Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Emancipation Proclamation" 55x55, Oil on Canvas

"Emancipation Proclamation"
55x55, Oil on Canvas

I woke up on morning with this "idea" or image in my mind of a tree. I want to thank Matt Guilford for his input on the painting. What a blessing he is (and Betsy too!). 

In a time where it's hard to talk about racial issues without there being so much misunderstanding between what is said and what is meant I pray images can help us feel our way to each other.

Friday, September 1, 2017

"Memory" 16x72, Oil on Canvas

"Memory" 16x72, Oil on Canvas

The American Landscape holds our dead and our violence and begins the slow process of life anew.

This was from a great deal of Civil War reading I'm doing right now.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"Into the Deep" 55x55, Oil on Canvas

"Into the Deep" 
55x55, Oil on Canvas

Getting back into some larger works and it feels good! I forgot how much paint it takes though so have been making more orders. It was so great to get back to Big Bend and think and feel that enchanting place again.

Have been sitting on a few ideas for paintings that have been rumbling within me for a while. I will post soon. Pray peace over this frayed country.

Monday, August 7, 2017

"Night Lights" 48x36, OIl on Canvas

"Night Lights" 48x36, Oil on Canvas

A Mentor and Friend of mine suggested the title for this and I just loved it. 

I am inspired by the magical feeling of fireflies.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Gomer" 48x36, Oil on Canvas

"Gomer" 48x36, Oil on Canvas

I've had this in my mind for a while and finally got the chance to paint it. I am going to try to do more as a series of responses to Hosea. I thought about how she was "lost" out in the city. Her husband had to go looking for her. A man that loved to be in the country. I thought about his love for Gomer and how he looked until he found her and bought her back from her enslavement at whatever the cost. I thought about what had enticed her to leave. Her wayward heart that was looking for some excitement or attention. All along what she truly needed was to stay true to her first love.

In a way this is a painting of contrasts. One of heavenly light (as my friend Matt pointed out) and city lights. One of light fading and one of lights coming on. One of an abstract bending of light and another a grid of lines cutting through our city like scissor clips. It's also about how a city sometimes forgets to just look up. Beauty is grace.

As I've been traveling this summer I have seen some beautiful landscapes in our country. Farmlands and fields, waterfalls and valleys. I got to stay in some motels along the way and move over some of the concrete lines that traverse our nation. Getting passed or passing the trucks that really move this country from one end to the other. My kids and I having a time looking at all the different license plates.

I couldn't help but see how many "Adult Bookstores" lined the highways. It has become clear to me that everything is accessible just off the freeway. This was the first time in my life that I actually used the Anti Trafficking Hotline while on vacation. We were pulling into our hotel in Arkansas and passed another one on the way. One with a balcony. I have learned through Children's Advocacy Center of Texas that some hotels off the freeway with balcony's are used by traffickers. As we were passing this motel I saw a young lady on the balcony standing with a young man. She looked right at me in the van. She had a little tattoo on her stomach and the young man was pulling her arm. I've learned that this lets Johns know that she is available as they come off the freeway. As we left for dinner a few minutes later we passed the same hotel and I didn't see her out there anymore. I could not shake the feeling that I should report it just in case. After dinner, I did contact the Anti-Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 or SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO"). You can give your tips anonymously if you choose to do so.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Creative ARTS Workshops

Creative ARTS Workshops Offered This Summer:

Two exciting opportunities for creatives to consider this summer!

Oil Painting Workshop, July 17-20 6-8 pm, Instructor - Dawn Waters Baker - reserved for ages 15 through adult, who truly want to become landscape painters.  Cost is $150 for four sessions and this includes ALL the materials that will be needed.We will be learning how to paint, "The Emotional Landscape" using different palettes along with discussion and examples of mood and value choice. This is for all levels.

Here is a little about Dawn:

Dawn was born and raised the child of missionaries on the islands of the Philippines. She grew up under the shadow of an active volcano and learned to look for the beauty in lives much harder than her own. In 1994 she moved to Dallas for college where she received her BA in Arts from DBU, Magna Cum Laude in 1998. Soon after she married a mathematician, Kendrick Baker and they had three girls, Myla, Keeva and Avia. In her free time she likes to hike, travel and teaches art in Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center once a week for incarcerated youth.

Her art is collected by many businesses as well as private owners.  Her piece, “Release” is on permanent display in the New York Times Building. She finished five original drawings for the book, “Why, O God?” published by Crossway books.  She is a Signature member of Artists of Texas. Dawn is affiliated with Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas Design District, Kate Shin Gallery in New York, NY, Joseph Gierek Fine Art in Tulsa, OK, and currently with White Stone Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. She was also selected as the 2015 Artist in Residence for Big Bend National Park. She had a solo exhibit in 2016 based on her time and inspiration at the Park. Her work has been in national shows including The National Weather Biennale, Jubilee Museum of Sacred Art Biennale, CIVA Contemporary Images of Mary and Ex Nihilo at Roberts Wesleyan College. She has an upcoming exhibit with the Nave Museum in 2018 and a second residency at Gettysburg National Military Park in July and August of 2018.

Theater Workshop, Tuesdays in August 1, 8, 15, 22, Instructor - Mac Lower - for ages 15 through adult.  Cost is $200 for four sessions (or $50 per session).

Here is a little about Mac:

Mac Lower received his BA in theatre from Union University, and a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston.  While attending U of H Mr. Lower had the privilege of studying with Sir Peter Hall and Edward Albee.  Upon graduation Mac worked as an actor with the AD Players, the Creede Repertory Theatre, and Theatre West Virginia.  In 2004 he participated in the Lincoln Center Theatre's Directors Lab where he attended seminars led by such directors as Julie Taymor, Simon McBurney, Mark Lamos, and Susan Stroman.  During his career Mr. Lower has worked as an actor, director, technician, and educator.  He has taught acting and directing at East Texas Baptist University, Temple College, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Richland College.  Today he serves as the Production Manager for the contemporary worship service of Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

You can register with and make online payments through using the following codes:  "Painting WS" for the oil painting and "Theater WS" for theater.  Questions? Contact