Friday, September 30, 2016

Emerald Revelation

Emerald Revelation
"How many of these stones overlap in the two lists?" asked my husband. He has been helping me consider how I will frame and display my paintings that I have been working on during this painting challenge. Of all of the stones mentioned in the Bible, the two lists of stones in Exodus 28 & 39, and in Revelation 21 are the stones I want to feature in grouped frames. I was surprised to find that I hadn't made myself complete lists - I just kept going back to the passages each day... so today I made the lists. Well, it looks like I have 7 more paintings to complete (and find acceptable) before I finish! WHICH is fine with me, I might add. I have really enjoyed this challenge. It has been so very interesting to research these stones (mostly gemstones) and learn about ancient language and usage and so on. I have just loved it.

N/A
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  
 
I have been so aware of beauty this month. This morning, I walked in our woods in the rain, and was fascinated by how the value contrast is accentuated - the dark trees look almost black, and the sky looks white by comparison. And all of the leaves looked like they just got a shower. Which, technically, I guess they did! And it sounds and smells different, too.

Last night, the purple gray clouds were highlighted and backlit by a big peach-colored thunderhead. It was amazing, and actually the whole sky had colored streaks in it. It made me ask GOD whether HE feels like HE should use more neutral colors - as so many artists seem to stress. Well, there were neutrals today. 

My neighbor is starting to harvest his corn, and the field has hollow brownish gold tunnels with dark, dark floors that seem to lead nowhere. The dry stalks tower higher than my head, and the whole field feels like an adventure just sitting there, waiting on me to try it out. It was beautiful, even in ALL neutral colors. 

I am thankful for beauty.

Revelation 21:18-19 The building material of its wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,

Reference photo for emerald

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Second Sapphire

Second Sapphire
Judging from the research I have done on the sapphire, it is a VERY clear stone - like blue glass. I think a person could look right through it. It seems to have a swirly texture to the fissures, and just a pure, deep blue color. It is beautiful, but tough to represent in an abstract painting! 

Since I am now working through the gemstones that are listed as being in the foundation of the New Jerusalem, I thought I would like to represent the sapphire in a huge, eternal sort of way. I feel like in this little painting, I could look right through the blue sapphire and see the stars and nebulae and distant space. 

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  

I started my day with the privilege of meeting my friend Emma Lou for a visit. (You should meet her - she is a wonderful friend! She invited me to sit on her enclosed patio and watch the rain on the lake. No other friend has ever invited me to do something like that.) We talked about all kinds of things, as we usually do. She is a fascinating person. It was a good start to the day! 

Revelation 21:10-21 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
10 He then carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 arrayed with God’s glory. Her radiance was like a very precious stone,  like a jasper stone, bright as crystal. 12 The city had a massive high wall, with 12 gates. Twelve angels were  at the gates; the names of the 12 tribes of Israel’s sons were inscribed on the gates. 13 There were three  gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 The  city wall had 12 foundations, and the 12 names of the Lamb’s 12 apostles were on the foundations. 15 The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out in a square; its length and width are the same. He measured the city with the rod at 12,000 stadia. Its length, width, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall, 144 cubits according to human measurement, which the angel used. 18 The building material of its wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold like clear glass.
19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,(sardius)
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst.
21 The 12 gates are 12 pearls; each individual gate was made of a single pearl. The broad street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Reference photo for sapphire

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Also Jasper

Also Jasper
Since this painting challenge will soon be in the record books, so to speak, I have already been bemoaning not having the accountability, and not having the theme to work from. Yes, I am actually aware that I can do something about that, but up to this point, I have mostly just been whining about it. *silly girl*

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  

Well, my helpful friend Tim suggested I paint all my October paintings using only autumn colors. (So, is sky blue an autumn color? Because... How about sunset colors?) Actually, I really think it would be a fun challenge. My husband suggested I do all the ANIMALS in the Bible next time. Oh my goodness, do you have any idea how many animals are mentioned by name in the Bible? Today, as I read in my Bible, I came across a bear story... 

This challenge doing works inspired by stones or gems mentioned in the Bible has been (probably) my favorite challenge theme ever. It has certainly taken me out of my comfort zone by having me paint things that I don't like as well (only some of the stones) and has given me plenty of material for the challenge and beyond - not to mention inspiration for bigger paintings. 

