Friday, June 9, 2017

Place of Refinement

"Place of Refinement"
© 6-9-17 by Sharon J. Palmer
This is how I see God's process of refinement in my life.

The color orange symbolizes His refining fire, so the lightest parts of the painting are also the most glowing orange. It's gentle, albeit concentrated; that's how the Lord works with me (and probably many others) because He's such a thorough, tender God.

Sparse trees and grass... when we're going through refinement, there's nothing God wants us to reach for in abundance other than Him. The Godhead are the strongest part of this work, standing in the forefront and the most clearly seen.

Technically speaking, this is the first time I've used acrylic glaze, and I enjoyed it very much. I love the "misty" effect it gives the forest. I like not having to actually change tree values but simply vary amounts of glaze mixture used to fade out the background by degrees. Creating the effect is relatively easy once you get the feel of even distribution and flow of glaze; too much color, add water - too much water, add more of the colored glaze; swipe the brush in quick strokes to even things out. Got it; very successful. God willing, I've not seen my last use of acrylic glaze.

What I like, too, (almost best) about this painting is the level of peace I feel when I look at it. It's the kind of peace derived from quiet - when the noise of worldly voices inside and outside have been silenced by the Lord. That peace lends itself to concentration, and I enjoy that immensely... I revel in it. To me, Godly silence is essential when you're trying to focus on refinement (an ongoing process), letting Holy Spirit do His work in you and letting Abba get across what He needs.

It's been a long pause, but painting is back and, hopefully, with a new agenda of renewed vigor ever governed by the Lord. Amen.

Sharon

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Night Walk: An acrylic abstract

I saw a nice tutorial a few days ago using a similar composition and decided to produce my own vision of it. I've called this effort Night Walk for obvious reasons but also because, to me, the girl depicted has chosen to walk at this time and condition to sort things out in her emotions.
 
Her mood and the night kind of embrace each other in this painting, as neither the color of her clothes nor the dank city street disturb one another. The mood is meant to be contemplative and solitary, not depressing.
 
I spent some of the best years of my life living with only the Lord and His angels... I came to dearly love and appreciate time to think and pray and drive at night. This colorfully-clad subject is doing the same, only on foot.
 
Perhaps you'll consider walking in the rain at night to clear your thoughts and share things with the Lord, or maybe you'll just think about your next quiet time with Him while enjoying this painting.
 
God bless.
 
Sharon
 
"Night Walk"
Copyright 3-29-17, SJ Palmer

Monday, March 6, 2017

After the Rain

This was done entirely in acrylics - I haven't been there in a while.
 
Lots of fun with my own take on a YouTube tutorial and, for a first attempt, I say it's not bad. I like it. Suggestions with light and shade atop a nice rainy-day background created satisfying effects.
 
Just as every dark rainstorm also waters and nourishes the earth, so God leaves droplets of His Goodness and illuminated Wisdom within our easy reach after trials (right on the windows of our souls) if we are willing to seize the precious liquid of HIS perspective and apply it to our hearts.
 
Lord willing, we'll stay in acrylics for a while.
 
God bless you.
 
Sharon


"After the Rain"
Copyright 3-6-17, SJ Palmer

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Revelatory Path

"A Quiet Walk"
Copyright 2-24-17, SJ Palmer
This is a revelatory path, and an exercise for me in painting light. Black canvas will always give me the "mood" I need. Lord willing, as always, I intend to keep practicing. I like this painting.

Among other things I'm sure, Navy Blue is God's color for revelation; that's what my walk has been throughout life, but especially in the past four or five years, so I made Prussian blue (a more serious-minded blue) the star here, only mixing other colors to change its value. Titanium white, Midnight black, and Vandyke brown are the only other colors used.

The Lord gave the painting's title to my husband... they've nailed it again, IMO.

Things grow quieter and more noisy simultaneously; less busy but more (spiritually) kinetic, and certainly more challenging. Parts of my psyche and emotions I didn't even know existed have been tapped and utilized over the last few years; I'm affirmed, appreciated, and challenged more than ever by guess who? ME! I believe it's chiefly because I'm finally believing everything good Abba says about me. That's so important.

