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Friday, August 29, 2014

Birthing Place

"Birthing Place"
Oil on Stretched Canvas

     This was a painting that I started during worship at church two weeks ago.  I'm very new to oils and loving every bit of it.  I took a workshop from Nancy Medina  in the spring, learning to paint flowers from life, and learning about oils.  I highly recommend her workshop, and I hope to take another from her.  This painting began with a vision that had. I long to see heaven.  When I read Revelations I enjoy imagining what the throne room is like.  I've recently had dreams in which God literally opened heaven and I got to see in!  This one was inspired by one of those times of seeing.  I've enjoyed hearing everyone's interpretation of it as well.  What does it say to you?  Purchase this painting

Monday, August 18, 2014

What the World Needs Now

"What the World Needs Now"
12"x12" Oil and Cold Wax on Wooden Panel

     Oh man.  I can't help but remember my life BC.  That is, Before Christ.  Enough said.  What the world needed then and still needs now, is His everlasting love.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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"Narrow Gate"

     I'm posting this painting again, because today there was new meaning to it.  One of the best things about learning to paint with Holy Spirit, is that He is always doing more than one thing at a time. I love doing it. I love, love, love having absolutely nothing in mind except worshiping the Lord as I paint! I love trusting Him for the colors, and even for the next stroke. I love the freedom that comes from not having to strive to make a certain image. I love the communion that goes on between He and me as I paint. I love how He speaks to me in the finished painting. I'm always studying and asking, "What are you saying, Lord"? For me, this painting had three different messages just for me. It's been hanging in the Sweetwater Prayer Center for a few weeks now. Today, my best friend walked in, sat down and excitedly shared with me what the Lord showed him through this painting. THAT is also what I love...when it really speaks to someone else! Below is what he saw. Now, that he pointed it out, I will never be able to look at this painting different. Can you see it? Pray, study, and see.

1 Corinthians 3:2-3. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Sail Away"

"Sail Away"
16x20 Watercolor on Arches Paper
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          Have you ever wanted to just sail away?  I sure have.  I've kind of wanted to do it this summer.  It's been a challenge.  It's been good, now that most of it is behind me.  Have you ever looked back and wished that you would have just sailed through the hard times instead of getting stuck in them?  That's me!  Hind sight is always better, isn't it?  When I was so tired...I wish I would have just "sahhhhed".  But, still the journey was all in all good.  Memories were made, and things ran pretty smoothly, other than an emergency room visit, and fast doctor visit, a few fowl words grumbled back and forth with my beloved in the stress of the moment.  I might not want to ever do it the same way, but I wouldn't give up the cherished moments.  The ones like a grandson sneaking into my room in the late night, dragging his bedding to sleep beside me on the floor...reaching up to grab my hand and hold it.  Or, the late night prayers.  I cherish the KP duty...where most of my grandchildren participated in a hurried dance of washing, drying and putting away of the dishes.  The early morning walks with the dogs were fun, and so were the one on one, hand in hand walks with a grandson; as we "snuck" away from the bunch.  All the questions about God, and the early morning devotions and prayer.  My goodness I could just relive all of those.   The cakes that were baked...the literal hours that it took to get the recipe read, and the batter in the oven.  Oh my.  Learning to sweep the floor correctly....and how to dust furniture with missing a spot...right down to emptying all of the trashes correctly...make the beds...cook Ramen... I sure hope that my babies always remember the memories that we made, and not the frustrations that we had.  I bet they will!  I know I sure will.  I am blessed beyond measure!  There is always time to "Sail away", and never enough time to enjoy your family!

Aged Tines

"Aged Tines"
Matts to a 20"x16
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     The models for this painting were some old and beautiful forks that once belonged to my Great Grandmother, Lillian Moore.  They have so much color and character, I just couldn't resist.  I did learn that such straight lines in watercolor are hard to achieve, especially if using masking material.  I hope you enjoy these.