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“Hiding Hurt”

“Hiding Hurt”

“Hiding Hurt”   I do not know this little girl’s name or story but was no less captivated when my friend sent me the photo she took of her while in Calcutta, India. There just seemed to be a story behind those eyes that very few knew about. We all seem to have those stories, don’t we? Maybe that’s why I was so drawn and wanted to capture her in watercolor. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9   Buy...

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“Ooh La La”

“Ooh La La”

“Ooh La La” In Christianity, the Good News is the message of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection which provides salvation to those who believe. Romans 10:15b says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” While I am quite certain God was not talking about feet graced in high heels when He inspired the writer’s words there, He no doubt was conveying His perspective of those who obey His command to go all over the world and preach the gospel. Of course, I don’t think a fine pair of shoes can hurt the cause!   Buy...

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“The Purity of Watercolor”

“The Purity of Watercolor”

“The Purity of Watercolor” Something that God has been working in me is purity of heart and mind. It can be easy to make a right choice here and there, but to consistently walk in right choices in our thoughts and actions can be hard. We’re human. I’m human. Psalm 51:10 has become my prayer, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Keeping my paintings “pure” isn’t always easy for me either! My process and techniques with watercolors are unorthodox, forcing them to be what they are not. That’s why my work looks more like oils than watercolors. In the process though, I taint their raw beauty and potential. When I created “The Purity of Watercolor”, my goal was to keep myself from robbing the medium of its unique inborn qualities and characteristics with my manipulation. Ahh, so hard for this artist to do! This wash represents a baby step for me, but it is no less a step in the right direction!   Buy...

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“The Art of Watercolor”

“The Art of Watercolor”

“The Art of Watercolor” Watercolor is a paint that has a mind of its own. It’s the beauty and the challenge of the medium. It’s why I love them and sometimes strongly dislike them. This strong-willed girl is constantly fighting against the paints to force them to do what ‘I’ want…although that doesn’t mean I always win! It really makes me think of the sovereignty and ways of God. There too, this strong-willed girl fights to control what she has little control over. The purpose of my yearlong creative challenge (where I created a new piece of art every week) was to loosen up my perfectionistic ways, allowing the inherent beauty of the medium to shine through. So, for three weeks, my works of art were nothing more than allowing the paint to do what it wanted, not what I wanted. The result was three washes, including this one… “The Art of Watercolor”. Quite possibly, you do not see the beauty and value in this piece that I do, but I am certain that is often God’s perspective of our circumstances that we struggle to appreciate and understand. He sees beauty and value when we don’t. Let’s trust that His ways are higher than ours and that He is working all things out for our good…regardless of our understanding. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5   Buy...

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“Emma’s Dancing Chucks”

“Emma’s Dancing Chucks”

“Emma’s Dancing Chucks” This painting is close to my heart as my oldest niece, Madelyn, took the photograph that I used as a reference. And her model…my other niece Emma and her dancing feet in the ballet step, sous-sus. I loved the photo so much that it was my inspiration for the first of 50 works of art I made when I challenged myself to create a new piece of art every week for a year. “Emma’s Dancing Chucks” is a fun representation of Psalm 149:3a… “Let them praise his name with dancing…” Praising our God is to be far from solemn and somber, so let’s pull out our dancing chucks and get praising! Buy...

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“Texas Longhorn”

“Texas Longhorn”

“Texas Longhorn”   While doing research on the Texas Longhorn I learned that they have a high drought-stress tolerance. Immediately after reading that I thought of Jeremiah 17:7-8… “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” I have always loved that verse for the truth it communicates. At its core, trusting God means standing resolved in His character of love and faithfulness to see us through…no matter what adversity we face. Trusting Him enables us to endure trials, without fear of the outcome, because much like the Longhorn, we will have a high drought-stress tolerance. Buy...

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“Pick One”

“Pick One”

“Pick One”   As the branch of a tree must remain attached to its life source in order to bear fruit, so we must remain connected to God in order to be producing the things of Him. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;” – Jesus in John 15:5 In verse 2 we’re told “He cuts off every branch…that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” Pruning can be painful and confusing, but as long as we remain standing in our faith, we will come through stronger and more fruitful than ever. …the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB) We cannot produce that kind of fruit on our own, but through the Holy Spirit we are able to bear a harvest that strengthens the world around us. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – Jesus in John 15:8 Buy...

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“Fresh Cherries”

“Fresh Cherries”

“Fresh Cherries” God’s mercies are new every morning…fresh for that day and its challenges. Lamentations 3:22-24 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’” “Fresh Cherries” represents God’s daily provision. We often look back on things in life and wonder, “How did I ever get through that?” or we look ahead with fear and dread and wonder, “How will I ever get through that?” The answer: God’s grace and mercies. However, He doesn’t give us grace today for yesterday’s trials and He also doesn’t give us grace today for tomorrow’s challenges. All we have and all we need is grace for TODAY; and before our feet hit the floor this morning, He had already provided…like fresh cherries for the day!   Buy...

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“Freedom is Not Free”

“Freedom is Not Free”

“Freedom is Not Free”   Our national anthem proclaims our country as “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. Those words were well penned by Francis Scott Key, but as I’ve heard it said, the USA is the land of the free because of the brave. In their valiant pursuit, way too many paid for our freedom with their lives, health, limbs and even their own freedom. While the United States is far from perfect, may we never lose sight of our patriotism and always remember the men and women who paid so very much for our country’s freedom.   Buy...

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“A Pop of Color”

“A Pop of Color”

“A Pop of Color”   The Poppy is one of my favorite flowers for its bold pop of color and delicate pleated petals. I sure follow in my Maker’s footsteps, loving detail as much as He does. Sometimes we can wonder if God is aware of all that is playing out in and around us, but if He is intricately pleating the petals of Poppies then we can be sure He is intricately working on the details of our lives too.   “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Luke 12:27   “A Pop of Color” is a reminder that long before we can see the beauty, God is working on the details that will unfold in our lives!   Buy...

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