Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"Cloud Canyon" Oil Painting, 36x60

"Cloud Canyon" Oil on Canvas, 36x60
As I was working on this one I kept reading Psalm 19: 1-4 over and over again.  It says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day the pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
The topography of clouds is beautiful to me.  Sometimes little holes happen that pull the eye through. At other times great valleys of puffed cumulus and high peaks.  I call this "Cloud Canyon" because during a storm the pressure from cold and warm air pushes the cloud up into an updraft that will eventually form a "anvil" looking top.  If you look closely there is a little lightning inside the clouds at the bottom right.  Lightning within a cloud can sometimes be muted by the layers of water and cloud.  I wanted the viewer to "find" it.  I also wanted to play with the light from the sun behind the cloud as well as the gathering dark and the beautiful layers that happen when they meet.
There has been a great deal of emotion put into this painting.  More than I can write in a blog entry.  But it is enough to say as I wait for His answers I have Him.  I can pour out my heart day after day, night after night.  There is nowhere I can go that He doesn't hear my words.  As I enter into Holy Week I think of all the emotions He must have felt: anger, disappointment, sorrow, fear even resignation.  I think of the storms He calmed and the lives He brought great peace... and also the ones He chose not to heal and storms He chooses to have us endure.  I think of the peaks and that golden light so pure, so radiant.  I think of a tomb filled with that same light.  His story has spilled out into all the world like an everlasting rain. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Darkness into Light Opening Night

Some of the friends and artists at opening night
I wanted to share with you how opening night went for the show, "Darkness Into Light" by Faith Artists.  We opened on March 9th at Jacque Lamy Gallery on Dragon St. in Dallas.  What a blessing to be in such a lovely space for this show.  The reception ran from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and we had a good crowd the whole time.  Another praise!
One of our Faith Artists talking in the foreground
I had comments during the evening from the visitors and guests that this was the favorite of the Faith Artists shows we have done to date.  What a great compliment.  We are so pleased that the audience seems to be "getting" what we are striving after.  To share truths in fresh ways and of course to glorify God, the Master Artist.
 At one point during the evening I looked around the room and every artist was in conversation being encouraged or encouraging those around them.  I cannot tell you how this stirs my heart.
My husband and I in front of my piece, "Between Bare Trees"
Of course, it was a real joy to have my sweet hubbie with me.  He not only encourages me and prays for us he also shares his presence and support.  That means the world.
If you have a chance to get by the show please see it.  "Darkness Into Light" will be up until April 11th.  There are over 16 artists who put careful thought and heart into each piece.
For more on Faith Artists go to: www.faithartists.com