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
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
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
From the time I was old enough to understand what a paint brush was for, I loved the work of Glen Loates. This famous Canadian wildlife painter has a talent for creating animals that are so lifelike you can almost touch them, and yet, his work still manages to retain that “painted” feel.
My favourite pieces were always the ones devoid of backgrounds. There’s something so striking about a beautifully rendered bird, moose or beaver depicted with just enough flora to ground the painting — without burying it in a shallow, two-dimensional grave.
As a kid pouring over my Glen Loates books, I thought, “I wish I could paint like that.” Continue reading
Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
~ Isaiah 7:14
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
~ Matthew 1:23 Continue reading