Posts Tagged ‘canopy’

A Closer Look

October 26, 2012

“Deserving”

Recently I finished my latest painting called “Deserving”.  It is 36″ in diameter, which is a little larger than I am used to working, but I really enjoyed the challenge.  One challenge in particular for making larger works is increasing your amount of density.  In other words I can’t just assume that I can take design concepts from a smaller painting and blow them up on a larger scale… my RANGE of detail has to become greater.

detail of “Deserving”

In a previous post I mentioned that I would be exploring themes from the book of Isaiah.  This painting is the first in this particular series.  I would like to go into a little more depth, but not TOO much because over-explained artworks can lose their magic.

This painting comes from two different passages in Isaiah – 2:19-21 and 4:5-6.  The first passage describes when God comes to judge Israel because they have turned away from Him.  People will hide in caves from His terror.  I chose to clothe the figures in purple because it is a color of royalty.

When we make ourselves royalty instead of the One who made us, there are always consequences.

In chapter four, after the Babylonian exile, Isaiah describes a canopy that will shelter the “remnant” (those that have remained faithful and ALIVE) even after the judgement and exile – as well as a pillar of fire and smoke at night and a cloud by day that will shelter and guide them.

I am showing these two passages happening in the same painting for two reasons:

1. Because God is not bound by chronological time.

2. Because I wanted to show hope in the midst of darkness.

The figures are reaching out to receive God’s judgement (“consuming fire”) but also His guidance .

I hope the exploration into this painting has made the viewing experience richer for you.  As always, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you have any further questions.

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Festivals and New Series

September 19, 2012

Driving between Johnson City and Asheville

This past weekend was a real blast – and a real learning experience!  We had fun staying with friends, eating really horribly (and by horribly I mean awesomely fattening and delicious), and talking art with folks.  We learned that maaaaaayyyyyybe I show better (and sell better) in galleries than in outdoor shows.  However, it was still a worthwhile experience.

I’m so glad I made the notecards!  People responded more to those than the prints.  I am looking to make an Etsy page for the prints and notecards a little later on…

I was fortunate enough to be assigned a corner booth so I had another wall on which to hang my work.  It really engaged people, and I conversed with many an inspired individual.

The sales weren’t great…BUT I got picked up by another gallery (signed the contract that Sunday after the show!) called Atelier Gallery!  Maybe that was the whole reason for the trip in the first place…  It’s in a great location in downtown Asheville on the corner of Lexington and College. They are very professional and energetic and represent some great artists.  I’m excited to work with them!

Relaxing, contemplating, and planning outside at Rembrandt’s Coffeehouse

Ah, the aftermath of a show…a sweet time of contemplation, readjusting, and  looking to the future.  I took some time yesterday to think about my next few paintings.  I have been off and on reading through Isaiah and have been very inspired by the redemptive story of God disciplining and reaching out to His people.

Some of the imagery is so powerful, and the redemptive prophesies are so great, I just HAVE to explore this visually!  The book is basically laid out in three sections: 1. God’s warning and judgement on his people who have turned away from Him. 2. As a result, Israel becomes captive to the Babylonians 3. God redeems the remnant (those left after the exile)

I am really looking forward to exploring what God has to say in these passages.  There will be female figures, maybe a male figure or two, caves, canopies, smoke, lions, lambs, trees, fire, fruit, flowers, and, of course, pattern.  Can’t wait!