When God gently cups my chin in His Holy Hand and raises my vision to His, I see that HE is my being's total affirmation and praise (don't think God also gives His kids praise? Check out Romans 2:29 and be blessed!), excluding all others.  Only soaking in the Truth of God's unfailing love and plans for me satisfies my soul; that's how it's meant to be for all of us. The everlasting beauty of that revelation has highlighted my walk over the past few years, and it fills my body, soul, and spirit with His Light and Hope in what's to come. With God, there's always something brighter, lighter, higher, deeper, and more challenging in His plan that brings us ever closer to His amazing power, endless love, and continuing mercy. Moving and growing "from glory to glory" is chiefly what brings our souls into the wholeness He's prescribed.

That's what's lovingly around the bend of this illuminated, peaceful, gently elevated path. Following it with my eyes fixed upward to Jesus, trusting and believing in His words of truth and confidence regarding me have made this a steady, focused, ever-precious, and ever-deepening... Quiet Walk.

God bless you.

Sharon

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Perseverance Pays Off

"Serenity"
Copyright 1-24-17, SJ Palmer

My husband Jack named this painting because of the way it makes him feel; I'm inclined to agree.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE taking a photo with a DSLR camera makes! It truly has done justice to the beauty, simplicity, and coloring of this painting. In it, I see hours of practice paying off; I'm very pleased.

The Lord rewards perseverance and diligence; He regards humble hearts who give Him glory for all accomplishments.  That's what I'm doing today with this bright, lovely painting... I'm giving Him glory... I'm thanking God for it.

I find I've come to put combinations of 3's in my paintings, to stand for the Godhead. It's just something I enjoy doing.  There are five prominent trees here, but the evergreens are a group of 3; I know my Heavenly Father, Lord and Love Jesus, and Best Friend Holy Spirit are ever watching over me.

On a painter's note, I'm glad to finally have bushes look like bushes - in coloring, layering, form, and shape! Yay! The camera catches that well.

Bob Ross always said that - as with everything - if there's anything to mastering this technique of painting, it's practice.  Though I don't yet consider myself to have mastered it, believe me, practice is what I have done, and I've greatly enjoyed every moment of it... even the absolute flops!

I'm encouraged and energized, and I pray you are, too, regarding all the tasks and challenges you tackle to bring glory and honor to God's Name.  I haven't let His gracious, powerful impartation to my life lay on the ground, and I've allowed Him to constantly encourage me regarding the humble efforts of nurturing and stick-to-itiveness necessary to bring its tender buds into bloom.

The Lord's hands laid the foundation of my ability to paint, and His hands shall finish it... "for who has despised the day of small things?" (Zech. 4:10a)

Certainly not me. 

Hallelujah!

Sharon

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Night Seasons

"In shady green pastures so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along.

Where the water's cool flow bathes the weary ones feet, God Leads His dear children along.

Some through the water, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood.

Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song... in the night season and all the day long."

(1903, by George A. Young)

I believe this gorgeous old hymn says it all. Black canvas truly brings out the best of God's progressive work in me.

Quiet and subtle, yet also clearly stated - the Godhead are the heart of this valley... the Godhead are the heart of me.

We reside here in Peace, in shady green pastures beside cool, still waters... in the night seasons and all the day long.

Sharon
"Night Seasons"
Copyright 1-13-17, SJ Palmer

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter Slide: A Practice 8 x 10

These little interim practice paintings really help me develop form and shape, and they serve my imagination well.

In this (only my second) Winter painting, I see this ice slick being made by kids who live with the family at the path's end. Buckets and buckets of water they carried and splashed onto this spot in the frosty forest so they could have the chance to run fast and slide on their bellies or makeshift toboggans on their sheening patch for hours.

When you're a kid, you don't care how cold it is or how wet you get, as long as you're having fun. Remember? I do.

I pray this one transports you to a happy time, even if for a moment.

Sharon
"Winter Slide"
Copyright 1-9-17, SJ Palmer

Friday, January 6, 2017

Vertical Valley

"Vertical Valley"
Copyright 12-31-16, SJ Palmer
This is the last painting of 2016, and I wanted to make it a little special so I splashed it onto a vertical 12" x 24" canvas. Very nice, and a lot of fun doing it!

