Happy Easter! Today I’ll share peaceful and joyful oil paintings and songs with you. May you feel the burst of new spring life in your spirit, and the blessings of God upon you. It’s a new day. He is Risen!
The painting above is a 2-minute time lapse video to watch me paint a three panel landscape of the Holy Trinity, my Easter painting from 2020. My new 2021 Easter painting 2-minute time lapse is below, “Easter Sunday with Grandma“.
Sing these three beloved hymns with us? The words are on the screen for you. The first two are clips from this year’s Easter Show. I’m the one in the yellow dress, the two on each side of me are my lovely daughters. The third song is from a live event in 2018. I’m playing the mountain dulcimer and my son is playing guitar.
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee”
“Will the Circle be Unbroken/So Remember our Defender”
As we begin a new season, anything is possible. May love, peace and joy reign over us, as we pursue vocations, relationships, and spiritual dreams. God bless you and your families.
“Lent is about giving something up, and adding something new. I mentioned earlier about learning something new, during our Easter experiences at our new Southern church, and it’s all about ‘new’. I’d been focused on Lent being about the past- repenting, letting go, pledging to change. What I hadn’t spent much thought on is that when we let go of something it makes room for something new. Repentance is also about forgiveness. Letting go is about mercy. Forgiveness and mercy frees us.
What a loving God we have, who wants us to be free! The depressing and sometimes challenging process of examining our lives and deciding what we need to change is only the beginning of the journey. We do this to prepare the way for something better, something new. It may require a leap of faith, and the journey is bittersweet, but the destination is beautiful.
I painted this in a style similar to ‘Pink Flower’, except this time my process was deliberate. I liked the layering-background technique I created almost by accident with Pink Flower, and now it is one of my signatures. I paint colorful shapes around my main subject, that I then paint over while the oils are still wet. The flower stays in sharp focus, while the background is soft, yet luminous. ‘Lenten Flower’ is one of my favorite paintings. I’d like to do more work like this.”
List of Oil Paintings in this Collection, linking to their pages here on the site, and also citing physical pages in the hardcover book: