Friday, August 26, 2016

Mountain View

Colors have discovered me! I have discovered them. We have married each other. I wouldn't be surprised if a place in Heaven looks like this, because of the way it makes me feel. It's as though I'm standing there looking out; God willing, there will be many more paintings like this.
(I greatly cherish making good use of God's gift to me. If Bob Ross is in Heaven, God keeping me, I plan to hug his neck some day!)


"Mountain View"
Copyright 8-25-16, SJ Palmer

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mind's Eye Ocean: A Black Canvas

My husband asked for a painting in blue, and here it is. Blue is an awesome color in all its shades; I've yet to see an ugly blue. Even married with brown as it is here, it somehow works. My eyes are deep brown and, often in my dreams, that color will "vignette" what I'm actually seeing; that's why it's here. (Also, I began painting with another theme in mind using brown, which didn't come together.)

Sometimes it takes dipping my toes in the water to show me the real direction I should go. I thought about the Bering Sea at night (I'm a huge "Deadliest Catch" fan) and out this came. Between God's power and Bob Ross, the paintings are improving. I never realized how tentative I was with acrylics - Holy Spirit (actually symbolized by "oil") has caused me to relax with oils. Praise God.

"Ask and you shall receive" Jesus said. I'm here to tell you He's no shorter than His word. Hallelujah!


"Mind's Eye Ocean"
Copyright 8-25-16, SJ Palmer

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tranquil Sunset: A Black Canvas

This was different. It gave me all new appreciation for white canvas and the presence of light. With black canvas, man, there is NONE... if it's there, you bring it. The mercy of God and your use of color are all you have to bring light and proper shade to an otherwise dark enterprise.
It produced great awe in contemplating what the Lord did with only one Light to work with when He began making the earth - Himself. In the literal sense, then, it takes Light to make light. In the artistic sense, shadow helps a great deal.
Did I enjoy the challenge? Yes.
Would I use black canvas again? Yes.

I've painted this one for my best friend Lynette who is now enjoying many tranquil, colorful days in life. She's growing closer to Jesus and living a life of freedom right here on earth. This is how she looks to me; standing in the foreground of life with the soft Light of God on her face. (I cover every word of that testimony with the Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth Who came in the flesh. Amen.)
Lynette, my friend, I love you. Enjoy the painting.
"Tranquil Sunset"
Copyright 8-20-2016, SJ Palmer

Monday, August 8, 2016

UPDATED: Yes - the tree is the thing

I love trees; I've known that for many years. They praise God continually. This painting reflects my desire to express that love in my own way. God has given me a great gift; prior to His gracious impartation, I could only finger paint!

The tree in the furthest foreground is a lot like me; stretched out in praise and facing the sun on an island filled with life, growth, and color. Those of you who kindly visited this blog yesterday are aware of the changes I've made to the tree since then. Its leaves were dull and looked off-peak; the Lord has worked lovingly and diligently on the "colors" of my life, to make them POP! all bright and shiny. Now this tree looks like me, letting my light, life, and amazing color shine forth to the world. IT IS THE LORD'S DOING, and it is marvelous in my eyes!

The tree still greets the viewer and ushers them in to the other components of contemplation oil painting facilitates so aptly in me. Its new foliage was applied with a palette knife - slowly, joyously, methodically... and that's definitely like me. Acrylics dry fast, which is sometimes quite useful; but oils give time for thought. I like that.

Yeah, absolutely now, in this painting the tree's the thing.


"The Tree's the Thing"
Copyright 8-9-16, SJ Palmer

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Misty Mountains: An Oil Painting

My painting has finally turned a corner. So has my confidence. (I cover that declaration with Christ's Blood.)

Now that I've tapped in to the wet-on-wet technique, I can think toward making it my own. God is truly merciful, and Bob Ross was a genius!

The Lord rewards perseverance and, as y'all have witnessed, I have painted and painted over the past several weeks trying to find the right combo of guts and glory.  God gave me courage, and I've painted this scene to His Glory. This one made my husband weep; it's quiet and simple, just like me.

What God does for one, He'll do for all; I hope you're inspired by my breakthrough... and, by God's power,  dramatic skies and inspired worlds - here I come!
Thank You, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

I'm smiling!


"Misty Mountains: An Oil Painting"
Copyright 8-4-2016, SJ Palmer