STILLNESS original watercolor (from reference photo by John Pitocco) 12 x 16 inches.
I don't think that I really did the reference justice which has the boats as the focal point and then just goes on back so beautifully inviting you into the scene. I realized in doing this what I really want to do is a close up of those boats and the marsh. I may do this one over again too.
Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from
the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction.
FURRY FRIENDS original watercolor is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb hot press paper. It looks to me as though the cat has lifted his head as the dog invades his personal space.....and very obviously looking in his direction.
After a time, even the dog compromises with the cat.
LOST LAMB original watercolor painting is 9 x 10.5 inches on Fabriano rough paper. I was inspired by the Scripture verse in which Jesus tells the religious leaders who were muttering about the people of doubtful character he was ministering to:
"Suppose one of
you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine
in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When
found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders,
rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors,
saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on
it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over
ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue."
Almond Blossoms original watercolor painting. I became recently aware of the almond blossom in relation to the description God gave them in creating the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25). The blossoms are used as the branches in the lamp stand, and decorate the ark with gold petals as well. I wondered, what is the symbolism?--- and so I googled. I found this wonderful description in this site. which I quoted part of below. Moses staff was a branch of an almond tree, which did bud and blossom (Numbers 17).
"In the Hebrew language, name for almond tree is shâqêd (Strong, 2010). The primary root of shâqêd is shâqad
which means to be watchful, alert, on the lookout, and sleepless.
Almond buds and blossoms were placed on the Lampstand where the lamps
burned during the night to symbolize two things: first, the constant
watchfulness of God over His people and second the need for Israel to be
alert to the commandments of God."
Secretarybird original watercolor painting, 8 x 10 inches on Arches 140 lb paper. This is a bird native to Africa that stands about 4 feet tall. It's a member of the raptor family.
“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it
would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We
are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an
ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”