Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Paintings are on Display

Warning: Me, me, me, ME, me - and more about ME.
I finished the Santa paintings and they are hanging in the window of the local toy store.

There are three of them smiling cheerfully at shoppers.

And they are 3'x4' - but don't look quite so large from the street!

They look really cool at night (in my humble (ha!) opinion)-

I also have individual paintings for sale in the toy store - since several of my pieces are appropriate for kids' rooms.

Like this cute little guy.........

(and don't ALL kids need bible verses in their rooms to memorize and "hide in their hearts" ?!?)

The most difficult part was not the actual painting.

The hardest part was mustering up the courage to actually tell someone that I paint.

And THEN asking to place my art in the toy store for SALE. (Risking the criticism of "others" -yikes!)

Which reminds me........I am reading a really good book by Anne Graham Lotz - The Magnificent Obsession.... I got it "free" by donating here.

One of Anne Graham Lotz's heroes is Abraham. In the first chapter she talks about how Abram (Abraham) arrives in Canaan and is quite different from everyone - because he has a different God. His God is not like their god(s). Here are a couple of paragraphs that hit home.

"I have discovered that as I pursue knowing God, I too have found myself in the minority. I am surrounded by others who seem so different from me in their values and priorities. Canaanites today are those the Bible describes as worldly. Their pattern of behavior is based on what everyone else is doing, on what feels right to them, on what seems to work for their advantage. Their preoccupation is with personal pleasure. Their priority is "me first." And their lives are so fast paced they have no time for God or for their neighbor. Yet many of them are very religious, like the Canaanites, worshiping a god of their own making. ....

......... It's reasonable that you and I should stand out from those around us. Absolutely. Obviously. Is that what you're afraid of? Are you afraid of being so different that you draw the stares of your coworkers? That you provoke whispers behind your back? That someone will raise an eyebrow, curl her lip and leave you off the social register in your community?" -Anne Graham Lotz

Now, tell me, again - exactly WHY do I even care what anyone here on earth thinks about my paintings?

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melifaif said...

Those are awesome. Love them! Good for you. They do look splendid at night. (In my - ha! - opinion!)

This Photographer's Life (In Search of a Style) said...

I love the Santa paintings! My goal is to get some of my work on display before I turn 27, so I really appreciate that fact that you had the courage to ask to display your paintings! That takes courage.

Leanne said...

Congratulations. Those look amazing. Beautiful job and they look great at night. I love the little elephant. So cute!

Terry said...

Terrific, they look really, really cool at night, maybe 3 "reallys."

Kim said...

You are so talented. They do look great at night-lit well.

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

I think our opinions of our own work is always humble but they really DO look great! The night shots are fantastic. I love your artwork!

WOW that quote from the book spoke to me. I often feel at odds with people (relatives!)because of my difference in priorities and what my sense of fun is. I will have to look into getting a copy of that book. Thanks for letting us know about it.

Anonymous said...

WOW -- fabulous. I love your paintings. How exciting to see them displayed. Thank you for sharing your talent at the boardwalk bragfest.

teresa said...

the santa pictures show up extra well at night. how cheerful and cute. love how you included a scripture verse along with the elephant. perfect to hide in our hearts. =)

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

So awesome! You made that whole street and corner look good! I have to say that is one of THE BEST Santa paintings I have ever seen. It must be hard to paint such a jolly Santa because a good Santa is hard to find! I would love to have one but I will probably have to wait until January. Beautiful!

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