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.)

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22"  x 22", part two of a diptych 

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

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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.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Abstract 026 - diptych part A

Abstract 026a
"You can study for renewing your flight instructor certificate, and I will work on my blog, my newsletter, updating my website, uploading paintings... " My Beloved Husband and I were on a weekend get-away that was (supposed to be) work oriented. We stayed on a harbor on Lake Michigan where we had huge windows with a view of a marina and a little outdoor seating area. Oh, it was so satisfying to sit and look at the water, and to listen to the rain. I got a lot done, if you count soaking in beauty and spending precious time with my Beloved. Not so much if you are checking up on my computer work!

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22"  x 22", part one of a diptych 

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

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This painting is the first part of a diptych, with the second being posted tomorrow. (At least, I think it will be!) When I first started abstract painting, I tried a little triptych in these colors that is still one of my favorites. I decided to try to refer to those little paintings to make a bigger set. It was such a pleasure to work on this. (To purchase the diptych, contact me directly.)

As I think about our 'work retreat' this past weekend, this section of the Psalms comes to mind: 
Psalm 127:1 "Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep."

Or, as another version says it, 
Psalm 127:2 (NASB)
"It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
 For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep."

Marina view

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


When I asked Google to define 'breakthrough', here is what it said. 

-a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development.
-an instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity.

I can think of at least three areas in my life where I would welcome a boost these days. One of them is in my painting. It is not so much that I want a leap in ability or technique as I want a deeper dedication and commitment to practice and learning. Don't get me wrong - I would welcome a magical leap in skill and especially in marketing. Wouldn't everyone? But that breakthrough in focus...

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While I was reading my Bible this morning, I was asking my Heavenly Father for a breakthrough of a different kind. I was asking for a renewed passion for Him and His path for my walk through this life. I do love Him dearly - I think I love Him more than life itself - yet I find myself slipping into an easy, self absorbed lifestyle. I don't want to just call myself a follower of Jesus. I want Him to empower me in my daily living. I want to live differently because I belong to Him. 

My passage was in Ezekiel today, and I find these Old Testament books to be challenging in many ways. Today there were such sad words again about the demise of Israel and Judah in the ancient world. Chapter 8 talked about how the leaders of God's people each followed his own idol and how they all together worshiped abominable 'gods'. Ezekiel saw God's beautiful glory, but then he saw it departing. 

Ez. 9:3 Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub on which it rested to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writing case at his waist. And the Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.”

Ez. 10:18a "Then the glory of the Lord went out from the threshold of the house..."

I pray that my own breakthrough - my achievement of success - will be in my focus on my Heavenly Father. He is beautiful and glorious, and I don't want to follow any but Him. 
Coram Deo. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Singin' the Blues

Singin' the Blues
"Who is your favorite blues singer?" I asked my son over messenger. He is a luthier and works in a music store. He and I often compare notes on art and music. I find it especially interesting to learn about genres of music that are newer to me. I love to find music where the tune, instrumentation and style "say the same thing" as the lyrics. 

I feel the same way about visual art. To me, great art is art where the composition, style, and colors express the concept that may or may not be given in a title. There is just something so amazing about art - any of the arts, really - and the way they seem to open new communication or understanding. 

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

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This painting has dark values, texture and edges, sharp contrast, and some glam in some parts. Of course, there is reference to a guitar, too. Depth and lostness, but at the same time hope and a safe place - at least musically - are some of the ideas that I think this little painting expresses. 

Here is a passage from the Bible that reminds me of 'the blues'. 
Psalm 139:7-12
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.