Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer project series Part 2

I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road. I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. I am still learning.
~Muhammad Ali

It’s about half way through the summer now and it's been a hectic month.  I have just been bombarded from every direction (it is intense) this summer,  but the joy has been in the journey (painting) so far as I carve out time in each day to work on my "Summer Project Series"  There is a part of me that is thinking, why do I do this to myself?  

The other part of me is thinking...this will truly be a miracle if I'm  able to get this done.  

  I really do feel at peace while working on these pieces, in the quiet hours of the morning and the moments I find to work on them.  The craziness of this summer, somehow stops my own voice, and Im pouring that voice into these paintings only.  Maybe that was meant to be, hopefully they can speak on their own and for the subjects involved and their issues with the love of Christ. 

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Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision
This painting is from a photo captured by Jon Warren of World Vision of a mother grateful for the medical help she received for her newborn baby.  A mother may walk for miles, or days to get medical help.  While some babies don't even live past the age of five in some areas, this mama knows that she has been given a gift.  

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-- a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Ps 84:3

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Photo credit Nissi Thapa/World Vision
Painting number 5 of my summer project series. I think I connected with this one the most out of all of them so far.  I am a folk artist not a realist, but I really did want to capture her expression on her face. Her name is Nirma, she’s 15 years old and was one week away from her wedding to a much older man and it was stopped just a week before her nuptials, and she was grateful to be able to learn some technical skills

 Her thoughts at that time was that she was doing a selfless act of lo've for her family, she did not want to be a burden to them, even though it is obvious that she seems really scared and nervous about this marriage. I painted the partial window with the blue skies to represent hope and beauty on the horizon. Thank goodness the marriage was stopped for a few years and this girl was able to learn new skills for a good future.  


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Photo credit Jon Warren/World Vision
This little boy from Africa shows so much joy from receiving clean water to drink,  I decided to add a few sunflowers­čî╗ from my own garden. Clean water is everything to villages suffering from diseases that are caused by dirty water!  The colors represent lightness and joy.
"Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh 8:10


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Painting number 7 in my summer project series and only one more to go! Thank you if you have been following all my progress this summer! This little girl from Peru is reading a book outside among some bricks.  While this child may not be working instead of going to school, many children do not go to school and go to work instead all around the world, and some of that work is heavy labor. This photo was chosen for me by Lauren Reed/ Digital Librarian  World Vision USA
Photo credit Ester Luis/World Vision 2010

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