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Smoky Mountains & Wedding Bouquets

September 20, 2017

A few stragglers that didn’t get posted…I painted this for Sean for Father’s Day of the Smoky Mountains in Asheville.  Photo creds to William “Marty” Clanton (my husbands cousin) whom I quite frankly did not realize had taken what I thought was just a hobby in photography and developed it into a business.  He has talent!  Check him out!

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Flowers For Liza (a first attempt at thick paint for my niece) 18×18 Acrylic on Canvas

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Woodland Creatures Nursery Art

May 6, 2017

In His hand is the life of every creature…

Job 12:10

Something about Mr. Raccoon’s personality grabs me ❤ Thank you so much Laura!!

11×14 Acrylic on Canvas SOLD

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Christ – Resurrected King

April 25, 2017

I am by nature, an introvert, it doesn’t take much to make me feel awkward (bring out my inner dork I jokingly say) another stab at trying to brush off that paralyzing feeling. I read the quote “quiet people often have the loudest minds” some time ago and I find that to be absolutely true of myself. When the pastor of my church approached me regarding these paintings (live audience) my flesh cringed while my soul whispered “it is for my glory” so with terror and sweating palms I said yes “but only because it’s about the message not the painting itself”.

It has been my prayer for some time now to live my faith out loud rather than continuing to internalize, something I tend to do with everything.  To LET my light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).  For a city set on a hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14).  Specifically for my husband and children that it may flow out of my heart to share His grace and love with anyone who may cross my path. This is often where I fail first, as it is easier to get annoyed and frustrated and/or hurt by those who are closest to us.  It requires a lot more sacrifice that I have to admit I am not often willing to immediately put my pride aside to do. It’s only after prayer and reflection upon conviction that I even see it at times.  We can measure the progress of our Christian life by how well we relate to our parents, our spouse, or our employer. If we were to base our spiritual progress on how well you lived it out at home, how do you think you are doing?” – JD Greer. Let us examine our ways and test them and let us return to the Lord (Lamentations 3:40). For it is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).  Our closest relationships reveal our deepest heart issues, sin and need for a Savior.

God requires perfection and there is but One who meets this standard.  It is only by the blood of Jesus Christ who while we were yet still sinners loved us (Romans 5:8), to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8), the author and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), who loves us with an everlasting love (Jeramiah 31:3), not because we loved Him, but because He loved us (1 John 4:10).

One who’s only accusation was “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews”

As Jill Briscoe says “obedience first, then the courage” so without the courage, without the experience, I went where I was sent and gave what I had, the only thought I would allow, a prayer “Lord work through me, be my strength, still my quivering hands and quiet my terror, move me out of the way”. Taking a leap outside my comfort zone, it is only by His gift of the talent he wove into my innermost being and His Grace and Love for me that such a thing could have ever taken place.  To God be the glory forever and ever Amen!

Resurrected King 30×40 Acrylic on Canvas – First Service (Top) Second Service (Bottom)

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To be completely honest, I have battled all week if I should share this or not.  My fears and insecurities raged all week long.  Fears of people who will think this was a very odd thing to do, judgement, seeking praise, you name it, it has gone through my mind.  I have struggled in many, many areas and have felt firmly buckled in my seat of the struggle bus.  It has felt like Satan has attacked me with every noise and obstacle there could nearly be.  Sometime in the middle of this past Sunday night I came to peace with it all and I said “Satan you will not win, you have already lost” so I continue in this race of life for the only purpose we are created for…to bring Glory to the One who made me in all my messiness and sin.  Who loves me despite it all!!

Transformed people use their same gifts for Gods purpose! – Kenny Hibbard

The message – The Faces of the Cross http://teamchurch.com/message.aspx?parentnavigationid=43217&messageGuid=fdc01c21-da74-4a4b-86ab-71b6cdd5babd

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Llama Love, Bold As a Llama- Full Photo

February 12, 2017

Possibly the most fun painting I have done, not to mention special!  So excited to reveal my sisters painting for her baby boy at her shower today.

Each painting has significant meaning deep in my soul.  I found this article on “Bold as a llama”  Deeper Christian

Careful. They spit.

Llamas: A rather odd looking pack animal (related to the camel) found in the Andes. These sociable creatures not only have great woolly fleece, they also make excellent watch dogs … err … llamas. I once asked a farmer who had a flock of sheep why he also had a llama in the field. I thought perhaps it was so he had access to unlimited fleece jackets or because he had a childish fetish with The Emperors New Groove. But what he told me surprised me.

“It acts as my watchdog.”

Apparently llamas are highly protective and if an intruder (think foxes and coyotes and bears, oh my!) come within the field, they will put up a fight, try to stomp on the intruder’s head, and run it off. Though usually calm, humble, and benign, they can quickly become bold, daring, and audacious.

I came across a quote the other day that reminded me of these long-necked woolly creatures. AW Tozer said:

Christians should be the boldest people in the world – not cocky and sure of ourselves, but sure of Him.

Okay I agree that the llama illustration is not perfect, but our lives as Christians should be known for humility, gentleness, and peace – no matter the situation we find ourself in. We are not called to be doormats, but we are called to serve, spill, and spend our lives for King and Kingdom. Yet, what if we were also as a bold as a llama? There IS a gentle, meek, and mild side of Christianity … but we are also called to stand for Truth, be willing to lay down our lives, live without any fear or worry, suffer with a smile on our face, and yes, even chase off the wolves that sneak in wearing sheepish outfits.

So may we pray the prayer that Oswald Chambers prayed as a teenager: “Oh God bathe us in humility.” But let us also pray that God would strengthen and embolden us to be the Joshuas, Elijahs, and Pauls who were strong in battle, stood for Truth, and found their position not in themselves but in God, whom they believed would show Himself valiant through their lives.

I pray for all that God has in His will for this special little one, for he is a gift from God.  Love you so much Lauren, Chad and Alaina!!

20″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

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Hoping to get a clearer photo with the good lighting in her room once it is hung.

A Little Fellow Follows Me

January 6, 2017

I had never heard of this poem before Sarah asked me to paint it.  My heart resonated with it deeply, it so perfectly describes the feeling I have as a Mother.  It reminded me of Deuteronomy 11:19

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and in your soul; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,

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#14

December 8, 2016

She is just #14 and she is very special to her family.  Thank you so much Paige!!

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  Habakkuk 3:17-18

24×24 Acrylic on Canvas

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Ginger

December 5, 2016

Ginger 8×10 Acrylic on Canvas (Commissioned)

I really love painting dogs!

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