has been so good to us here. I am thankful.

Psalm 16:6
"The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me."

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Orange You Glad?

Orange You Glad?
"I want to go to Ireland for two months, and I want your opinion as to whether it is a good idea or not," she told us. My mouth said, "That sounds like a fun trip and it is exactly the kind of thing you are passionate about. If GOD provides, I think it will be a great idea." I am not at all sure that my heart is agreeing with my mouth, though. 

My daughter has been a globetrotter for most of her life, and she has a strong interest in supporting those who are called to be missionaries in other cultures. This trip is exactly that kind of trip, and her circumstances fell into place and support came in abundantly. I am sure that GOD has her held securely in HIS hands, and that HE will not forget about her and let her go. But my mother's heart is not so sure about her going overseas again... 

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

This painting is another that fits into the recent series that focuses on GOD being in control when I feel like things are out of control. Once again, the under-layers that show through are significant. I actually started this work with a structure that I found very pleasing - darks painted in a pattern that I thought made a good foundation for a strong composition. As I began to build on my own structure, though, nothing was working. I took all of my colors from my palette, and followed my son's suggestion; "Why don't you paint your frustration and discouragement?" It looked awful. 

But then as I read my Bible one morning and prayed about my emotional struggles, the idea for this painting began to take shape in my mind, so I went to the studio and covered up almost everything from my bad beginnings. I actually really like this work now. It is not at all what I started aiming for, but is much better. 

I am glad that my Heavenly Father will work all these details, emotions, and seeming chaos into HIS own beautiful work of art. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 New American Standard Bible
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts."