“The Prize”

Back in the fall when my son headed back to college his roommate asked me to do a painting for their living room.  Y’all!!  I was so touched!  I mean, you know not many young people, especially young men, appreciate “real” art, but he’s an exceptional young man so I shouldn’t have been surprised.  He had liked a painting I had done a while back, but needed a specific size.  Unfortunately, shortly after he asked me my life got crazy so I didn’t get a chance to work on it til a few weeks ago, but finally this is what I came up with:

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When we discussed what he may want he mentioned that he had thought about a map and I guess my subconscious remembered because this is what came out.  This was not preconceived and I was pleasantly surprised when my painting alluded to that image. When I asked if he had a favorite quote or bible verse he gave me this which I wrote on the canvas and then painted over:

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”No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing:  Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

I can’t tell y’all how appropriate this verse is for this young man.  He is very driven and dedicated not only in his academics, but in all things.   When I was finished I couldn’t help but think how the painting, the verse and the young man just fit.  God was definitely guiding my hands.  I told my son I was naming it “The Prize” and that this young man’s prize will be the world because he certainly deserves it!

Here are some close ups:

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Our son is blessed with remarkable friends and we are so fortunate that he gets to live with this exceptional young man.  It makes it a little easier knowing he is surrounded with goodness.

Here’s to hoping you’re running a good race and that you achieve “the prize” that you are working toward.

Peace,

Debbie

 

"STRENGTH AND COURAGE"

After painting "Layered Journey" (which I wrote about in my last post) I was looking for a bible verse and I had an idea.  What if I found a bible verse BEFORE I did the painting and wrote the verse on the canvas and then painted over it???  So that is what I did with the "Strength and Courage" series.  This is the first painting in the series:

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"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do NOT be afraid; do NOT be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  Joshua 1:9

As I painted I meditated on the verse.  The more I painted the more the layers and crevices built.  The more they built I realized how much we need strength and courage to get through the layers and crevices of life.

The more I meditated the more I knew we needed strength and courage to wash away the tarnish on life.

And I thought about how rewarding it is know that His love is there to provide all the strength and courage we need.

I'm happy to say that this painting now belongs to the sweetest family who sadly fights a tough battle and needs strength and courage every day.  

Below are other paintings in the series:

"STRONG AND COURAGEOUS II"  "Be strong and courageous. Do NOT be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

"STRONG AND COURAGEOUS II"

"Be strong and courageous. Do NOT be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

"STRONG AND COURAGEOUS III"  "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13

"STRONG AND COURAGEOUS III"

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13

Wishing you all strength and courage to get through the layers and crevices of life.

Peace and Blessings,

Debbie

 

 

 

"LAYERED JOURNEY"

Last year I was asked to do a painting honoring the junior class at Bayside Academy to be auctioned at their annual Bay Affair.  For those not familiar with our area, Bayside Academy is a private college preparatory school and the Bay Affair is a fundraiser they hold every year that several well known respected artists from our area participate in.  I was truly flattered to have been asked to not only participate, but to paint one of the honorary pieces.  

I began with a base of gold and then started painting.  As I painted the layers kept building and I couldn't help but think how each layer represented another step in their journey.  

I thought about how each crack or crevice represented areas in life.

Because let's face it, as much as we'd like for it to be, life is not smooth.  It is full of lumps and bumps and dips.

But, it is also full of light and color.

And explosions of life!

And these explosions are what make all the cracks and crevices and lumps and bumps worth it.

Without all the cracks and crevices and lumps and bumps you wouldn't appreciate the explosions of life when they happen, or at least not nearly as much.  And honestly, I know of no one who doesn't have to go through at least some dips to get the high points.  The most amazing thing is when you put all the cracks and crevices and lumps and bumps together with the light and the color and the explosions, well you get life.

When I was finished painting I wanted to find a bible verse that related to their journey so that I could write it on the back.  In my search I found the perfect one:  "They said to him, 'Inquire of God please, that we may know whether our way on which we are going will be prosperous.'  The priest said to them, 'Go in peace, your way in which you are going has the Lord's approval'."  Judges 18:5-6

I chose to write about this painting because it also relates to me and my journey.  I often question whether I am on the right path, whether my way will be prosperous.  There seems to be sooooooooo many artists these days and I wonder whether I should just give up.  Especially when I do that horrible thing you shouldn't do and compare myself to another artist.  I know better, but sometimes can't help myself.  Add to it that the past year for me was full of cracks and crevices and lumps and bumps that detoured me from my path.  BUT I'm starting the new year with a renewed determination.  Hopefully life will not get in the way this year and I will be able to paint more.  If it doesn't cooperate I'll just have to paint between the cracks and crevices and lumps and bumps and appreciate the explosions of life all the more when they happen.

Peace and Blessings,

Debbie