AMERICAN ARTIST APPRECIATION MONTH

TL AUGUST IS AMERICAN ARTIST APPRECIATION MONTHBalance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life.  It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.  – Thomas Kinkade

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Who is your favorite American artist?  My favorite was Thomas Kinkade.  Since his death in 2012, I’ve seen many works that look similar and have the “painter of light” look, but there will never be another Thomas Kinkade.

The power of prayer is like turning on a light as it illuminates God’s purpose for our lives.  There is no greater connection to knowing His will other than the word.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/the-garden-of-prayer/

I adore the painting called THE GARDEN OF PRAYER.  When I sit and look at it, I’m inspired to begin yet another conversation with my Heavenly Father.  The water looks as though it’s flowing and the sunshine and shadows are placed perfectly – which we expect from all of his paintings.

Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis.  When someone shares something with me, I’ll often simply say, ‘Let’s pray about this right now”.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/remember-me/

When I see the painting REMEMBER ME, it reminds me of the fact that nobody is beyond hope and too far gone to be forgiven and escorted into Paradise when this life is over.  It also reminds me that although there is evil in this world, God’s love and light will win in the end!

You have to expect spiritual warfare whenever you stand up for righteousness or call attention to basic values.  It’s just a matter of light battling the darkness.  But the light wins every time.  You can’t throw enough darkness on light to put it out.  – Thomas Kinkade

When my mother passed away in 2004, I decided to buy the Kinkade painting called THE BRIDGE OF HOPE.  I felt as though I was standing on one side of the bridge alongside my mom, but with a bit of HOPE I would be able to cross the bridge and have the courage to embark on new adventures on my own.  I can’t tell you how many times I have sat alone in my living room staring at that painting.  I also appreciate that it looks different at various times of day and the shadowing changes according to the weather.  Those are the qualities that make Kinkade art stand out from the rest.

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/bridge-of-hope/

Beautiful objects, ideas, even beautiful people all share the power to lift the spirits and motivate creativity while at the same time soothing the soul…  – Thomas Kinkade

There are so many more works I’d love to talk about (I could talk all day long), but I definitely want to show you one of the cottages!  I’m such a romantic at heart, and if I could afford to fill my house with these, I would.  Here’s my favorite – don’t ask me why – but it is.

Every conversation, every cuddle, every kiss and caress, even every disagreement, adds another brush stroke to the picture of home you paint with the days and hours of your life.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/friendship-cottage/

Romance makes a radiant sunrise out of every moment.  – Thomas Kinkade

If I had to choose just one of the “cottage” collection paintings (and I would – I’m not rich by any means), it would be FRIENDSHIP COTTAGE.  Maybe it’s the little pathway or the bridge…  maybe it’s the name of it, or more than likely, it’s the colors, shading and that magical way that Thomas Kinkade had of drawing you in…  it’s as if the cottage is welcoming me to go in and stay a while.  It says, “Come in and sit down.  Relax and have a spot of tea whilst the world turns, oblivious to you for now.”  Yes – I want to go there, don’t you?

The most important key to a more romantic life:  you have to be willing to pay attention.  – Thomas Kinkade

Oh, I’ve seen people try to duplicate the warmth, light, romanticism and genuine talent that Thomas Kinkade put into every painting, but they are a long way from capturing my attention or my heart.

To be romantic is quite simply to allow yourself to fall in love with life – all of life – and experience it fully, openly, passionately, and purposefully.  – Thomas Kinkade

God’s house is beautiful and nobody captured that as well as Thomas Kinkade.

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/sunrise-chapel/

Isn’t SUNRISE CHAPEL beautiful?

Beauty is found in anything that delights the senses, nourishes the soul, fires the imagination.  – Thomas Kinkade

I appreciate the colors, textures and shading in Kinkade art.  Whether it’s a print or a painting, let his work speak to your heart and soul.  Enjoy American Artist Appreciation Month.  🙂

 

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INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY

TL 1-31 INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY

I’ll bet if I were to ask each person individually what real art is, I’d get as many answers as there are individuals.  That’s the beauty of art – there are different types of art because there are so many types of people with varied tastes.

Today is INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY!!!

When I think of art for my heart, I imagine myself not in a gallery, theatre, cinema or music venue – but in my prayer closet.  You see, if I was to go to one of those other places, I could soak up the art and it would be pleasing to my mind for a short while – but that is short-lived and I am hungering and thirsting for more.

 Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.  – Søren Kierkegaard

If I seek the Lord in my prayer closet, it’s a wonderful conversation.  Unlike the shocking art you see more and more in our world, God’s love is soothing to the mind and heart.  I’m reassured of His love and it makes me feel secure to know He will not change, no matter how much me and my environment do.

