Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cascades ACEO

Cascades ACEO
I am sitting here in my motel room, drinking a cup of coffee and finishing my breakfast of a chocolate croissant. Pandora is playing on my computer, and just over my shoulder is a balcony opening on gorgeous gardens with waterfalls, walkways, and wonderful plants. 



$15.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

2.5" x 3.5" ACEO
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Frame available for additional cost - contact me for details

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Abstract 027

Abstract 027
When I travel, I usually take a different Bible with me than I use at home. I am travelling as I write this post, and this morning's reading was in the Psalms, and I am reading from my tiny copy of the Message version of the Bible. Sometimes it is extra tough to concentrate when I am on the road (don't worry - I am not literally on the road!), and it started out that way today, too. But the Message has been translated into 'contemporary English' by a poet, and the Psalms are ancient poems, so the wording is particularly beautiful. 




$70.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

6" x 6"
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame


Friday, June 16, 2017

Raindrops on the Water

Raindrops on the Water
"We need to schedule some times for me to come to your studio and get some footage," said my friend Marc. Marc is an internationally recognized performance artist, and he is making a documentary film entitled 'The Five' which will be about five artists from our small Indiana town. We all met in Marc's gallery last night to get schedules coordinated and ideas on the table. 




$160.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

11" x 14"
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper
Ready to frame

We are a diverse group in so many ways! There are two abstractionists, a colorist, a multimedia artist, and an illustrator - three men and two women. We also have very different philosophies about our art, and I expect there to be fascinating perspectives to consider. I feel so honored to be chosen for this project!

As I talked to the multimedia artist, she talked about the inspiration for her recently-awarded painting. She and I talked about our shared love for Jesus Christ, and how He is key to our inspiration for our work. At one point, I pulled out my cell phone to show her my inspiration photos that were taken during my morning quiet time, and this painting that was the response to my thoughts and appreciation for the beauty of raindrops hitting water outside my window. "That painting is beautiful," she encouraged, "especially having understood your inspiration." 

Yesterday I was up very early in my favorite spot of our family room, looking out the huge windows and listening to the rain tap on the sky lights. I was reading my Bible and telling God that I thought His creation was so beautiful. I was overwhelmed watching the absolute beauty of the raindrops hitting the water outside my window. I noticed how the wind made darker and lighter patches of water, how the summer rain clouds and occasional breakthrough sunshine threw color there, and how the drops splashed up with little white ridges on dark water, and dark ridges on the light. It felt like a blessing on my day. 

As I read from Psalm 20, here is a verse that seemed to express those thoughts, even as I worked to schedule our own family activities. With both kids moving and starting new adventures in their lives, and my Beloved Husband heavily involved in a remodeling project at work and my own busy summer art schedule, I needed to be reminded that God has everything in hand, and even takes the time to satisfy my soul and inspire my art! 

 Psalm 20:4 ESV "May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!"

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Glenna, Too

Glenna, Too
First off today, before I write about this painting, I want to welcome my new newsletter subscribers, and try to help those of you who have been around for awhile overcome the shock of hearing from me more than once a year! Since I have not done well at consistently getting my newsletter written, I have decided to connect it with my blog posts. At this point, an email will go out whenever I post on my blog. If you would like to receive email less frequently, but would still like to be on the list, please contact me! I haven't figured out all the tricks of the trade yet, but I want to work with you on that. (At some point, I hope to get the automatic scheduling worked out, but that might be a little while!)


$120.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

6" x 6" 
Painted with Golden Open Acrylic paint on Art Bite panel

This is the second painting I have posted of my Grandmother, Glenna. As I mentioned before, I have photos of her that were taken when she was young, and I love how they remind me of the Grandma I remember from when I was preschool age. One of the things I remember is staying with her (maybe when one of my siblings was born?) and having tea with lemon and honey for a sore throat, and wearing bread bags over my shoes so that I could get them into my 'galoshes'. I also remember her playing 'gas station' with us when we were a little older and were riding our bikes. She would fill 'em up for us every time we came by. 


I am still on a steep learning curve with these Golden Open Acrylics. It just seems to come off of my brush in a different way than I expect, and it surprises me when it is still wet after it has been on the substrate for a while. I think I will really like this paint for certain applications as I get more familiar with it and know what to expect from it. It is challenging, and I love how it keeps me on my creative toes to keep working with it!


I hope you have great memories of times with your loved ones like I have, and I hope you can take the time today to build some with someone for the future. I am so thankful for the sweet memories, and again am reminded of the same verse from the Bible that I thought about last time I painted my grandmother.

