Friday, February 12, 2016

40 Days: Day 3: Let There Be Light

5"x7" Acrylic on Canvas

Last fall, I visited our local Synagogue. During one of the prayers, there was a line about God creating light. There was a footnote on the page that explained that the line is more accurately translated as a "mixing" of light—as a painter would mix color. As an artist, I just loved that image of God mixing the cosmos like colors on a palette. It is also a beautiful way of thinking about the Incarnation—the Light of the World mixing into the lives of humanity. And what does that mean for us when Christ tells us that WE are light to the world?

For this meditation, I played with simple black and white acrylic—starting with the black and mixing in the light with a brush. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

40 Days: Day 2: Luke 18:9-14

6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife

Luke 18:9-14New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

40 Days: Day 1: Ash

6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife

Today begins the 2016 season of Lent. Ash Wednesday. The season starts with a service where a cross of ashes is drawn onto worshipers foreheads. The words, "From dust you came and to dust you shall return" is proclaimed. We are reminded that we are imperfect, temporary, fragile creatures. It is a very humbling experience. 

But here's another truth. God chose to lovingly take the most meaningless of stuff to create a masterpiece—us.  And flawed and frail as we are—destined to be dust—we are God's beloved. The cross that is placed on our heads also remind us of God's saving love that endures beyond death itself.

In life and in death, we belong to God.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

40 Days

Tomorrow begins the season of Lent for 2016. Many people traditionally give up something for the next 40 days. My goal this year is to create something every day.

Beginning tomorrow, I'm attempting to produce 40 inspired works in 40 days. It's like the 30 paintings in 30 days challenges that I have done. But this time, I'm throwing the creative door wide open to include painting, illustration, photography, design and who knows what else. 

Stay tuned to see what happens.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cold Creek

Oil on Panel

We had a decent snow the other day for Tennessee. 
Today, I ventured out to the creek for a plain-air adventure. 
It was a blast.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cozumel & Clouds

Oil on Canvas

As the temperatures continue to drop, 
I'm keeping a caribbean state of mind 
with this memory for Cozumel.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Oil on Canvas

Keeping the spring palette for a second day. 
This time, a delicate Tennessee Iris.