The Lord is the Originator and Indweller of all colors, but I believe pinks are His the most. Pink symbolizes "Holiness", being set apart for God's plans and purposes. Naturally, Red is for the precious "Blood of Jesus", and Purple represents our identity in Christ and the "Royalty" we have in Him as part of His family. Green, of course, is "Life, Health, and Healing" (also peace and teaching). Dark Green is "Preservation", and Light Blue is "Peace". Teal is His "Delight"; Yellow stands for "Jesus", while Orange symbolizes His "Refining Fire". Brown reflects His "Humility", and White is "Purity" and "Truth".


Don't you just love it? GOD IS AMAZING!


Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I did painting it, and HAPPY 2017!


Sharon





Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Simply Winter

This is my very first Winter painting.

The sky is my favorite part about it. The color and clouds are doing exactly what I want them to do. That satisfaction is probably a little taste of how the Lord must feel about us when we are exactly obedient to His directives.

To me, in Winter, the clouds lack the same kind of fullness they have in Summer; they're probably freezing so, in traveling through the skies, they're doing the best they can to look fluffy. Even when they're full of snow they look different than they do in warmer climes. I wanted to portray that cotton candy type wispiness here... as though they're about to crystalize. A new blender brush gifted to me gave just the right effect once their forms were in; God is SO good to me!

Recently, the Deerfoot Stippler brush has joined my collection, and I LOVE IT! The control it gives is fit for devout hobbyists like me who desperately desire to employ proper form and shape to tree foliage and bushes. The frosty-looking bushes here are ALL done with the Deerfoot. Praise God!

I enjoy painting the uplifted boughs on evergreens rather than the traditional boughs hanging down.  There's enough of arms hanging down in the world, IMO, so in my world most of the trees' arms are uplifted. I just like that.

I pray you all are rejoicing with me in the successes God has given me with painting. I truly enjoy sharing all of them with you.

God Bless You and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sharon


"Simply Winter"
Copyright 12-12-16, SJ Palmer

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Autumn Brook

What I like the best about this painting is the water. The little brook fall and then the little catchbasin of it before it flows away in the foreground is exactly what I wanted it to be. Praise God!
 
Otherwise, I like the colors in the foreground and background, I love the Phtalo blue of the sky and the orange foliage that contrasts with it, and I love the bushes in the middle and the lay of the land reflecting moonlight on the grass.
 
While it's not one of my best paintings, it represents a conquering of intimidation regarding the brook water effect that Bob Ross does so wonderfully and aptly on his videos. God enabled me to duplicate that technique, and it worked for me just fine.
 
The canvas is dry to start, then scrubbed with a thin coat of the blue. Because of that, the entire painting is basically cast in the shadows that come just before dark. I love that. I pray you enjoy this one and appreciate the cooperation between blue and orange on the color wheel.
God bless you!
 
Sharon
"Autumn Brook"
Copyright 11-30-16, SJ Palmer

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Birch Gateway

I was watching a Joy of Painting video and "saw" something (in the way of inspiration) in the contours of background trees host Bob Ross was making. As it turned out, his composition went a totally different way, but my imagination was sparked for a new painting, so off I went!

I call it, "Birch Gateway", the idea being to create a work showing depth in the background with a big birch tree up front, sort of like a landmark. I imagined that folks giving directions to those traveling this river might tell them to "veer right (or left) at the birch"... something cool like that. I love that, when you focus on the birch, the background gets fuzzy just like in life. Also, the rounded edges of the scene give the whole thing a bubble-like appearance like looking through glass into this small part of my world. (I didn't plan any of that awesome stuff; it's the Lord's doing!)

Imagination and I are becoming acquainted in new ways through painting. I'm having FUN... just as the Lord intended. Thanks to His great patience, encouragement, and mercy, I did not let this gifting just lay on the ground. He is developing it in me as I take time to practice; believe me, the raw ability is a miracle - it didn't exist with me prior to His merciful and compassionate impartation.

Watch other painters work and see what God gives you. It will be a part of "your story" only you can express.

Praise God!

Sharon
"Birch Gateway"
Copyright 11-9-16, SJ Palmer