Revelation 21:19 - 21 (HCSB) The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
the first foundation jasper,
the second sapphire,
the third chalcedony,
the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx,
the sixth carnelian,(sardius)
the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase,
the eleventh jacinth,
the twelfth amethyst.
21 The 12 gates are 12 pearls; each individual gate was made of a single pearl. The broad street of the city 
was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Reference photo for jasper

Monday, September 26, 2016

Jasper

Jasper
Day 26 already! I just can hardly believe the challenge to paint 30 paintings in 30 days has gone so quickly for me. I am sure I still have about 10 more paintings I want to do based on stones found in the Bible - most of the ones I have been painting have been gem stones, and there are so many others mentioned.

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  

As I suspect is the case with many of my fellow artists, I have noticed that the daily time in the studio is helping my creativity, my techniques, and my desire to paint more. I am finding that when I can imagine something, I usually know what to do to achieve that effect. NOT  that it is perfect, but more practice definitely helps - as we should all know.  To quote Arnold Palmer, the famous golfer who passed away yesterday, "It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get."

With this painting, my set of stones from Exodus 28 & 39 is complete. I will enjoy seeing if I like each painting enough to frame them as a set for an upcoming exhibit. And of course, I will enjoy painting replacements for any that have sold or just don't fit with the rest. *smile*

Exodus 28:15 “You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, the work of a skillful workman; like the work of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen you shall make it. 16 It shall be square and folded double, a span in length and a span in width. 17 You shall mount on it four rows of stones; the first row shall be a row of ruby, topaz and emerald; 18 and the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond; 19 and the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; 20 and the fourth row a beryl and an onyx and a jasperthey shall be set in gold filigree. 21 The stones shall be according to the names of the sons of Israel: twelve, according to their names; they shall be like the engravings of a seal, each according to his name for the twelve tribes. 

Reference photo for jasper

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Beryl

Beryl
"Aquamarine is a light blue or bluish-green variety of beryl. Historians have likened it to “a thousand leagues of sunlit sea imprisoned in a cup.” It’s very name is descriptive of it’s color: aqua meaning water and marine meaning sea." Doesn't that description just fire your imagination? It sure does mine! Once again, as I studied this stone, I was just overwhelmed with how beautiful it is.

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame  

According to writings of Pliny the Elder (23-79 a.d.), it is likely that the beryl mentioned in Exodus 28 and Revelation 21 is the aquamarine colored beryl. I just get so excited studying about these ancient jewels, and I wish I could see some! 

I just have one more stone to paint to finish out the 12 stones that were on the ephod of the high priest in the Old Testament (I keep getting distracted... ) and then I will move to the revelation passage of 12 stones. I am so excited to group these paintings and see how they appear all together. 

Exodus 28:15 “You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, the work of a skillful workman; like the work of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen you shall make it. 16 It shall be square and folded double, a span in length and a span in width. 17 You shall mount on it four rows of stones; the first row shall be a row of ruby, topaz and emerald; 18 and the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond; 19 and the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; 20 and the fourth row a beryl and an onyx and a jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree. 21 The stones shall be according to the names of the sons of Israel: twelve, according to their names; they shall be like the engravings of a seal, each according to his name for the twelve tribes"

Reference photo for beryl/aquamarine

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gold II

Gold II
"What shall we pray about this morning?" my husband asked, as he does almost every morning. We get up a little extra early each day to spend time together on the couch, drinking coffee, comparing calendars, waking up (!), and praying. It is our favorite time of the day. It is worth the getting up early (5:30 - not early to some!) even though I seldom am ready to get moving at that time of day!

Today, during our time together, I suddenly knew WHICH painting I would do, and HOW I wanted to do it. I practically 'saw' Gold II in my head, and could hardly wait to get to the studio. 

SOLD
$72.00, $5.00 S & H
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame 
 

I did a quick internet search, and found 426 uses of the word gold in the New American Standard Bible. 426! The first appearance is in the second chapter of the Old Testament, and the last is in the second to last chapter of the New Testament. This actually really surprised me. I am not sure I actually understand the significance of gold... 

Gold reminds me of heaven (Revelation 21) and of the temple and worship (II Chronicles 4) and of a measure of value (all through the Bible). 

Job 23:9-11 (New American Standard Bible)
9 When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him;
He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.
10 “But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 “My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.

