Friday, February 24, 2017

Can You Hear Me?

Can You Hear Me?
"Can you hear me?" a voice asks, and if you answer "yes", then (apparently) your identity is stolen in a new scam that is currently going around. Every once in a while, I get pretty exasperated by all of the warnings. Don't answer that. Don't go there by yourself. Don't eat that. Secure that with a lock/password/system. Make sure you prepare for that. Save that. *sigh* 

$850.00 plus $50.00 shipping and handling

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

What fun it has been, painting on such a big canvas! I have to admit, though, it is a little intimidating. I had to remind myself frequently that I could paint over anything I didn't like. (And actually, that I LIKE painting over paintings that just don't cut it.)

In this large work, there are small dot-like shapes that seem to float over a landscape. Many of them are iridescent copper-colored. To me, they represent communication. Everything from dots and dashes used in Morse code to 1s and 0s used in binary language, including digital music, art, voice, and so much more. These types of communications keep transportation working, families in touch, art markets flourishing (so I am told *wink*) and hospitals successful. The copper reminds me of all of my pennies - my money that is so important. Or so it seems. 

But the view here is even above all of that - above the communication, the money, and the earth itself. And the view is unobstructed by all of that communication. There is not a question of whether it is safe or true or a scam from this height. 

My thoughts are focused on GOD's word in Isaiah 55 when HE tells us that we don't think like HE does, and that HIS ways are above ours. HE sees clearly, and knows what is best for me. HE is never tricked by fake news or a scam phone call. How wonderfully reassuring it is for me to know that HE has the long view, so to speak, and also has the means to bring about what is best for me. I am thankful today!

Isaiah 55:8 - 9 “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."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Remember Those

Remember Those
This woman really drew my attention when I saw her photo in a magazine I enjoy - so much so that I wrote and got permission to paint her. I have to admit, I always find it tricky when I try to paint a person in 'my style'. 

$70.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling

6" x 6" painted with the finest quality acrylic heavy-body paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper

Ready to frame 

She is a woman who is displaced, and far from home, and she is my sister in Jesus Christ. It is easy to think of those who suffer on the other side of the world as though they were not people just like me. But they probably had a life very much like mine. So I will be praying for her specifically. 

2 Cor. 4:16 - 18  "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things  which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."

Friday, February 3, 2017

Thumbnail sketching

Today is the day for a gallery opening and artist reception for a group show I am part of. I am looking forward to this evening's reception. This has been such an easy show to prepare for! All I had to do was get paintings and information to The Gallery in Warsaw, IN, and they are doing the rest of the work. What a treat!

I have not finished a painting since the January '30 paintings in 30 days' challenge ended, but here is a thumbnail sketch for a new painting I plan to work on soon. I expect this one to be quite different from my norm! (I am thankful for the permission to use a photo of an Iraqi Christian woman for this one. The photo really moved me...) Keep your eyes open for the finished work!

Jeremiah 22:10 "Do not weep for the dead of mourn for him, But weep continually for the one who goes away; For he will never return or see his native land."