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




Monday, June 12, 2017

Little Seascape

Little Seascape
One more post of a tiny abstract landscape - this one reminds me of stormy clouds coming or going. These VERY quick little works turn out to be such bright spots of color, and sometimes they work well as studies for my larger works. 

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$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on Art Bite panel

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Little Landscape 2

Little Landscape 2
During the rush of preparing for shows and art fairs, it has been so much fun to get into the studio for these quick little abstracted landscapes. I find I am still learning, every time I paint, even when I am working on something small and familiar. What fun! 

$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on Art Bite panel



Friday, June 9, 2017

Cheery Little Landscape

Cheery Little Landscape
Often when I am "fighting with" large paintings in my studio, it is a pleasant break to paint a little, colorful work just for the joy of it. I really do love playing with color, texture, contrast and composition. I love to make a little cheerful piece that would be enough to brighten my day even in the tiniest room! 



$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling
6" x 6" 
Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Actually, I am learning, too, how to use a new color that I purchased entirely by accident! It is a color that I would have thought I would have little or no use for, but I am learning that it is, in fact, really handy at times. It does actually make me wonder how often I miss out on something special or helpful just because I am not watching for it. It is a delightful "happy accident". 

Here is a verse that comes to mind with this little cutie. 
Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Provision

Provision
"How do you start a painting?" This is one variation of the question that I hear most. "Do you know what you are going to paint, or do you just start?" I have touched on this in this blog before, but I think this painting is a particularly good one to use to describe one of the ways paintings take shape in my studio. 

$500.00 plus $40.00 shipping and handling
30" x 30" painted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on 1.5" deep, gallery wrapped  canvas


Occasionally I "see" a painting in my head before I ever touch my supplies, and this is one of those works. The shapes and colors were there from the start, and I knew what the general concept would be, too. I suppose sometimes my subconscious mind is finding creative expressions while I work on other things, like homemaking. I knew that this work would be largely red-orange with a light, contained shape and a darker edge right from the first, and I knew that "provision" was the theme, though I could not have articulated how the two fit together.

I have been reading in the New Testament book of Matthew, and have noticed over and over in the story of Jesus how GOD's provision is evident. I particularly noticed Jesus' miracles of healing the sick and feeding the hungry. In two instances when Jesus fed large crowds, there were large baskets of food left over, and the shape in this painting began to remind me of a basket. 

This morning, I read how Jesus met a monetary need for Himself and Peter, His follower, with a coin found in the mouth of a fish. This provision was the one that helped me find the last needed elements to finish the painting. I feel that the fish's mouth, the coin, the basket and grain, water, need and provision are all represented. 



Matthew 17:24-27 (ESV)
24 When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Purple Cosmos

Purple Cosmos
How is it already June? All of a sudden, this year is absolutely FLYING by me. (You too?) It is time for shows, contests, and art fairs, and somehow or other, it all sneaked up on me.

This past weekend was a local art fair that I have always loved attending, and this year for the first time, I was one of the people in a white tent! It was a good show for me, but I already feel like I will busy until Christmas! Well, maybe not quite...

$175.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

12 x 12" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on 
acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper


Ready to frame




Today I finally got back into the studio to paint. Ahhh. That makes such a difference. The time just melts away, and I am surprised when I look at the clock and it is past time for me to be doing other things. Here is a work that has been many, many layers in the making, and is one of several that have been WIPs in my studio. I love the colors, textures, and the celestial feel of this little piece. It is one that I have spent time looking at over and over again. It reminds me of this passage of Scripture. 

Psalm 19:1-3 "The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words, 
whose voice is not heard."

Monday, May 29, 2017

Keep a Stout Heart (Clorinda)

Keep a Stout Heart
"Are you reading your trash novels?" my Beloved Husband will ask whenever he finds me reading. (To tell the truth, I doubt he knows what a trash novel really is.) I do occasionally read historical fiction, but since he is not really a reader, ANY novel is a trash novel! A favorite comedic writer of historical fiction is Georgette Heyer, and I was reading from one of her books the other day as I thought about the finishing touches for this painting that was on my easel. Toward the end of the story, the hero says, "Keep a stout heart, Clorinda," to the heroine (who is NOT named Clorinda), and surprisingly, that sentence stopped me and carried my thoughts out of the book and into 'real life'. 


$375.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling

20 x 16" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on watercolor paper


ready to frame

This painting has been a handful because I have been painting on a different kind of watercolor paper than I am used to. It surprises me how a seemingly small change can take such a lot of adjustment to achieve results that satisfy me. During the time that I have been working on this one, my kids have decided on grad school, (financial burden and overwhelming decision making on their part, as well as packing, moving, etc.), and I have been struggling with some kind of problem with my neck, back and shoulder that has become nearly debilitating. I only mention this because I feel that I subconsciously painted some of these things in this abstract work. Bold shapes, brash brush strokes, unusual (for me) choices all seem to show my struggles. 

