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!