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.
I wanted to share a post that moved me even knowing the circumstances behind it. The post is from the blog called “The Picture of Faith” and the blogger I am proud to say is one of my daughters. This particular post speaks a truth in faith not only for this particular situation, but for many others.
Who Are You
You move through each day on auto pilot, because you feel the world and those around you need you to. You’re putting in the time and effort to get through that day, but really what did you do? What did you accomplish? You’re trapped in this vicious cycle of your typical day to day things, but really are you living? You begin questioning what are you doing, who are you, what is your purpose?
As we head into the Christmas week I thought I would feature three art prints that have one of my favorites from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, known as Love Is Patient. It fits so well on these three art prints.
The first one supports this time of year. The art print is a photographic capture of a Christmas snow in the Seattle area.
The second one is a watercolor art print depicting a mountain lake near Whistler, British Columbia.
The third art print is an abstract watercolor depicting a sunset over the Pacific Ocean as a marine layer comes ashore.
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.
I’ve attached three art prints I created using a watercolor technique of hiking trails. The first one was created in 2011 and I just refreshed it as I created the other two this past week.
I love the peace and serenity of hiking specifically in the Pacific Northwest. The dense forest and pine trees create a sense of being one with nature. Because the forest is so dense, I don’t venture off the path as I know in these woods, we are not alone and crossing paths with a bear or whatever doesn’t appeal to me.
On each of these prints, I did an overlay using a thought of mine as it relates to each of our journeys through life. We are each on our own path so to speak and it is our choice as to whether or not we stay on that path or choose to venture off knowingly or unknowingly.
I liken it to being a parent and trying to keep your kids on a path as we raise them. At some point their free will may take them off the chosen path, but we are always there to guide them back if they seek it. As each of us travels our own individual paths, He is always there to guide us back when we venture off the chosen path.
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.