(Incidentally, I took this painting with me to a meeting of a group of artists with whom I meet monthly. We peer review each others' work, and I so much appreciate their input! After hearing the title of the work, one of them asked me if the shapes were the 'Stout Hearted Men'. I had not heard of that, so I googled it, and found this clip from an old movie I will have to find and watch.)

I have been reminded of things by my Loving Heavenly Father in many different ways, and I enjoyed His getting my attention through a novel this time. And through a painting. Here is the verse that comes to my mind as I think of how He is taking care of my every need. 

Philippians 4:19 "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Glenna


Glenna
My grandmother was a beautiful socialite in the 1920s, according to family tradition. We actually have a couple of photos of her from that time doing a 'scarf dance' with friends. I think my artistic 'soul' came through my grandmother. She had a gorgeous singing voice, and an infectious, tinkling giggle when I was a small child. 




SOLD

6" x 6" 
Painted with Golden Open Acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

My first try with Golden Open Acrylics, this little 6 x 6 figure sketch turned out well! I love it, and am looking forward to practicing and learning more about and with Open Acrylics! 

Today, on social media, both of my kids announced that they are accepted and attending seminary this coming fall! Amazing to me! So today, my thoughts are on heritage. Both the heritage I received, and the one that my Beloved Husband and I pass on. This verse says it perfectly. 

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I Love Being An Artist study

I Love Being an Artist study
"It's embarrassing, really," I thought to myself as I uploaded this little landscape study today. Yesterday I was looking at my Instagram feed, and noticed another artist working with her Pantone book to plan colors for her next pieces. Why have I never thought to use my Pantone book (a throwback to my commercial artist days) for my color research?

SOLD

6" x 6" (technically 5.875" x 6.5")

Painted with acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame




Almost every part of being an artist is 'my favorite'. (Not marketing, so much, or taxes, or loading up after a show... but everything else!) I really love the research part, whether it be searching for composition, technique, or color theory. I have four color wheels in my studio that I use when I paint, and they cover different color theories. I love to try to figure out how the theory feels, and which one works for which painting. 

This study was primarily painted with washes using a CMYK color theory wheel. The trusty "rule of thirds" composition with diagonal movement seemed interesting to me for today. I really love the cheerful feel of this piece. It reminds me that I love being an artist!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gomer's Wilderness

Gomer's Wilderness
For the last several days I have been looking at my painting Gomer's Wilderness and thinking that I wanted to change it - make it a more interesting painting. So today in my studio, I worked on it, and I like this version much better! 

$325.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling

20 x 16" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on canvas, gold leaf



Friday, May 12, 2017

Ambiance

Ambiance
"Thanks for the fun date," he said to me as he drove me home. My husband and I have been married for 31 years now, and we still try to date each other every Friday night, and sometimes more often than that. We are still actually pretty crazy about each other, and I am so very thankful! That solid foundation of acceptance and encouragement allows me to do my best - and him, too. 
 
SOLD $195.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
11 x 14" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on canvas

This painting is not a heavy, overworked painting. It feels light and allusive. But somehow, to me, it leaves no doubt that it is a finished painting. And I love it!


Every once in a while, I become aware again of how much I depend on my Heavenly Father's love for me, even more than that of my husband. This morning was one of those mornings. I was feeling especially in need of Him, and He gave me a full dose of His attention, through His word, another person who called me, and circumstances that remind me of the way He provides all I need in my life. (Not that it is always easy, by any means! But He has always - always - come through for me.) The verses I read were not heavy or overstated in His words to me. But He left me no doubt that He loves me, accepts me, and encourages me to do my best. He is kind of awesome in that way!


Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Beyer Trail Landscape

Beyer Trail Landscape
Makoto Fujimura has written an excellent book called Culture Care, and I have really enjoyed reading it! I currently have a lot of highlighting and bracketing in my copy. 

