Monday, October 31, 2016

Contemplating Strength

"Contemplating Strength"
Copyright 10-31-16, SJ Palmer

I love the intensity of this painting. It's beautiful because it depicts simple, colorful, simmering activity. When my brain studies things via God's power, it sounds like waterfalls; steady, bubbling creativity; it feels good and refreshes the mechanisms of thought. That's the Lord's doing. Holy Spirit is often symbolized as water... I believe "rushing" water does Him justice.
I have very much wanted to put mental movement on canvas, capturing the general atmosphere of the inner world of holy, peaceful, deep contemplation of God that makes my life wonderful... for it is.
Practice indeed makes perfect and - while this isn't perfection's picture - this work is the closest I've come to pinpointing the emotions inside of me; that makes it perfect enough. I pray it speaks good things to all who see it.
God gave me a gift to be developed, and He is blessing the continued application of His gift by expanding my imagination and giving me all I need in terms of technique to explore and release the inner desires and colorful scenes in my heart.  For that and all things good and perfect, I bless His precious, faithful, Holy Name.  Amen.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


I did this painting while standing talking to Lynette about it - and she recorded me! It was SUCH fun to see and hear what I actually know about this painting technique, and I got a chance to just let my imagination go. I mixed my own simple color combinations with a mind toward harmony and contrasts; I think it turned out GREAT!

If you've tried the wet-on-wet technique, I urge you to do fun things like recording yourself doing a project; it's a great way to learn via self-critique. I won't subject you to the actual video but, suffice it to say, it's a hoot!

I call this one, "Creekside". With all the conversation and instruction involved, it took close to 2 hours to complete. My favorite part of it is the mountain... I'm finally getting the hang of how to do them. Yay!

I love that I actually put the developing picture in my head on canvas, and I am very pleased with the results. Lynette was blessed, and Jack loves it.

God is good.


Copyright 10-15-16, SJ Palmer

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Deep Forest: A Black Canvas

I've contemplated actually painting this scene for quite a while. I love it. Bob Ross was the brains behind the composition, but God gave the increase.
Moody paintings do great things for me, and there's nothing like a black canvas to make things happen. I recommend them highly.
As for trees, well, you all know how I feel about them. I hope you enjoy this.
God bless.


"Deep Forest"
Copyright 10-6-16, SJ Palmer

A Touch of Autumn

There are parts of the Hudson Valley that resemble this sweet scene about now.  Portions of nature still cling to summer greenery, while others scoot over to accommodate change.

That's a bit like some of us; there are those who welcome color splashes and differences in shade and frame and temperament in life and those who prefer comfortable, familiar monochromes.
Concerning trees, my mother told me long ago that God "puts them to sleep in autumn and wakes them up in spring." That truth conveyed such personal, loving kindness to me about God. It made me want to know Him more.
I pray that when you look at nature's subtle, fragile, seasonal transitions you'll desire a richer acquaintance with the God Who welcomes every bud and forms every leaf; with He Who mindfully stores the sap in earthen cellars until the time to pump it warmly back through each wooden, worshipful arm of His trees.
I pray that as you look on "A Touch of Autumn" you'll praise and stand in awe of His precious handiwork. God bless you.

"A Touch of Autumn"
Copyright 10-5-16, SJ Palmer