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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Grapes Monoprint

"Grapes" is a monoprint inspired by the colored woodprints of Edna Boies Hopkins whose work is now on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum. this print was done is two stages, a print of yellow ochre textured to resemble cloth and then the grapes and leaves printed on top.

"Away, Away, Milky Way"

"Away, Away, Milky Way" is a monoprint with the stars in the background with swirls of starlight in the foreground. It fits the reading of the second Sunday of Lent in which God promises Abraham heirs too numerous to count. In the covenant with Abraham (Abram), God said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." That was a covenant, a promise that was staggering, but has come to pass.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"the Birds"

"The Birds" begins my Lenten series for 2010. I strive to provide a painting each week that in some way relates to one of the Sunday readings.

I chose this image to illustrate some of Psalm 91 which starts: "You who live in the shelter of the most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and may fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'" It goes on to use various images of the assurance of God's protection and in verse 4 says, "and under his wings you will find refuge..."
This painting is one of a few oil paintings done in 2001 during a time away from watercolor. I soon returned to my preference of watercolor!