$175.00 plus $10.00 shipping and handling

9 x 12" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on canvas


Here are some quotes that I have particularly enjoyed:

"An encounter with beauty can show us what could be, and can make us rightly dissatisfied with the way things are." pp. 55-56

"Art is ultimately not "useful". It serves no practical function. This is why it is indispensable, especially in the modern age." p.81

"I am not a Christian artist. I am a Christian, yes, and an artist. I dare not treat the powerful presence of Christ in my life as an adjective. I want Christ to be my whole being." p. 84

With a couple of chapters to go, I look forward to finishing the book. I cannot tell you how many pages of underlining I have in my copy. I would encourage you to read it too!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gomer's Wilderness (now revised)

Gomer's Wilderness
"Which comes first, the inspiration or the painting?" This is probably the most common question I get when people talk to me about my paintings, and it is not always easy to answer. I am not sure how to explain exactly when the inspiration kicks in on some paintings, but on some, the concept is there before I even choose what size my painting will be.  

Today's painting is one where the concept 'sneaked up on me'. I think that once in a while the subconscious thoughts on my mind just start to present themselves on my canvas. 

I decided to make some changes to this painting. Find the new image here
 

I have been reading in the Old Testament for quite a few months now. (I like to read through the Bible in order, and then return and start over from the beginning when I finish.) I reached the remarkable story of Hosea and Gomer, and I was struck with a particular verse. GOD was using the relationship of the prophet, Hosea, and his promiscuous wife, Gomer to illustrate GOD's relationship with His people, Israel, who continually turned away from Him to worship idols. In this verse, GOD says He will take Israel back yet again, and charm her away from false loves that harm her. 

Hosea 2:14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
    and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her."

Could it be that the current struggle I have been slogging through (medical issues) could be something He is using to wean me from something that is not helpful to me? These thoughts were in the back of my mind as I started to rework an old, failed painting. 

I love the colors in this one, and I like the landscape-y feel. The gold leaf represents the presence of GOD, in my mind. It feels lush and growing, yet a bit unsteady - unfamiliar - like being in a wilderness might feel. Though I am not sure I could say "The concept came first" with this piece, I suspect that my thoughts painted themselves through my eyes and brush anyway!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Last Supper

Last Supper
“What did Jesus do on Thursday?” I asked my Beloved Husband this morning, as he gave my shoulders a good massage. “Friday was the crucifixion, and last Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday, so what was HE doing on Thursday?” We agreed that it would have been the day for the Last Supper with HIS disciples, and that we would have to go to the Bible to brush up on a more precise timeline of HIS last week.

After my BH headed off to work, I did get my Bible and read, both a New Testament account of the last week, and a section in the Old Testament where I have been reading each day. On Tuesday or Wednesday, the costly perfume was lavished on Jesus. The alabaster jar that was expensive, and was broken and completely spent on HIM was evidently the last straw for HIS follower, Judas Iscariot. Judas was responsible for the money for the group of Jesus and HIS followers, and it must have seemed just beyond reason to spend that much in such an impractical way!

I read about the bread and the cup offered at the Passover meal – the Last Supper. “Remember Me.” HE talked to them, served them, washed their feet, and prepared them with such great love.

$500.00 plus $40.00 shipping and handling
30" x 30" painted with the finest quality heavy-body 
acrylic paint on 1.5" deep, gallery wrapped  canvas



On my walk today, the weather was very gray. Very gray. It seemed slightly misty, and slightly breezy, and slightly cool, but just – gray. I was thinking as I walked about how Jesus must have felt on this day. HE wanted to share the Passover meal with HIS friends, but I have to think the human dread of what HE knew was coming had to hang over HIM like a heavy grayness. I would think HIS heart must have raced with panic at the knowledge of what was coming. It must have been hard to concentrate, and hard to breathe at times. It felt hard for me to breathe as I thought about it. I realized, too, that HE knew that two of HIS friends would deny and betray HIM. Oh, how that must have added to the burden!

I don’t think I have ever thought of myself as stronger than Peter was when he denied Jesus. I think I have often prayed that I would never betray HIM like Judas did. But I felt distant today as I contemplated betrayal and denial. Cool and distant.

Thinking about what to paint, I thought of betrayal over and over, to my chagrin.  “Do You really want me to paint THAT, Lord?” I asked HIM? “Well, at least can I do it on a small canvas? Who would ever want to buy a painting about betrayal?” I thought about composition and color and began to plan to paint this work that I did not want to paint. “Purple and gold, for the triumphal entry, and for the bread and the wine. And they will mix to a gray, since they are complements.” But who would want to buy that?

Jesus’ great sacrifice for me brought thankfulness to my heart as I kept walking. “Kneel.” What Lord? “Kneel.” I kneel in prayer at home when I think HE is calling me to kneel – on carpet, with a chair to lean on and something to support me as I get back up. And with no one watching. Looking at a bench along the path, I glanced up the boardwalk and saw a woman coming. “I will just walk past this and kneel over there. I would hate to have her worried that I was unwell. I would hate to bother her.” As she passed me, and I headed to the steps where I could kneel, I recognized what had just happened. I had just denied HIM. Betrayed HIM. Surely I could have told her I was just praying. She would just have thought me odd. But I didn’t. I glanced up in a tree, and a red-winged blackbird was there. He looked at me, shrugged his musty wings, and called three times. Not even kidding.