Be sure to visit the other artists participating in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and my website for my challenge paintings

Reference photo for gold

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jacinth

Jacinth
This morning I got up and got dressed in my painting clothes - orange t-shirt, (I look sickly in orange), black knit pants (WITH pockets) and mismatched socks (obviously). We got home very late last night after celebrating my daughter's birthday in Michigan, and so I was a bit foggy and sluggish to start out. Suddenly I realized that I had a deadline to meet - art to deliver to a contest/exhibition that is an hour away. I usually try to be a bit organized, but... I am becoming more and more creative, and less and less organized. (That's what I keep telling myself. Age has nothing to do with it.) 

SO, I changed into a different 'artist costume', the looking decent if a bit creative in public costume, and ventured out to find this new-to-me locale. I have discovered that it would be a great idea to visit these places before I decide which pieces to enter, because sometimes my preconceived notions of what is 'good art' to them are completely mistaken! Thankfully, the venue was very easy to find. 

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame 

In the New Testament, the jacinth is listed as a foundation stone in the New Jerusalem - a new locale to me. The Bible also tells me that Jesus has already provided for my new apparel for that new location by dying to pay the price for my rebellion - my sin. HE has shown me the path to join HIM in this beautiful new place, and my preconceived ideas of HIM and the mansion HE has prepared for all who love him are irrelevant. Through HIM, this new venue is very easy to find.  



John 14:1-6  “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. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Revelation 21:19-21 (New American Standard Bible) 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Reference image for jacinth - sometimes thought to be amethyst

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Crystal

Crystal
Since today is the 24th birthday of my beautiful daughter, and we are going to visit her this afternoon, this blog post will be short!

NA
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame




Crystal is mentioned a lot in the Bible. How do you respond to a clear, faceted stone? Yesterday reinforced the idea of design first, and representation second, and that is what steered my choices for today's painting. 

Job 28:18 “Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned; And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.
Isaiah 54:12 “Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, And your entire wall of precious stones.
Ezekiel 1:22 [ Vision of Divine Glory ] Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, spread out over their heads.
Revelation 4:6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind.
Revelation 22:1 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the  throne of God and of the Lamb

Photo reference for crystal

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Peridot/chrysolite

Peridot or Chrysolite
"Peridot (or chrysolite) has been known since Biblical times with the earliest source being St. John’s Island in the Red Sea off the Egyptian Coast," says a website I reviewed. If this is the first time you have looked at my 30 paintings in 30 days blog posts, it might not be obvious to you that my theme has been the stones or gems mentioned in the Bible. It has definitely made for interesting ideas for painting. 

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame 

One of the trickiest things for me is that I need to work on balancing a recognizable image with an abstract design. So far, my favorite paintings in this group are primarily the ones where design trumped representation. 

Ezekiel 1:16 (Amplified Bible) Regarding the appearance of the wheels and their construction: they gleamed like chrysolite (beryl, olivine); and the four were made alike. Their appearance and construction were a wheel [set at a right angle] within a wheel.

Revelation 21:20 (New American Standard Bible) "the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite;  the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

Reference image for peridot

Monday, September 19, 2016

Agate

Agate
Returning from a mini-vacation is, as usual, more work than I was prepared for. Don't mistake me, though - it was well worth it! My husband and I enjoyed just kicking back and exploring. We each found our 'treasure' in antique stores, and we found the most gorgeous country-side in southern Indiana! I found a leather electrical gadget case that I will transform into a purse, he found a new hood ornament and a guitar in sorry shape for our son, who has studied lutherie and will enjoy working on it.

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame
 

I am not sure that this painting expresses what I would like to express about the stone Agate. I remember looking for them when we were kids and we would go to lakes on the weekend. My dad (whose birthday is today) would help us identify our treasures, and veto any that were too heavy to carry back home. "Nothing that is too big to fit in your pocket," he would tell us. (We flew in small private airplanes when we went on these little mini-vacations.) I miss my dad. 

I wanted to show the fissure and the water, the strength and the clarity. I wanted to express brokenness and cleansing and beauty. 

Exodus 28:15-21 (New American Standard Bible) “You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, the work of a skillful workman... You shall mount on it four rows of stones; ... and the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst..."


Matthew 6:21(Amplified Bible) "for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart
"I will be home about 2:00. Can we be ready to go by then?" My husband and I are delivering a painting of mine to an Abstract Exhibit that I was juried into - and I am so excited about it! It is a couple of hours from our home, so we will leave and try our first Airbnb stay in the area near the exhibit. What a weekend!

