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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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The Mountain

Are you very good at setting goals or objectives for yourself? I think if you talked to most people, you would get a mixed response. Some people would think about their New Years resolutions as their goals or objectives. Sales people would talk about their monthly, quarterly or annual production goals. A business owner would talk about his business plan and level of growth he has projected for the business. Then there is the person who has carreer aspirations and sets a goal or objective of what and when they want to attain the next level of responsibility. In one way or another almost all of us set goals and objectives for ourselves. How seriously do you take your own goals and objectives? Are you paying lip service to someone or just going through the motions? How committed to them are you? What chance do you honestly give yourself in accomplishing them?

I am use to working with goals and objectives in business as that has been my entire life. So goal setting for me on many levels seems just a natural course of life. But let me ask you, If you knew that no matter what goal you set for yourself, you could attain it, would your goals change? Think about that….if you really, really believed that you could attain whatever goal or objective you set and you did…would you re-think your goals?

Ok, I’m going more spiritual here than physical, so I’m not going down the road of material wealth….I’m going down the road of our spiritual gifts and using them. I think we short change ourselves out of fear of failure. I believe God has given each of us a set of gifts unique to each of us. I would challenge each of us to devlope those gifts and put them into service. That concept leads me back to Mark 11 vs. 22 – 24 (New Century Version) “Jesus answered, “Have Faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, fall into the Sea.’ And if you have no doubts in your mind and believe that what you say will happen, God will do it for you. So I tell you to believe that you have received the things you ask for in prayer, and God will give them to you.” and Matthew17 vs 20 –  “Jesus answered, “Because your faith is too small. I tell you the truth, if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. All things will be possible for you.”

This is really a very powerful statement. Just think what we are being told. If we have faith all things are possible. Faith being the key! I’ll stop on that note because it really is worth some time to reflect, the message is that powerful. I would add as a personal side note…all my prayers are done specifically asking for “His” will to be done. Food for thought!!

"The Mountain" A watercolor fromKirt's main gallery "TheWallGallery.com"

Titled “The Mountain” by Kirt Tisdale from his “Wall Gallery

 

Blessings

I was enjoying my morning cup of coffee on the patio the other day. It was the start of a beautiful day, the morning sun felt warm, the birds were chirping… a truly ideal setting. I love this time in the morning to pray and mediate and soak it all in. I ask for guidance through the day and for his will to be done through me as well as within me. That morning I was praying about blessings and thanking him for all the blessings in my life…great wife, three lovely daughters, great friends and the list goes on. I am truly a blessed man. As I have been struggling with a major change in our lives, I have been particularly tuned into daily blessings. Note my comment above; “and the list goes”….when you truly think about the actual blessings we each receive daily and in our lives, they are numerous. It seems to me that those times in our lives when we are in a life changing situation, we grow spiritually from it if we allow ourselves to seek guidance and keep the faith. On this articular morning, I was praying to have God help me recognize a blessing from that day….I wanted awareness so I would not overlook it. As the prayer processed in my head, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the spirit touching me and saying….this is the blessing you wanted to recognize today…it is your life today…it is your life in this moment…rejoice and celebrate. I knew the voice wasn’t just talking about the garden, birds and morning sun, but all of it and my life in each moment. We spend so much of our time dwelling on the past and stewing about the future. Intellectually I try and stay in the moment, but as a human…not always doing a great job. As I relate this simple story, I get moved all over again…enjoy the “now” whatever it is in your life…yesterday is gone and tomorrow will take care  of itself.

Landscape Gardens Gallery on Kirt's main web page.

This watercolor is titled “Sunsday Afternon”  and is located in the Landscape Gardens Gallery on Kirt’s main web page.

Let Your Light Shine

We’ve been tasked with “Letting our Light Shine” in all that we do and are. To not hide that light, but to let it shine for all. In times of crisis we see that as strangers help strangers, from natural catastrophes to man made tragedies like Boston this week. We see it so often on the news when tragedy strikes, neighbors pitch in to help neighbor, strangers give what they have to those in need. People rush in to help. In our everyday lives, we see it with family and friends. The stranger you gave directions to, the smile and “good morning” an acquaintance gives you. Your children ask for guidance or an elderly neighbor needs help. There are many things where our light shines tall and proud. I’m personally challenged to make sure the light bulb is lit at all times.  Did I let a bad day keep me from seeing the need of another individual, am I so wrapped up in myself? Shame on me…I know better and I believe faithfully that his love for me should shine through always. Ultimately we are human and not perfect, but it’s refreshing to see when push comes to shove that light shines like the sun.

As an artist, I look for beauty to create my pictures. As a visual thinker, I see so many things in simple scenes. The lighthouse to me represents a number of things, a guardian, a protector and a lonely existence to protect the innocent. I also see the symbolism of Matthew 14-16, “You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lamp-stand so the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in Heaven. ” (Bible: New Century Version)

Let Your Light Shine. A watercolor by Kirt Tisdale found in the Lighthouse Section of his Art Gallery.

Let Your Light Shine. A watercolor by Kirt Tisdale found in the Lighthouse Section of his Art Gallery.

If you are reading this, then it’s safe to say you are on a journey. If we are living and breathing, we are all on journeys. We are all walking our own path of life. We are often joined by family and friends as our paths intertwine, but ultimately we are on our own individual path. Are we alone on that path? No, we are never alone. He is with us always, hand in hand when we reach out or patiently waiting when we don’t acknowledge him. I liken it to a path we all take as we go through life. Like this picture there are times the path seems clear, beautiful and inviting. Other times, not as clear, not as beautiful. We really do not know where our journey will takes us as we live our lives, but again we are not alone.  He walks with us on our individual journey never venturing off.  It is we who venture and get off the path He has given us. Like a little kid looking into a candy store as we walk by. Oh…I want to go in…look at all of that candy as we run in the door. He waits patiently for us to rejoin him.

When the path looks like this picture, we feel in control and know where we are headed. When you walk through the arbor, do you see what’s ahead or what is next? Suddenly, we don’t feel so in control and begin to wonder and doubt. When the path takes you through unfamiliar territory, remember you have a walking buddy…you are not alone!

The Garden Walk

The Garden Walk is a watercolor I did and can be found in my Landscape Gallery on my Main Art Gallery.