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Friday, February 20, 2015

Warrior Dance

"Warrior Dance"
10"x8" Oil on Canvas Paper

     This isn't the greatest photo of this painting, but it is a great painting.  This one started out very abstractly.  It also started out with nothing in mind except painting.  I find myself always asking the Lord what he says..."what, Lord...what"?  Sometimes I really have to dig deep and search.  This was one of those.  The very moment that I saw the little bright spot at the top left, I knew!  I knew where I was going with it.  It was so exciting!  There was no striving, no fretting.  I knew.  Isn't that great?  The colors blended for me, and it just clicked.  
     My mon posted the following comment, which is worth taking note of: 

 It is a war between God and Satan and we are in the middle. We need to learn how to war in the Spirit. I learned how to do that in 1996, when Genny and I fought a war of the spirit of death, over my brother. We won and he is still alive today and has lived longer than statistics say he could live. Sad to say most Christians either don't know this and/or don't know how to do it.(And there is a way of warring in the Spirit during praise and worship. I've done that also.

     We are Warrior Dancers!  Are you?


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Free to Be Me

"Free to Be Me"
20"x16" Original Oil on Stretched Canvas

     Sometimes as an artist and probably in other areas of life as well, we tend to try to fit ourselves into a mold; one that we think we should fit into rather than the one that God made for us.  The other night, I was in a painting mood but had nothing in mind to paint.  I had nothing started so nothing to finish.  But I knew that I had to paint.  I took a canvas and squished out my favorite oil colors and began.  I just began to paint. I love painting dancers as I imagine myself dancing before the Lord.  I didn't grow up dancing like many other girls, and my body isn't quite the ballerina type.  But sometimes, in my studio, all alone I dance.  I've studied many photos of beautiful dancers and some are buried into my mind.  They are so free!  That's me, sometimes late at night in my studio.  Free.

     I've been invited to feature my work in the http://www.theworshipstudio.org.  I think I'll start with this painting.  What do you think?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Social Media Help

     I'm so excited!  I just discovered ifttt.com!  If you need a shortcut to posting to all of your accounts, this is the place to go.  I learned about it from artistshelpingartistsblogtalkradio.  You can create your own recipes so that if you post in one location, it will automatically post in other locations.  What a time saver!  Check it out.  It's pretty user friendly.

Go when "He" says go, and stay when "He" says stay

"Cloud by Day, Fire by Night"
28"x22" Original Oil on Canvas

     Sometimes, you've just got to rework a painting a little.  I'd looked at this for a couple of weeks, trying to decide how to add some heaviness to the bottom without making it muddy.  I think I accomplished it.  I got to thinking about how the Israelites would stay in one place or move out according to whether they had cloud coverage or a fire to go by.  Wouldn't that be something, if we could all be so tuned in to the Holy Spirit so that we would only act when we had the leading?  It seems like I go in seasons of this; seasons of being tuned in and seasons of needing to tune in.  What about you?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"A Mother's Blessing"

"A Mother's Blessing"
8x10" Oil

I know there are so many of you out there that have lost your mother, and need inner healing.  I found this blessing on this website:

I pray that you can take it in and receive into your spirit, the Spirit of Truth and Blessing.

 My dear child… I know that the Scriptures command you to honor me; and I want you to know that you will honor me best by becoming and being all the Lord intends you to be. I ask the Lord to richly bless you. 
 I ask the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of His Cross and Blood to set you free now from any harsh or cruel words that I said... especially the ones you keep remembering over and over...I am so sorry.
 I ask the Lord to set you free from heart injuries you sustained from me or from others in whose care I placed you in. I ask the Holy Spirit to set you free from: heartache, disappointments, dreads, grief, or rage you cannot resolve. 
 And I’m so sorry for any other struggles I may have caused you... May you be healed from being ignored by me...or smothered by me. 
 If I ever made you feel less than or not good enough…I am deeply sorry and ask you to please forgive me. May the Lord set you free from working so hard to please me when nothing ever would. May the Lord set you free from trying to get from me what I never had to give you...I’m so sorry.
 May the Lord set you free from blaming me for failing you...not because I need that, but so you can be free to grow;… to receive;…and to achieve;… to be creative in ways you have not yet imagined... 
 May the Lord give you all the things I was unable or unwilling to give you.
May the Lord guide you in ways I never could and grant you peace. 
 May the Lord free you from any of my grief, fear, terror, anger, dread, and expectations you are still trying to live up to. 
 May the Lord free you from feeling that you have to always be perfect.
 I pray that God will help you to see that the hurt and pain I caused you came from my own childhood. It limited me, and I am so sorry if it has limited you.
 I pray that God will remove from you any belief that you were not wanted… or loved.
 I pray that you have no doubt that you are the gender you are supposed to be.
 Please forgive me for not nurturing you. I pray that the Lord will release you from any unhealthy bond that you may have with me… I want you to keep all of the good that came from me, and give the rest to God. 
 My precious one…I love you. I am so proud of you. I am so glad you were born.
 Be released now to be the person that God created you to be. Be free…my love…and live!