#425 Windswept Field

There are times when I see a painting and am inspired to try to create one with a similar theme. This picture was inspired by a painting by a Van Gogh painting. I try these paintings in order to increase my skills. In my judgement I have a long way to go. The key for me is not to try and be Van Gogh but to try and be the best myself I can. God does not look at us and say he can’t. No, God looks at us and says give me what you have and I will use those talents for my work.

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#424 Red Flower In Vase

Life is like a flower. When you’re born you a bud waiting to bloom. As you grow and live to full bloom you are a beautiful flower showing off your true colors. In the winter of life you will go back to the ground leave no behind the small blooms (your children or those people you’ve touched throughout your life) to carry on. This is another in a series of large and small abstract flower pictures I am fond of doing. The drawing is done on 9×12 white paper using soft pastels.

#423 Sitting On The Step

Back in the day one of my favorite things was to sit on my porch and watch the world around me. Those times seemed a lot less stressful and a lot more fun. A recent reacquaintance with someone whom I held dear in my younger years and who is still dear to me to this day reminded me of the importance of holding onto those people who occupy a place in our hearts. God wants us to love Him first but to also love others around us especially those we love in our hearts. I think these porch time gatherings are a way to remember the joy of friendship. The drawing is done on color pencil and ink on a 9×12 old book page.

#422 Flower In A Bowl

I like abstract art because the object is to create without restrictions. This one is done in soft pastel on 9×12 maroon paper. Life I think is abstract because we try to live like there are no restrictions. The problem is like the painting there are no clear definitions of how we should be living. That is why I am so thankful we have God’s Word because I can open the Bible and find a clear definition for living my life.

#421 The Little Town

All my life I’ve wanted to live in a small town. The main reason is because of the feeling of community. I miss the days when I could visit my neighbor and hang out for a little while just talking. Also when you needed help people were always there. This drawing is an homage to those by gone days. It is done in soft pastels on 9×12 white paper.

#420 The Little Red Dress

This illustration entitled “Little Red Dress” is the latest in a series I am doing. The drawing is done in color pencil and pen on an 8×11 old book page. I enjoy doing these fashion illustrations because…well I don’t know why I enjoy them. I just do. In life we don’ t always need to explain every move we make. There are times we are led by God and when we look back we think to ourselves, “Why did I do that? It was so out of my comfort zone.” But you see the only way we can grow in faith and knowledge is by going outside of our comfort zone and I guess that is why I like these drawing because they help me grow as an artist. So step out in faith today. It may be uncomfortable at first but it will help you grow as a Christian.

#419 Broken Gate

This is a drawing of a broken gate on an old country path. My original drawing is in the upper left corner. It was created using soft pastels and color pencils on an old 9×12 piece of manila paper. The other three pictures were created using a photo editing app called Photo2infinity. My favorite is the manga drawing in the upper right hand corner.

The broken gate is a reminder that as Christian paths we seek to take have gates broken by God so we cannot open them and stray from the course which is set for our lives. I also think there are times when we take it upon ourselves to push open the broken gates and take the wrong path. These end up being reminders to us how much we need to stay on God’s true path.