So I have painted early, and am attempting to get my blog ready to go. 

$175 plus $10 shipping and handling
 9 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel



In my quiet time yesterday, I read in 1 Kings 8 - 9. I was especially struck with these three verses:
1 Kings 8:57 (New American Standard Bible) "May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us, 58 that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, which He commanded our fathers."

I Kings 8:61 "Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”


I Kings 9:3 The Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually."

My heart is to be inclined to HIM, and HIS heart is perpetually inclined to me. Incredible!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sapphire

Sapphire
Gemstones and stones mentioned in the Bible has been my theme for this 30 paintings in 30 days adventure, and I am learning a lot, and loving the process! 

I am working on the group of stones listed in the Old Testament passage Exodus 28:17 - 20, and I wanted to double check whether the sapphire appeared in the New Testament too. Recently I was discussing with my friend Dave (who works as a Bible translator for an English language Bible) the question of the order in which these stones should appear. He mentioned in that conversation that their newer edition had changed the Old Testament references from sapphire to lapis lazuli. Accuracy is not my primary concern with my paintings, but I do wish to do what I can to keep fairly close to the intent of each passage. 

Well, the word sapphire does, in fact, appear in the New Testament. So when I group my paintings, I do not know which painting I will use in each instance, but I am enjoying working on the concepts. 

NA
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame
 



All that being said, I chose to use an Old Testament passage to work from today. I just love this passage where Jehovah GOD is comforting His chosen people who have failed and failed, and who have been far from HIM over and over again. It encourages me to think of HIM comforting and reestablishing me when I fail HIM and am far away, too. Oh, how I love HIM!

Isaiah 54:10-12 (New American Standard Bible)
10 “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,
And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
Says the Lord who has compassion on you.
11 “O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.
12 “Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies,
And your gates of crystal,
And your entire wall of precious stones.

Reference photo for sapphire

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Emerald

Emerald
"I am meeting you before the Artist Forum meeting at 5:15 at TSR, right?" texted my husband. Boy, I have been falling so far behind the last few days! "Yes? I think, yes," I texted back.  I am glad he reminded me. We meet for supper on Forum nights, and I love it! My plan is to paint ahead for the next few days when we will be gone, as so many of the artists in the 30 in 30 challenge seem to be able to do. I want to keep up!

Getting down to business today with this Emerald painting, I plan to finish all of the stones that are listed in the priests' clothing so that they can be displayed together. (I am hoping that enough of them turn out well to use them when I have my solo exhibit in December! And of course, if I sell too many of them, I will have to paint more - rats anyway! *wink*)

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame
 

Thinking of the stones in the ephod of the priest, and also the stones mentioned in Revelation that are the foundation of the New Jerusalem, I decided to paint today's stone in a grid design. Finding ways to express gemstones in a creative, semi-abstract way has been such a fun challenge! I am also adding more gold to many of the paintings, since in the passages I am working from the stones are often set in gold. 

Reference photo for emerald

Exodus 28:17-20 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
"Place a setting of gemstones on it, four rows of stones:
The first row should be
a row of carnelian, topaz, and emerald;
18 the second row,
a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond;
19 the third row,
a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
20 and the fourth row,
a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper.
They should be adorned with gold filigree in their settings."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli
"Incidentally, when we revised our translation recently we changed 'sapphire' to 'lapis lazuli' throughout the OT," wrote Dave. Giving me an answer to my question about stones in the Bible, he added that tidbit of information which I really appreciated. Dave is a Bible translator and a friend of mine since college days. We got to visit him at work one time, and it was so fascinating to learn about words, origins, alphabets, language styling, and all that goes into an accurate translation. 

"Changing the translation from "sapphire" to "lapis lazuli" was a tough call, since the Hebrew word is 'sappir'. But in Exod 24:10 there is a suggestion that the stone is blue, and in Job 28:6 it has gold (or pyrite) inclusions, which is common with lapis," he added. 

Part of piece called Over His Heart
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame
 


Now that is information I can work (play) with! I have been looking forward to painting this stone, because it is one that I find especially pleasing.  I had all kinds of images in my mind as I read the note from Dave, and could hardly wait to get my hands dirty. 

