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!
For those of you that follow my blog, you know that I have not posted in a few weeks due to our move to the Seattle area. We are now pretty well settled after waiting for over a week for our furniture and belongings to arrive. We hadn’t anticipated it taking that long for the moving van to show up, but you just have to role with the punches. It gave us time to paint a new color scheme throughout the house and shop for some much needed new appliances.
The attached two prints came to mind as our journey in life brought us up to the Pacific Northwest.
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.
Using an abstract watercolor I created of a saguaro cactus in the Arizona Desert as a background, I felt like this motivational thought was the perfect fit. I believe He has chosen a path for each of us to walk. Often times in life, we find ourselves off that path and somewhat lost in where to go or what direction to take. Our guide is always there just waiting for us to take His hand and He will guide us not only back to the path, but keep us on the path.
I usually think of a forest path to best typify this thought process, but living a few years in the desert and being a fan of hiking….just as true there as anywhere else…it’s important to stay on the path….snakes, scorpions, etc.
Love conquers all is a saying I am guilty of using quite a bit. It says so much and has come out of my mouth in many tough interpersonal situations. If you would ask my girls what is Dad infamous for always saying, they would come back with “Take the high road…..love conquers all.” I firmly believe if you have love at the core of what you are doing or saying, it does ultimately conquer all obstacles. It came full circle to me with one of my daughters recently when we were having a discussion about a situation I was dealing with and out of her mouth came: “Take the high road, love conquers all! You used that expression over and over again with us girls in these types of situations and that would be my recommendation to you in this case”.
I took her advice in that particular situation and it got me to thinking about creating some art prints capturing the essence of that expression. I ended up using three of my art prints with that saying as an overlay.
The first one is a color photograph of a peaceful and serene pond in Butchart Gardens located just outside of Victoria, British Columbia.
In the second one I used a soft watercolor of Hidden Lake located just outside of Whistler, British Columbia, again going for the peaceful and serene look.
With the third one I wanted to use something that included people, especially multiple people or a crowd of people. Keeping with a “soft look”, I chose a watercolor I created of a crowd of people inspired by a scene I saw in Seattle, Washington ahead of a major sports event.
I just wanted to post a reminder that now more than ever we need to approach the issues of the day with as much love in our hearts as we can muster. People are hurting and it’s up to all of us to reach out with all of the love and compassion we can muster. It may not always be received well, but we can’t quit trying.
From downtown Denver, we are popping over to the west coast for a sunset I took in Carlsbad, California located in the northern part of San Diego County. I added the quote from the bible as it seems an important reminder for all of us. I try really hard (and trust me it is hard), to take each day as it comes on its own merit. It doesn’t do any of us any good to worry about tomorrow as all that does is pull your attention away from the current moment. And the current moment is the only reality we truly live in.
I have attached two captures I took that seem pertinent to what we are all collectively facing right now. They both have a common visual aspect that caught my eye and truly says it all.
The location is Red Rock National Conservation Area just west of Las Vegas. The two prints captured rock climbers at different stages. If you look at the pictures, you’re probably saying “What rock climbers, Kirt?” or maybe something less polite. That’s the beauty of these captures I didn’t even see until later. The rocks are stunning unto themselves and you truly get the size of these cliffs when you see the rock climbers. In this first one look closely in the middle of the frame just right of center. You will see three climbers by looking at the one in a bright red jacket. Now the size of the task rears its ugly head.
This shows three climbers starting a climb where the title now seems appropriate. When the pandemic first reared its ugly head and we were all sequestered in our homes to fight this battle: “Who Said It Would Be Easy?”
The second one shows three rock climbers further along on the climb and epitomize where we all are now and what it has taken to get to this point: “Perseverance”.