Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Lazarus" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord

"Lazarus" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord
I've been working through the book of John (not chronologically but just as the passages hit me). I wanted to show the moment when the light is about to break over the clouds. C.S. Lewis writes in Weight of Glory, "Nature is only the image, the symbol; but it is the symbol Scripture invites me to use. We are summoned to pass in through nature, beyond her, into that splendor which she fitfully reflects." 
I wanted to show the path of light as it trickles through the grooves and mist of cloud. Lazarus was called out. Imagine that! Leaving the grave he walked into the light. The True Light. Light called to darkness and out came a living man. Imagine Jesus' truth trickling through the crowd. He is God! What was once dead flesh is now whole and warm!
One thing Jesus says in this beautiful place of history, "Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40). I want to see the glory, don't you? I want to feel it's warmth over me, like a new day. A new life.

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Spring Light" 5x7 on Oil Primed Panel, Plein Air

"Spring Light" 5x7 on Oil Primed Panel, Plein Air
This past weekend I got the chance to Plein Air (outdoor) paint with my Dad. We had a great time listening to the geese honking at us (I think they wanted us to move but we happily ignored them) while we painted. It was a beautiful morning with light coming through the new spring leaves.
Dad painting
 It is good to see my Dad painting. He's really good but he says he's not. No one can paint trees like Dad.
The water was so still and the day was cool but not cold. Perfect.
I hate pictures
Did I mention I had forgotten the linseed oil back at the cabin and my sweet Dad went back to get it for me? Talk about kind! While he was gone I had two dogs come up and bark then come sniff my paints. At least the geese stopped honking for a few minutes while they were barking. Ha!
I really love my pochade box. I think I've mentioned that multiple times. But it's really compact and I can paint right on my lap. It fits in my backpack really nicely with room to spare. 
It was much more beautiful that day than my painting but I do love learning from nature. My goal is to get out once a week. Hope I can do it.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

"One Calling in the Desert" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord, Final

"One Calling in the Desert" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord
I am finally back painting after a few weeks of working with my church on images for Easter and also speaking in some various classes. I am ready to paint again and feel even insecure in the studio as it's been so long. I got back to this piece today and I love how God moves me towards something I didn't even see until I paint and that is the straight white light coming out behind the rock. "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God..."
Whenever I come to Him in need and insecure He seems to comfort me, "Just get to work." Is what I heard Him saying these past few days. It's good to be here.
My goal has been to just work through parts of John. I'm already on the next piece.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"One Calling in the Desert" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord from John

"One Calling in the Desert" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord
From John 1:23 and Isaiah 40:3-5  "A voice of one calling in the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. and the
glory of the Lord will be revealed and all mankind together will see it..."
I've been so inspired lately by the book of John and just want to keep painting from the places that are churning in my heart. This one was a little tough to get to the straight way but I started to pull at the paint on the rock and liked that it looked like it was coming apart (being made smooth). The light has come and the world has never again been the same.

Friday, April 4, 2014

"John 1" 12x12 Oil on Gessobord

"John 1" 12x12 on Gessobord
I've been thinking of doing a little series on John. This is one of the first studies. It's just good to get them out of my head. The contrast in the Book of John between light and darkness is all through the writing. I feel the emotion of that book and wanted to depict it with skies. Here's my first one called John 1.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Rain on the Hills" Sold at Smith Klein Gallery

"Rain on the Hills" 10x10, Oil on Canvas
All the works arrived yesterday to Smith Klein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. I'm pleased to share that this piece, "Rain on the Hills" sold yesterday as well. What a nice start to our partnership.
Here is the front of the gallery from Main St.
Front Window of Smith Klein
If you are in the area please stop in and see some of the lovely works they carry.