Fantasy Exercise #1 The Crucifixion

Fantasy Exercise #1 The Crucifixion  How would you paint the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? There are so many versions of the scene and I think when we look at the work of another artist, we can get so caught up in trying to figure out what that artist is saying that…

Finding God in Nature

Recently, I went to visit the American Pre-Raphaelite exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington DC. There were many beautiful examples and I was struck by the work of Fidelia Bridges 1834-1923 who lived in Canaan Connecticut. She found the beauty of small things in nature. Known for her “microscopic details” and as William Trost…

Praising God: Sabbath Rest

I had the pleasure of attending an exhibit on Saturday that featured many of the paintings of American Pre-Raphaelite artists. This painting by Thomas Charles Farrer was one that really captured my imagination… Mount Tom, 1865, Thomas Charles Farrer, 1839-1891, oil on canvas, 15.9 x 24.2 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Image Source…

The Art of Letter Writing

This year, for my New Year’s resolution, I decided that I would look for ways to revive some “old school” ways. I wanted to lay down my cell phone a bit more and break the horrible addiction of checking for emails and comments…to simplify things and relish the slow lane of life a little more…

Praising God: The Cloudscape

A dear friend of mine and a fellow blogger posted online that he was suddenly becoming more aware of how important it is to spend time in praise of God. And I thought “wow! amazingly simply but very profound.” and I am resolved to spend more time in praise. I hope to encourage you in…

Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em

Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em:  A Reflection “The Card Players” painted by Paul Cezanne’s by Adam R. Nettesheim “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk way, know when to run!” – “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers Plainly said, I see in this painting two gentlemen…

In Jesus’ Name: The Beloved Son

  By framing this scene, of Christ and the angels, with billowing clouds, Hans Hemling  suggest to our mind that there is another heavenly dimension only a breath away. He plants the idea that if we only listen closely we might be able to catch a glimpse of Jesus’ glory and hear a mighty chorus…

In Jesus’ Name: The Resurrection and Life

Am I too late to celebrate you O Savior of the World? *Woman why are you crying? Have I been too caught up in the now– in the ordinary things of this world? I am anxious, O Lord, and I can not see you. Who is it your are looking for, child? Lord do you…

In Jesus’ Name: Lamb of God

Much has been said this week about the fire at our beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. I say “our” because this house of worship has become so much to so many people across the globe. You don’t have to be French or Parisian or even Catholic to be utterly gutted by the sudden horror of seeing…

In Jesus’ Name: Great High Priest

As it is the eve of Palm Sunday, I had planned to post an image of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey and consider his name Lord and King. But the spirit decided otherwise and I was drawn into contemplation of this remarkable image by French artist James Tissot (1836-1902) which cast me…