What a reminder for me! HE loves and forgives me because of the sacrifice of Jesus, I know, but what a powerful experience and illustration HE served me. He prepared me to paint betrayal with my own experience. He lovingly ‘washed my feet’. 

Luke 22:14-18 "When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.  And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

When the Morning Stars Sang

When the Morning Stars Sang
"Have I ever shown you this on Google Maps before?" asked my Beloved Husband. "If you zoom way out, you can see the stars and the milky way, and even the sun!" He and I were (as is our usual morning routine) on the couch with our coffee going over schedules, prayer requests, and general conversation. I was really struck with how there is no 'right side up' when I am looking at the image of the earth hanging in space. No poles, no lines of latitude and longitude, and no oval orbit paths. Just a sphere. You can navigate all the way around the sphere on the map, and if you didn't know what you were looking at, there would be no way of picking up what the order, boundaries, and patterns are for this planet. 
$2,000.00 plus $50.00 shipping and handling

48" x 48" painted with the finest quality heavy-body 
acrylic paint on 1.5" deep canvas




The painting is done with several shades of blue, and I have used gold leaf on part of the work, too. To me, gold leaf - or any shiny or iridescent color - often represents GOD. The squares are laid out at an angle which reminds me that the framework and direction of our world are completely decided by the Creator. There may not be a grid that I can find in outer space, but HE has made one and established this little planet on it. 

I was especially caught up with the map my husband was showing me because of this large painting I have been working on. The theme behind this work is from the Old Testament book of Job, where GOD answers all of the questions and arguments that have been put forth by Job and his friends by saying, in essence, who do you think you are? Where were you when I created all of this? 

Chapters 38 - 40 of this book are full of breathtaking poetry that just begs to be heard and seen. Here are a few examples from these chapters:
38:4-7 "“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
    Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
    Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
    or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"

38:16 - 18 "Have you traveled to the sources of the sea
or walked in the depths of the oceans?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you comprehended the extent of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this."

38:19-20 "“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
That you may take it to its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its home?"

39:26-27 "Does the hawk take flight by your understanding
and spread its wings to the south?
Does the eagle soar at your command and make its nest on high?"

40:1-4 "The Lord answered Job:
Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
Let him who argues with God give an answer.
Then Job answered the Lord:
I am so insignificant. How can I answer You?
I place my hand over my mouth."

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Abstract 026b - second part of diptych

Abstract 026b
This morning, I enjoyed some great 'conversation' (digitally speaking) with my adult kids. We were looking at an essay my son is writing as he applies to grad school, and here are parts of the conversation:


Son (written as part of his essay): As an example: what if, instead of having all the artwork in a church facility being images of the cross, an empty tomb, or Jesus with the little children (paintings I’m sure we’ve all seen thousands of times), our buildings were filled with a medley of different techniques, subjects, palettes, and focuses that still bring beauty and draw our metaphorical eyes to our Heavenly Father, but which could also be a point of drawing in people from outside our faith? What if our music on Sunday mornings didn’t simply have a technical focus of being easy to sing and arranged in an inoffensive manner (though these are noble and often necessary targets), but we put forth a desire for beauty and diversity in the music, and aspired to create sounds that draw in our communities?

Me: I love this.


Daughter: Me too. Along these lines, what if also the BEST painters and authors in the realms (not just in the Christian realms) were Christian? What if there were painters who were entering their art in secular competitions who were winning, whose art portrayed more than crosses and empty tombs? 

Oh my goodness, I love that they are thinkers and communicators! (See my daughter's blog here.)

$350.00 plus $25.00 shipping and handling

22"  x 22", part two of a diptych 

painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free watercolor paper

Ready to frame 


Part of a diptych. Price for purchasing both paintings together is $625.00 plus $25.00 shipping and handling.

Abstract 026 diptych

Their thoughts tie in with a book I have been reading by Makoto Fujimura. Here are a couple of quotes from his book, Culture Care

"Fragmentation comes when we forget the importance of beauty for our lives and the necessity - for both individual and social flourishing - of sharing the experience of beauty in community," Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care, p. 33-34

"The implicit and explicit cultural pressures toward ideological uniformity are so high that one could say that in the culture wars artists are free to express anything other than beauty." Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care, p. 36

I am feeling inspired by all of this - gotta go paint!
Coram Deo.