I am with you,” declares the LORD.
~ Haggai 1:13 Continue reading
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know I’m a Northern girl. So when it comes to birds, I do see a good variety of breeds, but nothing too exotic.
The last Gallery Feature in my Feathered Fauna bird series was the Baltimore Oriole. They’re a beautiful, flashy bird, but alas, there are none in Northern Ontario.
So for my next painting, I decided to look a bit closer to home.
Enter the pint-size, pretentious pontiff of the Northern forest: The red-breasted nuthatch.
Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.
~ Isaiah 55:6-7
I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
~ Isaiah 43:25 Continue reading
One night, a girl had a dream. She dreamed of a Twitter account that was nothing but art. Every painting and sculpture correctly attributed (and if possible, dated), with the most high-quality image available. The girl searched and searched the entire Twitterverse for such an account, but much to her disappointment, none could be found.
So finally the girl decided, “If I can’t find what I’m looking for… I’ll make it myself.”
And so, on January 22, 2017, my second Twitter page, @ArtistsOfBeauty, was created.
Dominus Venustas is Latin for “masters of beauty” — the @username I wanted for this new account. Both @DominusVenustas AND @MastersOfBeauty was already taken. *sighs* Of course.
But, c’est la vie! I could still use Dominus Venustas for the account title, and I decided on @ArtistsOfBeauty for the username. Not exactly what I wanted, but it does the job. Continue reading
I’ve been a commission artist now for 12 years. Right out of high school, I jumped head-long into the art world, and haven’t looked back since.
When you make a career out of creating art that people ask for (as opposed to an artist who paints pieces and then offers them for sale — “if you see something you like, please buy it”), you try to be proficient in everything. You also have to learn how to anticipate, observe, and gather information.
Made-to-order paintings are both exciting and nerve-wracking. As the artist, I enjoy the surprise of each new commission (what will I be asked to paint this time?), but I also worry that the client won’t share in my vision for the finished piece. Even when clients say they don’t know what they want, that’s usually not the case. You may not even be aware that you already have an image in your head, but trust me, it’s there, and part of my job is to coax it out of you. Continue reading
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
~ Psalm 46:1-3
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
~ Isaiah 41:10 Continue reading
Am I enough? This is a question that I think everyone has asked at some point in his or her life.
Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Am I doing enough?
As a Christian, I find myself struggling with these thoughts even more. When I stand before God, will He say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” or “Get away from me, you evildoer, I never knew you”?
Emily is a fellow WordPress blogger who runs “Fearfully Wonderfully Me“. Her posts are genuine and inspirational, and I admire her so much for the manner in which she approaches the topic of Jesus and our relationships with Him. Recently she published “God’s Stitches“, and her post inspired me to write a rather lengthy comment, which in turn prompted this post today. Continue reading
Of all the art forms that face undeserved neglect, perhaps none is as underappreciated as the humble animation background.
Which actually seems pretty ludicrous. Whether it’s a classic Saturday morning cartoon or a mega-hit Disney movie, the backgrounds are what showcase the characters we tune in to see. These painstakingly hand-painted delights create mood and set the atmosphere of the scene. What would Scooby Doo be without the gloriously gruesome castle on the hill — its trees dark, ominous and foreboding? I’m sure you’d agree, Scooby and the gang running across a plain white page just wouldn’t cut it.
Things are quite different today (unfortunately so) thanks to modern technology, computers and CGI. There are few, if any, hand-animated films anymore, with even Disney joining the Dark Side and going digital. But that’s all the more reason for us to look back in awe and appreciation of the lost art of animation backgrounds. Continue reading
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
~ Matthew 5:43-48 Continue reading