Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Vein" 10x10, Oil on Canvas (2nd part of Triptych Study)

"Vein" 10x10, Oil on Canvas

Finished the 2nd part study for the larger Triptych I want to do. I added the trickles here and there and liked what was happening. I tried to "tuck" some of the water back in shadow and may try a little more of that tomorrow too.

I've noticed with grace that we can often miss the hidden veins that God refreshes us with. He comes in the darkest spots at first, but later we see the places filled. He was there the whole time.

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Release" 10x10, Oil on Canvas (study)

"Release" 10x10, Oil on Canvas

Just finished this little study after a few days of preparing for a larger triptych. I have three 36x36 pieces laying across my studio right now with the drawings on them ready to go. I wanted to figure out the coloring first and thought doing a quick study would give me a better feel for how it would look. 

As I think of grace poured out on our lives I am struck by how God gives us that release. The release from our fears, our striving to be something we aren't. He releases us from the bondage of ourselves. I've been thinking lately how sometimes His grace falls on us in a powerful way and sometimes in hidden trickles. It seems to find its way to the very lowest places.

Please pray for me as I start. I am excited and anxious but I feel this is exactly where I need to be right now. Oh, and my studio is a MESS...and I can't move.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"The Rivers' Line" 20x20, Oil on Canvas

"The Rivers' Line" 20x20, Oil on Canvas

It's been a little while since I posted a painting. I've been working on this one pretty steadily. I love the way the river winds around the firm nature wearing away the edges of the land. I also like the reflective quality of the dark earth having these bright veins of water running through.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Skyline" 12x48, Oil on Canvas

"Skyline" 12x48, Oil on Canvas

I'm working towards a show in April and this is my first installment off the easel. I hope to have several for the gallery to pick from.

I love ridge lines. I like to paint the layers of color you can get with them. Instead of pushing this to a bright red I used a newer color (for me) Transparent Oxide Red. I mixed the blue with this red to get the neutrals.

First painting of 2015 and it's a long vista out into the horizon. I don't know what this year holds but I believe God has good things in mind. His good for my good.