Monday, December 23, 2013

"To the Lowest Place" 48x60 Oil on Canvas

"To the Lowest Place" 48x60, Oil on Canvas
This is my final piece before the two woman show at Mary Tomas Gallery in January. I am so grateful that this big painting went so smoothly. I had asked for prayers to do my best and I truly felt them. Thank you!
As I worked on this painting I couldn't help but think of Christmas and the Incarnation. I read this and loved it, "Love treats everyone as they would want to be treated but to love much gladly takes the lower place as Jesus did in coming to earth." Holiness found the lowest place and loved there. I find myself coming back to these images of rocks and water and find that there is still something there I want to touch on.  The grace, the beauty, the hard against the soft. The way water runs in the lowest crevices and cracks. His grace spilled into the darkest parts.
One of my favorite Christmas hymns is "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus." I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I want you to see the lavish grace God has bestowed on us. This tiny baby, our sweet gift of hope. I leave you with these wonderful words penned by Charles Wesley:

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee. 
Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne

Saturday, December 7, 2013

"Smoke on the Mountain" 12x48, Oil on Canvas

"Smoke on the Mountain" 12x48, Oil on Canvas
We've had ice pass through Dallas these past few days leaving road conditions very hazardous and some homes without electricity. It has given me time to rest, be with the kids and paint. I know some people in Dallas are grumbling at the loss of good shopping days but I'm so thankful. I am grateful for the time to be quiet (yes, even with three restless kids!) with nothing we HAVE to do.
Yesterday I spent several hours outside looking at the ice and the trees. It was so fun. I will try to share more about that later. After I got back I knew I wanted to make my painting feel cold and almost like you can't really see it very clearly for the mist.  I spent a year of my life in Colorado and my Dad was raised in New Mexico. Both places have views of hills that overlap in carpets of trees. I always loved imagining myself hiking through the ridge lines seeing to the next layer.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Tendrils" 36x60, Oil on Canvas

"Tendrils" 36x60, Oil on Canvas
With all that has been going on I have been so thankful that my time in the studio has still been productive! Praise God for that. 
I love the way clouds curl and thicken in spots and thin in others. I get excited painting back lit clouds as they either keep the light filtered or they make little openings for the light to come through.  With this painting I wanted to keep the blue a true blue for the sky and so I mixed Ultramarine (which is a usually purple blue) with Cerulean blue (a light blue).  With the foreground clouds I went with Paynes Grey mixed with the Ultramarine and a little Cerulean.  I liked that it looked like tendrils curling in a valley of cloud. Layers of cloud with layers of wind movement.
Please come out to Mary Tomas Gallery in January to see this up close.