Friday, August 21, 2015

Divine Nature - Abstract and Cruciform #10/100

Lot's of deep texture in this close-up

You may remember that I became intrigued with the cruciform style of art - and I am in my "literal" interpretation stage, exploring letting crosses emerge from the brush strokes.

I started with large, loose brush strokes of black, in sort of a cross hatch pattern.  These strokes spoke to me of that darkness that masquerades as strength, that stands out boldly in the midst of purity and holiness. Over these I painted in my "gold gesso - imitation of the old masters" - the glory of God emerging through all the darkness and chaos...The panel was just flat canvas at this point and I began to imagine layers of texture built up around the black strokes...that is when I "saw" that white texture pushing back the darkness, till all that was left was the cross shape with streaks of gold throughout.  The holiness of God will always reveal our need of the cross to us.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, 
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

Dimensions: 7" x 14" x 0.5" gallery wrapped canvas - sides are painted white.  Ready to hang.

Black spatters show the penalty of sin bursting away at the presence of His holiness (all the white texture).  God's glory and divinity permeates it all (gold and gold splatters).  Finally, a rough golden circle encompasses the point of intersection - the heart that has the "mark of the cross" glows with His divine nature:

seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, 
through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, 
so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, 
having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, 
and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
and in your knowledge, self-control, 
and in your self-control, perseverance, 
and in your perseverance, godliness,
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, 
and in your brotherly kindness, love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, 
they render you neither useless nor unfruitful 
in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
2 Peter 1:3-8 NAS

(This art piece is for sale - $100)
 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer Watercolor Alphabet...


My alphabet from class (I cleaned it up a little in Photoshop.)


 I can't remember where I first came across WatercolorDevo's (Amarilys Henderson's) beautiful watercolors, I fell in love immediately.  Her work looks almost effortless, but if you have ventured into this medium, you know those beautiful and delicate images are more challenging than anticipated.  THAT is the very reason I jumped in to her Skillshare class on making watercolor alphabets...easy to follow, and having done one, quite addictive!

She teaches how to find a good alphabet font to copy, and encourages us to use analogous colors to achieve dynamic blends.  I chose this yellow, orange, and opera rose combination because those fiery colors match the heat scorching North Texas at the moment...now I need to learn how to do sunflowers!

Using my class project for new art






Summer vacation is almost over for us!  One more week before our Classical Conversations Challenge program starts!

Till later, Beloved,
Cindy