As we move towards Easter Sunday, I thought the attached print was appropriate for this week. Blessings!
May your week be filled with Peace and Joy!!
Next week I will be sharing a series of captures I took at a Tulip Farm we visited last week. The farm hosts an annual Tulip Festival and we didn’t want to wait for that as the day we went was perfect weather…sunny and high 60’s. The days prior and since….cool, cloudy and rainy. Have a great week!
This week I’m featuring three art prints I created around a specific bible verse. The verse addresses one of the things I struggle with on a daily basis. There are people in each of our lives that we really don’t enjoy being around, but because of family marriages, these people have become part of our lives. I look at it as a growth opportunity when I finally realized that “yes” I do judge people on the things they say or do. If I take a step back, who am I to be the judge and rule on everything. I’m not talking about differences in opinions, I feel blessed to have been raised to listen to different viewpoints and take them into consideration when I formulate my own opinions. I’m talking about people who lie to your loved ones, talk against them behind their backs and act like they don’t to that persons face. It took me awhile, but these types of situations are out of my control and often the impacted person does know how that person behaves and has to “rise above it” because of others that they love and respect. With that said, I have this bible verse on a few of my art prints which I am sharing today. The first two are quotes using the New International Version of the bible and the third one is from The Message.
I created the original art print using a subtle watercolor painting technique of a rose bud just opening up. This technique uses subtle brush strokes and soft colors creating a casual look. I thought this verse (Luke 6:37) was a perfect fit as an overlay.
In this second print, I used a slightly abstract watercolor technique. This technique creates defined lines that compliment a traditional watercolor look. Again, I thought this verse was a perfect fit.
This third print has an interpretation of the same bible verse from The Message on an art print I created using a gothic oil technique of a girl in a crowd.
Lighthouses are a great symbol of guidance to safety. I’ve attached two art prints I have created of lighthouses using entirely different approaches. On both, I added the same verse which I thought fit perfectly with a lighthouse. The verse refers to the “Light of Life”, which I think of as Love, Hope, Peace and Joy. We all seek that and find comfort in these feelings. With the Christmas Season upon us, especially this year, we definitely could use as much Love as we can muster for each other and the Hope that we will conquer this pandemic sooner rather than later. Peace and Joy we all seek in our everyday lives on a daily basis. All of this is within our ability as individuals and is one of the few things we can actually control on a daily basis.
This first print, I created the lighthouse in a very abstract matter.
The second print, I created using ink drawing to outline the lighthouse structure and then filled in the color with a watercolor/airbrush technique.
May your holiday season be filled with Love, Hope, Peace and Joy!
A simple message with a very powerful outcome. I think what we have lost sight of in today’s world is that not two of us have the same opinion on everything. To me, that’s what makes humankind so unique and powerful. We are not all of the same race, gender, nationality, religion, political party, family upbringing, experiences growing up, etc…..I could go on and on. We try to categorize people by these labels and to me that misses the mark. Pick any label and some of us fit into it, but do those same people fit into other categories together…not necessarily. How do we as individuals grow if we aren’t willing to listen and learn from each other?
So to me, this passage from the bible as the last commandment from Jesus to His disciples wasn’t about just the disciples loving each other, but the family of man. It doesn’t mean we have to like each other or even agree with each other on every issue, but at our core is the desire to love and be loved.
On a personal note, my father passed away peacefully last week after a long battle with dementia. He was just a few months shy of turning 94. He was a strong man of faith and on the onset of the disease, he knew the path he was headed down, but he never let it get him down. He was never angry or frustrated as his situation progressed. I wanted to post one of my inspirational prints as a dedication to him and his life and the way he lived and raised myself and my other three siblings. This bible verse and this print shouted out to me as it epitomizes the way he lived his life. Thank you dad for all the wonderful memories and for setting an example I try to live up to daily with my wife and children and now grandchildren.
I wanted to feature this print for a couple of reasons…the first is that winter definitely has a grip on large portions of the US and Canada as we head into the last week of January and the second is the verse itself.
I like this verse as it reminds me in layman’s terms to follow my gut….listen to that voice within to guide you. I can reflect back over my life and so many times I have followed that inner voice when I have needed guidance facing major choices, even when that voice was directing me to something that didn’t make sense or wasn’t the logical choice. I found that things opened up as situations I knew nothing of led to doors opening I never knew existed and if I had gone the other way (logical in my opinion), events changed to where that direction would have been a dead-end. Even when personal tragedies occurred throughout my life, that inner voice would get me to just put one foot in front of the other and keep going. We all face these issues and obstacles as we journey forward on this walk called life.
I like this reminder of faith, faith in purpose and faith in the direction that has been given to me. None of us really know what is right around the bend and we spend way too much time and energy worrying about it. The faith part keeps you focused on the present and gives you reassurance you are being kept on the right path.
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