February 26

Hope

How would one visually depict hope? What would it look like? “Hope” is the title of this 1886 painting by George Frederic Watts, an English Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement. He was famous for his allegorical works such as this, saying, “I paint ideas, not things.” Hope here is blindfolded, attempting […]

February 22

Sermon on the Level Place

Karoly Ferenczy was a Hungarian painter who became a major figure in the art world of his time. He is considered the “father of Hungarian impressionism.” Impressionists got their start in France in the 1860s and were not interested in realism in their paintings, but rather preferred to convey an impression of what the subject […]

February 15

At What Price?

What interesting subject matter for a painting—a 16th Century knight paying ransom for the return of his two kidnapped daughters. The painter, John Everett Millais, was an Englishman and a child prodigy. At the age of eleven, he became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. He is also known for establishing the […]

February 08

Go Out Into the Deep

First, a little art history lesson. During the Renaissance, artists transferred their designs to the wall, canvas or drapery using what was called a “cartoon.” This term comes from the Italian word for paper (cara) and the suffix “-one,” so basically it was a large piece of paper. After the art was created on the […]

February 01

So That No One Can Boast

I stumbled upon this artist, Cody F. Miller, while browsing the web and I love his work. He creates with cut paper and paint, which explains the unique look. In his artist’s statement, he says, “The paintings I have created are my thoughts on the rich and complex message of God handed down throughout history […]

January 26

Reckless Abandon

The winter is getting long and yes, I know it is January and I live in the north country, but I do long to look out my window and see more than mostly white (and for the thermometer to go above zero!). My heart aches for spring and green and color, which will be here […]

January 13

Words Stuck in My Head

As I’m writing this in my office, I can hear our preschoolers in the room across the hall singing at the top of their lungs: “My God is so GREAT; My God is so MIGHTY; there’s NOTHING my God cannot DO, for YOU!” Yes, they are shouting the words that are in upper case. I […]