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Light of Love

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.

Let His Light Shine Through You

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Thanksgiving 2019 – Thankfulness

As the United States celebrates Thanksgiving next Thursday, I take the time to reflect with  gratitude on my heart for all the blessings I have in my life.

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Take a Deep Breath and Focus on What is Truly Important

This simple message has been true throughout human history. It seems so relevant today with all of the negativity and anger we are exposed to daily, but the reality is….that environment has been with mankind always. None of us are perfect and we all have our agendas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a step back and hear a message we were given long ago.

Love is very powerful, even amongst the chaos of negativity. I chose these two pictures to use with an overlay of this message as a perfect fit. I took both shots as summer afternoon monsoon thunderstorms were dying down here in the Arizona desert and the sun was setting. Both shots depict a small clearing in the sky with brilliant color reflecting off of the powerful and chaotic thunderstorms. Simple, yet powerful message amidst the chaos…..

 

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Think Positive 2018

In wanting to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a welcome to 2018, I have attached the following art print. I thought the message was appropriate as we start a new year!

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Simple Beauty – Featured Art Print

All of us on this journey we call life, experience pain, suffering and disappointment…it is an aspect of the human condition. We also experience, joy, love and peace….it is also part of the human condition. Anyone that follows my work and blog know that I try and stay focused on the positive aspects of life. It is a single go around, so why waste time dwelling on the negative. To me, this art print serves as a reminder for all of us to stop and smell the roses.  Thoughts?

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I Will Give You Rest – Featured Art Print

This week, I wanted to feature a new print in my Inspiration Gallery titled: I Will Give You Rest. This art print is a color photograph of a yellow rose blossom I took last fall from my daughter’s garden in Los Angeles. Timing is everything. It was the last full bloom of roses for the season and I happened to be there at the right time. As an overlay onto the color photograph, I placed a quote from Matthew 11:28 which reads: “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”

What a great reminder of the peace that is available to us through faith. I don’t know about you, but I find myself getting stressed and overloaded with all of the things we encounter in our everyday lives. We all have something…whether it be a health issue with yourself or a loved one…problems at work or with a marriage or just everyday living and trying to make ends meet. The world is broken and filled with problems, but we have refuge and whenever you feel the need to rest, remember this quote from the bible.

 

I also wanted to share the process I go through when I create a new art print for my Inspiration Gallery. No two prints ever get created in quite the same manner and here’s what I mean. Often I will come across a bible verse or a personal prayer of mine that I think would make a great inspirational quote and then I search through my collection for the appropriate print. Somehow, when I find the correct match, I just know it. I also do it in the reverse way as I did with this print. I go through my collection looking for something that speaks to me as a potential and keep that in mind. In this case, I was going through some of my color photographic prints and stopped at this one. What hit me was the way I cropped the original picture with the space at the top and I remember thinking…”That is a perfect space for a quote in my Inspiration Gallery”. Shortly thereafter, I came across this verse and knew I had a match. What could be more symbolic of rest than relaxing in a rose garden? The other methodology I use may sound a little strange, but sometimes both verse and art print pop into my head simultaneously and I know I have to go with it. Ultimately, what I am trying to create, is an artistic reminder for those times (all too often, unfortunately) when we are overwhelmed and need that quick visual that we aren’t alone on this journey. Thoughts?

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Joy and Peace – Featured Art Print

As I have mentioned and discussed on this blog, I do custom work for clients either tweaking one of my existing prints (Bougainvillea post as an example) or create a new print for a specific request. A client contacted me a couple of weeks ago about one of my prints in the Inspiration Gallery titled: Joy and Peace. I created this print by using an art print from my Floral Still/Life Gallery of orange poppies (featured in a prior blog) with a prayer of mine as an overlay. Attached is a copy of the print I am talking about.

 

What the client wanted was the same thing only with red poppies. They also asked to have the verbiage changed from joy and peace to peace and joy. No problem, I responded. I have attached the result of that request below.

In changing the poppies to red, the current color glow around the flowers just didn’t work. I chose purple for a couple of reasons; one being that it looked good with the red and the client loved it and the other is that it does carry some symbolism within the church.

Whenever I finish a custom print, I always study it next to the original to see if what I had done improved the original enough to replace it. In looking at both of these prints, I frankly was at a loss. I liked the red a lot, but also liked the orange, so I present them both to you. Thoughts?

 

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Spiritual and Inspirational Quotes – Featured Art Prints

In my Note Card Gallery, I have added more of the popular spiritual, motivational and inspirational quotes on my art to a series of “All Occasion Cards”. Christian based, the quote overlay is either a biblical quote or my own prayer and thoughts. I am featuring four of my favorites, the first one being Psalm 62: 5-6 as an overlay on a black and white photograph I took along the Oregon coast.

The next one is a personal prayer of mine as an overlay on a watercolor I did of a harbor in New England in the early morning hours.

My third feature is a prayer of thanksgiving for being with me as I walk my own path of life on a watercolor I did of an Iowa farm road in the winter time…

and my last feature is 1 Corinthians 14:33 as an overlay on a shot I took of Hidden Lake near Whistler, British Columbia.

Again the cards are blank on the inside to personalize them with your own words and are printed on recycled white matte card stock.

 

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“Determination” Featured Art Print

As a follow-up to “Perseverance” and from that same gallery, I have attached another motivational  print titled “Determination”.  Same concept different location. This cliff is located along a trail in the Cascade Mountain Range called “Little Si“. It’s an elevation gain of 1200 ft from the valley floor near North Bend, Washington. My youngest daughter put me onto this trail and asked me to hike it with her. Stunning views…great trail and the elevation gain properly tasked us for the 10 mile hike. Never going anywhere without my camera, I took a series of shots on  that hike. This photograph was one of them. While I was watching this guy struggle on his climb, the word determination came to mind. After seeing some of the final shots, I picked this one to use in my Inspiration Gallery.

 

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“Perseverance” Featured Art Print

I am featuring an art print from my Inspiration Gallery called “Perseverance” . This is a motivational poster using some of the photography  I took last year on a photo shoot in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside of Las Vegas. The picture shows some guys rock climbing in the canyon. What makes it interesting is that you don’t actually see the climbers initially. While I was taking the shot, I didn’t even catch them in my lens. It wasn’t until later when I was reviewing the shoot that I saw them. Once you see the climbers, the capture becomes even more impressive as your perspective of the size of the rock changes dramatically. Perseverance is the term that came to mind, so I created a motivational poster.

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