Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Secret Abstracts

Hello Again Groovy People!  I know, two posts in the same day!!  Don't faint!

I have some new art I want to share with you guys.  First off I'm starting a new abstract series entitled "The Calm Series."  I recently did a couple and donated them to a local charitable event.  When it came time to name them (I hate that part, sometimes I rack my brain for days trying to come up with a name!) but after doing these the name came to me immediately, "Calm Sea"

and "A Little Calm"

I really enjoyed doing them and they seem to be a hit so I thought I'd start a new series and do different sizes.

Here is the cool part, underneath the paint is a cross.  I wish I had thought to take a photo of the cross, but you know me, always an afterthought.  I love painting crosses, and one day was experimenting with new cross styles and I didn't like it so I made an abstract out of it.

That made me realize something that I never noticed before, every time I start an abstract seascape or landscape I start with a cross.  I draw my horizontal line and then I draw my vertical line to give myself a reference.  I don't usually do a vertical on each end, just one end, so it makes a cross.  You can kinda see it in this photo.

So I thought "Wow!  God really does guide my hands when I paint."  Even when I'm not consciously thinking about it, He is there guiding me.  I always try to say a prayer before I paint, whether on canvas or on furniture. I try to always thank Him for the gift He has given me and ask that He guide my hands so that I do the work He wants me to do.  So that got me to thinking, as mentioned in another post I told how I have started adding bible verses on the back of my crosses, so why not add a verse about calmness on the back of these, so I did!

As with the crosses, I did a search for bible verses relating to calmness, then I printed them off.  As I sign each one I read the verses and pick the one that feels right for that piece, and then I say a little prayer that it helps whomever becomes the owner of that piece.

Just goes to show, God is always there, even in an abstract. 

Praying you feel God's calming love surrounding you today.



Abstract Crosses

Hello Groovy People!

I've got some new crosses I want to share with you.  I love painting crosses and I'm always trying new things.  Personally I don't think you can have too many crosses in the world!

Sometimes when I start painting I really have no idea what the end result will be.  I just kinda put some paint on there and keep going.

I've been playing around trying to come up with a new style of cross.  Then I thought, everyone loves those little block crosses I do so why not paint a cross similar to that style.

Its a little more in depth, not as simple, but that is what I wanted for the canvas work.

Then when I turned it over to write what I always write on the back of my crosses - "Let God's love guide the way"  

I had a thought, why not add a bible verse about God's guidance???  

So I did an internet search for bible verses relating to God's guidance and I printed them off.  

When I sign the back of each one I read the verses and pick the one that feels right for that piece.  I then say a little prayer that the piece helps whomever becomes the new owner.

I love this because it not only helps whomever becomes the owner, but it helps me as well.  It helps refresh my memory on bible verses and puts me in the right frame of mind.  

Hoping you all have a blessed day, and be sure to let God's love guide the way, he won't steer you wrong!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Angel Wings

Thought I'd share some new artwork I did last week and finally finished today. 

I've had this idea floating around in my head for a while and last month I finally got a chance to play around with it.  I did a piece for one of the stores that sells my stuff for a girls night out event.  Unfortunately I didn't get a a photo of it and it sold that night.  It was such a hit I couldn't wait to do some more.

Angel wings are so popular right now .  I think because they are so ethereal.

And maybe they make you feel protected, likey are covering you with God's love.

And really, can you think of anything prettier?

On the back I've written Psalm 91:4

"He shall cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge."