Friday, April 29, 2016

Twenty Third Psalm


While tentatively delving into "Bible Journaling"
I am finishing up my coloring book 

for the children at New Beginnings 
in Martin, GA.

The book is a testimony and affirmation 

of who they are in Christ, 
with pages of their surroundings
to color along with illustrated
pages of the 23rd Psalm.

When I am done with this project
I will begin a small illustrated book,
just of that Psalm.

In my head it is so cool.
Just pen and ink sketches
illuminating the scripture.

So simple.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Something New!



Where two or more
are gathered in My Name . . 


For years now I have used my art and faith to paint 
and preach colorful insights I've discovered while
reading and studying the Bible.

I've painted pictures, cut, pasted and drew ideas
on canvas, in notebooks or right in my Bible.  
I've spoken to many groups about my
 passion that a creative God loves 
stimulating and creative people.

 I recently began to post some of my art and photographs
on Instagram along with a relevant scripture in the hopes
of preaching to the electronic generation around the world
 and was surprised to discover 
a multitude of others
doing the same thing.

What I have learned over the many years of
painting the essence of faith is 
that the time I spend
with my Bible:
 searching for a scripture
reading and listening to that word
pondering/digesting the meaning
and then responding in full color
turns out to be the most intimate times 
I've ever spent - one on one with God.

The revelations discovered never leave me
and I have a "token of His goodness"
to keep, refer to for continued inspiration,
 and even to show others.

Check out "illustratedfaith" 
see what I'm talking about.
You don't need any special materials, 
just a sincere and adventurous heart.

Now go ....
shooo

Be brave!
Get started!

("poemplayz" on instagram)

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Bold Life


this is one of my favorite paintings
acrylic on paper
  the scene across the street
minus the ranch house and horses

I love the boldness
intensity of color

a statement 

I want to make
with my life

having the courage
to make sure strokes
without wavering
or apology

seems like spring
is a good season
to start


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A New Day


It's March 1st, 2016,
a day that has never happened before,
and I am impressed
that this is the beginning of a new season.

Yes, spring is right around the corner,
 but I believe it is much more than that.

To successfully enter and participate,
we must travel light.

Letting go of former things,
and facing Him with joy and expectancy
truly believing
that our God is good and honest,
all power and majesty,
and
that He loves us
beyond reason and measure.

He thinks we are awesome.

Let's prove Him right!

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Like a Flood


When the enemy comes in . . .
like a flood the Lord will
raise up a standard against him.
 

(Isaiah 59:19)

The words "lift up a standard" against
are translated from the Hebrew: 

to vanish away, subside, chase, make to flee

meaning (in my opinion)
that when the enemy comes in
the Lord Himself will sweep him away
like overcoming - flooding waters . . .


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

LOVE


Love is patient.
Love is kind.

What a perfect time
to reread and ponder
1 Corinthians 13.

What a perfect time
to put it into practice . . .
and practice 

makes perfect!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Atmosphere


I've just begun a new painting.

My thought has been to create
something atmospheric,
and I wonder why.

With pigments and a brush,
 I want to place on canvas
something
with the hard edges gone.

Something like
the blind squinting of Monet.

Something fragile
yet enduring.

Something
with the hard edges gone.

Just the sweet soul
 remaining.


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