EXERCISE FOR YOUR HEART

Life is short, and Art is long.  – Nathaniel Hawthorne, London, September 29, 1855,  Passages from the English Note-Books, 1870

We can’t be sure what we will experience from man, but we can be very sure of what we will experience with our Father in heaven.  He loves us so much and wants only the best for us.  I think the key to getting the most out of this day is being selective about the art – and the art form we choose.  I choose prayer because I cannot imagine that any other venue could possibly do my heart so much good.

The art that does my heart the most good is by Thomas Kinkade.  Mr. Kinkade died on April 6, 2012 under very sad circumstances.  I’m not his (or anyone else’s) judge, merely an admirer of his work.  His art and writings live on to encourage and inspire my heart and the hearts of many others.  My favorite painting is “The Bridge of Hope”.  It reminds me that I was on one side of the bridge with my family, but they have gone on to heaven and I’m still here.  I’m here on the other side of the bridge now without them, but I know God is by my side and He will give me just what I need, when I need it – to live a life pleasing to Him.  One day I will cross the bridge too. 

 

THANKS LIVING DAY 6

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PRAYER ABOUT LIGHT
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

I’m fascinated with stained glass and Thomas Kinkade art. What do the two have in common? LIGHT.

Thomas Kinkade was known as “The painter of light”. His art portrays a warmth like no other; particularly the cottage paintings. There’s something about seeing a cottage with every light on. It indicates there is life inside. I imagine there are people who are happy with each other. I imagine many conversations going on within the walls of the cottage. I imagine that life inside a Thomas Kinkade painted cottage is perfectly laced with love, laughter and joy. The paintings draw me in with their peaceful enchantment.

I am quite fond of stained glass. It has nothing to do with the value of it. I do not have to own a Tiffany lamp to enjoy the effect. Seeing fragments of colored light filtered through a stained glass lamp dancing on a wall is the most beautiful sight. I’m reminded of the Light of Christ that we all carry in our hearts. The colors of my Light are different from the colors of your Light. We go to the same Source – but we fragment differently. It’s all of our talents and gifts from our Light Source that make us work together so well to reach the lost world for Christ!

Stop wishing you had another person’s talent or gift. God gave you the colors you have through Christ. The Holy Spirit helps you to grow and develop the Light you carry inside your soul. Concentrate on doing that instead of just wishing you had something different. If you had someone else’s Light it would not be a better Light anyway, but it would just echo someone else! You were not created to be an echo of anyone else. You are given your own colors by God so that you can praise and worship Him in your own unique style. The enemy of your soul wants nothing more than to talk you into the notion that the Light God gave you is not “good enough”. If he can persuade you to stop using your gifts and talents for God – that makes him very happy. Don’t give ol’ split hoof that kind of power over you!   🙂

WORLD ART DAY

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Today is WORLD ART DAY!!! I’m sure the intent is for us to celebrate the works of man, but in my opinion they pale when compared to God’s creation. All art created by man comes from work already done by God. Think about it.

My favorite artist was Thomas Kinkade. I like that he gave glory back to God not only for his talent but for the subjects he chose to capture on canvas. I especially like the bridges for some reason. While I realize that bridges per se are made by man, the beauty that surrounds them are definitely the awesome creation of God.  I wish I could share some of his art here, but I’d be violating copyright laws if I posted them here.  😦  There are TONS of slide shows on You Tube.  Please check them out.

On this special day I want to urge you to see the beauty around you. This may be difficult if you are in chronic pain or grieving today, but it sometimes helps if we can stop to look at nature and enjoy our surroundings. It has a way of rearranging our priorities and getting our minds refocused. It makes our problems seem smaller in the grand scheme of things. Looking at God’s creation has a way of calming my spirit and once again I can say with confidence, “God is in control and everything will be alright.”

It’s a daily struggle to keep a positive attitude in the midst of grief and pain. There is not a time limit on grief even though most people would like to impose a time limit on it. People are uncomfortable talking about those who have died. I find it comforting to talk about my family because it brings such happy memories to mind. I could talk about them for hours but most people do not want to hear about them. It makes them uneasy and they tend to want to change the subject. I’m viewed as a “downer” when I talk of those who are no longer here.

There are days when all I can think about is the pain of neuropathy. When chronic pain is with you every day it is not easy to see anything good in the world. I was talking with a friend on facebook yesterday and mentioned that the only time I don’t feel pain is when I am sleeping.

I made an effort to find beauty in God’s creation today. I was walking out of a restaurant and spotted a single yellow daffodil in the landscaping just outside the building. Yellow is my favorite color, but it is even more captivating when it is against the beauty of a dark blue sky. It was as if God pointed it out to me on purpose. It’s like He knew I needed to see it and I’m so thankful that He showed it to me.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How Great Thou Art. How GREAT THOU ART! ❤