Exodus 24:10 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
10 and they saw the God of Israel. Beneath His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire[a] stone, as clear as the sky itself.
Footnotes:
Exodus 24:10 Or lapis lazuli


Job 28:6 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Its rocks are a source of sapphire,[a] containing flecks of gold.
Footnotes:
Job 28:6 Or lapis lazuli

Job 28:6 (Amplified Bible)
6 “Its stones are the bed of sapphires;
It holds dust of gold.
Amplified Bible (AMP)


Ezekiel 1:26 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
26 The shape of a throne with the appearance of sapphire[a] stone was above the expanse. There was a form with the appearance of a human on the throne high above.
Footnotes:
Ezekiel 1:26 Or lapis lazuli

Ezekiel 1:26 (Amplified Bible)
26 Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, it appeared like [it was made of] sapphire or lapis lazuli; and [seated] on that which looked like a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man.

Reference photo for lapis lazuli

(By the way, my husband has suggested that I include some of the photos that have inspired my paintings in my blog for comparison's sake, so I will start today, and will try to go back and add more.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Diamond

Diamond
"Diamonds are made of carbon - the most common substance on earth - formed deep within the earth under extreme heat and pressure." I have done a lot of study, looking at raw and cut stones, reading Scripture passages, and looking at miscellaneous websites as I have been studying my theme for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I actually love the research part of painting. (Yes, even though I paint abstracts, I study a LOT!) 

Part of piece called Over His Heart
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame
 

Most of the Scripture passages I have used in this series of 'Gem Stones Mentioned in the Bible' have been primarily descriptive. I found, to my surprise, that the diamond isn't mentioned all that often, and one of the places I found it referred to using the diamond as a tool. It also mentions the natural, deceived and sinful condition of the human heart. Ouch. Something so pure, beautiful, and hard is used to carve on the hard heart. I definitely want to have a soft heart!

Jeremiah 17:1 (New American Standard Bible)
"The sin of Judah is written down with an iron stylus;
With a diamond point it is engraved upon the tablet of their heart
And on the horns of their altars"

Monday, September 12, 2016

Chalcedony

Chalcedony
The only place I found this stone in the Bible is in Revelation 21 where the unbelievably beautiful New Jerusalem (part of the New Heavens and New Earth) is described. I have to say, did I not have a personal relationship with the Author of the Bible, GOD Himself, all of these stone studies would seem like fairy tales... they just don't seem to fit with our daily existence here on this planet. But then, maybe that is the point... they don't fit. I mean, as an artist, I just want a picture of this: 

Rev. 21:10 - 21 (New Living Translation)  "10 So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal. 12 The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates. 13 There were three gates on each side—east, north, south, and west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 The angel who talked to me held in his hand a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 When he measured it, he found it was a square, as wide as it was long. In fact, its length and width and height were each 1,400 miles. 17 Then he measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet thick (according to the human standard used by the angel). 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. 19 The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones: the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate (chalcedony), the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass." 

Can you see part of my excitement with this (30 paintings in 30 days) theme of the stones or gemstones mentioned in the Bible? 

Part of piece called Foundation Stones
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame

 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Turquoise

Turquoise
"I used Dad's watch as part of my study of the turquoise," I told Mom. My father died in 2000, and I have a couple of things of his that bring me joy when I think of him. One of these things is a silver and turquoise watch. I seldom wear it, but I am thinking that might be changing! Dad liked horses and always wore western shirts and cowboy boots. Dad was well known in aviation circles, but the main things I remember about him were that he loved GOD and he loved Mom. And us kids, of course. But especially Mom.

Part of piece called Over His Heart
6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel 
ready to frame

One of the websites I have been using to study gems and stones mentioned in the Bible says that green stones represent life and growth, and blue stones represent heaven. This gem can evidently be either more green or more blue, depending where it is mined. (Actually, many of the stones mentioned can be of different colors based on where they came from. I have really learned a lot about them so far during this 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!) 

In the Old Testament, the turquoise appears in the passage where the garments for the priests is described. There are 12 stones, plus gold filigree settings, and two more stones on the shoulders of the priest. (I should have plenty more to study as I finish my series!) Here is part of the passage that mentions this stone:
Exodus 39:10-13 (New American Standard Bible) "And they mounted four rows of stones on it. The first row was a row of ruby, topaz, and emerald; 11 and the second row, a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond; 12 and the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 13 and the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They were set in gold filigree settings when they were mounted."