Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Perseverance Pays Off

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. 



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.

"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.

"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!


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!


"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!
"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!

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