Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sailing

Thinking clearly. Sanity. Purity.  Safety. Light. Salvation. Blood. Healing. Forgiveness. Closure.
 
A child has made it back to simple shores; that's what this painting says to me.

Your innocence will live again if you trust Jesus to heal you. I've been delivered from the crazy pain, robbery, and frustration of childhood molestation; thanks to Jesus, I've gotten back my sanity.
 
Confusion and betrayal - misleading, brutal theft of the truest artifacts in knowing who you are and who you are meant to be... that's what molestation took from me.
 
But Jesus bought it back. He gave it back to me after giving His own precious Body and Blood in exchange. He bought back "the kid" in me and made me understand how my life went desperately wrong at such a tender age.
 
And when my foolish choices exacerbated that horrible wrong... Jesus sacrificed His life for that dark time, too, and gave me back my life and my childhood "in Him" a second time.

He healed me through the words of a Christopher Cross song that played in my mind repeatedly. It played through the deliverance I went through nearly a year ago, and it still plays today, as healing continues.
 
Here's the marvelous song:







For those of you who've known the ballistic pain of childhood molestation, I urge you to listen carefully to every word of this masterpiece, and reach out to Jesus as it plays. You can be healed along with me. I'm praying for you.


God bless you.


Sharon

"Sailing"
Copyright 9-27-16, by SJ Palmer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Huntsman

This is my first painting using a black gesso underpainting. It has a more mature look, though it shows I lack practice. Practice is something readily within my grasp, thank God so, God willing, the best is yet to come.

Jack imagines himself hunting deer on this hillside; hence the painting's title. I love my husband!
 
I enjoy using acrylics and oils and honing my love of painting. I find the prospect of studying the color wheel and experimenting with various acrylic underpainting colors exciting. I'm doing what I love, and I believe it honors the Lord so, God keeping me, I will continue to practice and practice and practice.

God honors perseverance. Pray for me, y'all.
 
Sharon
"The Huntsman"
Copyright 9-20-2016, SJ Palmer

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thank You, God

I love being honest about my feelings.

Yesterday I got a wake-up call about my art, my painting... it's certainly good enough for me at this stage in life, but it's not the best. I know that.

I love what I do and the things God does for me - from ministering prophetically to dreaming to seeing visions to writing and being a wife... and painting... yes, painting... they're all things that I love. But most of all, I love who I truly am:

I AM MY HEAVENLY FATHER'S DAUGHTER. I am HIS Shamma, and I don't ever want to be anything less or anything else - ever. For my everlasting and true identity, I thank God.

I got prideful about my paintings yesterday (albeit only for a few moments), but I was quickly brought down to earth by a local artist's paintings that absolutely out stood mine by a country, land, sea, and city mile. Beautiful lines, gorgeous treatment of light and movement... the graceful strokes of pigment looked like photo color against the canvas... these were works bearing worthy testament to an artist's years of study; none of the strokes looked immature or unfinished, and I was justly humbled and impressed.

So, after landing safely on the soft shores of humility, I apologized to the Lord. He gave me this aptitude "for fun" and my enjoyment, not for basking in vainglory or huge revenue. In truth, I'm nowhere near an even serious amateur level of painting; I'm strictly an enthusiastic hobbyist, and I love it. For that, I thank God.

Not so very long ago I could not have even picked up a charcoal pencil or paint brush with any real prowess or eye at all toward "creating", but God and His mercy turned toward me and answered my prayer to enter a world of artistry and imagination I had never known. I have loved it, and I still love and regard it as where I want to be. Thank You, God.

I pray you'll all forgive me, too, for briefly getting too big for my britches. I pray you'll continue sharing my journey on this outstandingly thrilling, fun, and awesome road God has skillfully sown into my life. I contritely confess that - in more places than the canvas - I've still got TONS to learn!

God bless you.

Love,
Sharon

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Forest in Contrasts: Acrylic Painting

This acrylic painting easily could have been glazed in oil colors and, at first, that was planned. But I fell in love with the black, white, and gray of this work and decided to call it done.
 
Jack nearly flipped over it; Lynette loves it, too.
 
Seeing through the eyes of Righteous Judgement (black), Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding (gray), and Truth/Purity (white) is seeing as God sees. He's the Source of these attributes and is Creator of all color. God is THE Great Teacher and, as a painter, I found this a helpful exercise in "value" appreciation... learning to work with the most basic darks, lights, and shading tonal.
 
As an ever wide-eyed child of God, I am grateful for the striking beauty and humble simplicity of this Forest of Contrasts. Amen.

Sharon

"Forest of Contrasts"
Copyright 9-8-16, SJ Palmer

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Under Purple Skies

I love the intense skies! Here, it's about what God can do when we give our imagination to Him. This painting began a totally different way before the Lord enabled me to sit back and see what I truly wanted. Once I did, I went for it!
 
God knows your abilities better than you do... He knows what He put in you, and He's delighted to allow His gifts to emerge for your enjoyment.
 
Some elements of this painting took readjusting (to the point of scraping off paint and applying better vision), but that is SO like life in Jesus - I couldn't help noticing that!

I've prayed restoration over myself for the virtue that's gone out onto this beautiful canvas. (All you artists should do the same to aid your endurance and preserve your joy.) God is good.
Prophetic painting isn't new, but it is to me; I like it. God is amazing.
 
Sharon

(BTW, I'm the red bush!)





"Under Purple Skies"
Copyright 9-7-16, SJ Palmer