This week I have gone back to doing a little beading. I don’t typically use a pattern so what you get is what you get.
Beading is very teadious but the results can be rewarding. It takes me a day and sometimes longer to complete one pair. The beads have to be woven in a pattern tightly which makes it more time consuming.
In all things there are lessons….in beading it is patience.
Have a blessed Easter. Christ sacrificed his life for us…sacrifice some time for Him.
I have always been drawn to mountains. This comes from partially because even the Bible speaks a lot about mountains. As early at Genesis mountains are mentioned in Genesis 8 :4 “On the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat”. In Isaiah 2:2 “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills, and all shall flow to it”. For more biblical references here is a good site to go to: https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-mountains.
There is a spiritual connection with the huge peaks. Certainly when I stand on a mountain I feel closer to God. It is not just the height but more a presence. I have painted a lot of mountains. Here is this week’s mountain ridge.
The mountains tremble and quake before Him and the hills melt away and the earth is upheaved at His presence–yes, the world and all that dwell in it Nahum 1:5.
As children of God we can be mountains, firm and strong. We can stand and endure all things because our feet are firmly planted in the word. There is no need to worry about falling because our roots are embedded in the rock of salvation, Jesus Christ. In a time when “all things” are in question, God is the only thing that is certain.
Be a voice that can be heard in the wilderness. Be a cry that echos from the mountain top. Stand tall and unafraid because there is nothing here on earth that is too big for God. The Bible tells us multiple times to not have fear. If you live with fear you have already given up. Be like the pine tree that grows tall and wide. Let your words lead others to righteousness.
I am very hyper so it is often hard for me to focus on one thing. I tend to bounce from one painting to another. Being somewhat of a perfectionist I tend to keep going back over a painting. Formerly I thought it was just a flaw in my character until I started studying the works of Akiane Kramarik. If you are not familiar with her look her up on YouTube. She is an artistic prodigy and best known for the painting “Prince of Peace” shown in the movie “Heaven Is For Real”. She paints over or makes changes to her paintings numerus times before completing a painting.
I on the other hand, just cannot be satisfied. The painting you will see below I have touched up or reworked several times and am still not completely satisfied with the face.
Native By Birth – American By Choice
I guess my biggest problem is I want my paintings to say something and not just be paint on canvas. A painting should convey a message or feeling. I love going to galleries and seeing paintings that just pull you in and then there are those that you wonder why they are even there. You know the ones…not just abstract but the ones that are so simplistic they lack any depth at all.
When you look at a portrait you should be able to have a sense of who that person was….needless to say I have not arrived yet but it does not deter me from trying to get to that point.
Well on to the next canvas. Until I lay the first stroke down I never know where the brush will take me.
While I have read the Bible, I never tire of studying it. While we are currently living in “hell on earth” I decided to go back to Genesis.
Most people have a seven day week that is determined mostly by a job and family. While we may have busy days….God was busier in his “seven days”.
We know the number seven is significant so let’s start with the first reference of the number – creation. On day one these are the tasks God created… 1. Creation of the heavens and earth. 2. Creation of light…earth was nothing but water at this point. 3. Separation from light and dark (day and night). My goodness God was a busy guy even on day one. Put yourself in God’s shoes for a moment….you are starting your Monday and you decide to create a world called earth and heavens above it. While with good imagination you might come up with some concept but would never have the tools to execute such a task. Then to take it a step further God created day and night. In his infinite wisdom he knew every life form would need a period of rest and growth…even the earth.
On day two or our Tuesday how would you be at creating and completing the heavens? Just speaking for myself I could not create except maybe in a painting.
Now we are at “hump day”, Wednesday, God’s third day. He is having another busy day with the creation of land mass and vegetation. At this point he is seeing a portion of his dream realized.
On day four, our Thursday, God determines more light is needed and he creates the sun and moon and then the stars. Think of it now he casts the sun and moon into place and says that was not enough and created the millions of stars to light up the heavens. What do you typically do on a Thursday…bet it is not hand placing stars!
Now we are at day five. For most of us it is seen as “fish day” or the last work day of the week. For God, he still could not see the end of his week in sight. He was busy creating every living creature particularly those of the sea. All those whales, millions of fish and other creatures of the deep God created in one day.
While we may typically wake up late on our sixth day, Saturday, God was up early creating the livestock and the beasts and still had a few minutes to create man in his own image. Wow, I consider myself to be a fairly smart and creative person but I am but a grain of sand under God’s feet.
On day seven our Sunday, God knowing he still had a lot left to do looked at what he had done and was pleased. Then and only then did he choose to rest.
For me at least I am glad God spent these six days creating. He certainly earned his day of rest on Sunday.
I typically don’t do portraits but I was inspired by faith to create a painting of Christ.
While it pales in comparison to some paintings, this is my interpretation. Of course skin color is my biggest hurdle. Whites like to think he is white while blacks like to think he was black. I based the skin color based on what I know of his lineage.
He is not as perfect as he should be but then I am far short of being perfect.
As a painter you should challenge yourself daily. Keep Christ in your life and maybe add a little spirit to your paintings.
I am a firm believer that God created all things with a purpose in mind and that certainly applies to dogs.
In the photo above my dog Rocoe is laying beside me and has cuddled himself with his duck in a bundle of blankets and a quilt. I don’t recall a day when I have thought of him as “just a dog”. He has always had a personality much bigger than his small body.
Dogs can be very sensitive to disease so after my husband was diagnosed a few years ago with mini strokes we set out to find a dog that was sensitive enough to warn us of such events. When we found Rocoe in a local animal shelter we knew he was special.
There are reasons why native americans reference animals to people. Certainly because of physical difference you would not think there would be a connection….clearly there is. If you look at the native american spirit chart you will find that the dog spirit represents protection and loyalty. Rocoe certainly proves that on a daily basis. While my spirit animal is actually the bear…Rocoe certainly acts like my spirit animal. He saved us from a fire just a few months after we got him and is very protective and loyal to a fault.
The Native americans valued all things and wasted nothing. We could learn a lot from them. Check out the spirit animal chart and see what animal you have a connection to!
I started writing many years ago. During times of stress I wrote more and usually better. When words escaped me I learned not to force them.
In 1994 when my husband and I were on the way to Nashville to do a TV show, I reached into my purse for something and found a piece of paper with a few sentences scribbled on it. I grabbed an ink pen and was motivated to add words on the wrinkled piece of paper. That piece of paper became my first song.
While any dreams of singing fell by the wayside as I pursued other interests, I often think back to that day when I was first inspired to write.
While I never had enough interest to record any of them, I wrote 56 song lyrics after that. They are in a collection at the Library of Congress. While I enjoyed writing the lyrics composing the music was something I simply didn’t have time for.
I am currently writing e-books which is more suitable to me. Currently for sale on the Barnes & Noble website is my first novella. Hope you will check it out here. Novellas are short and easy to read. Maybe one day I will complete that BEST SELLER but for now I am happy just to finish something.
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