Creative Works of Linda Clark - Artist

Scheduling time to create is a hard task! Something else always needs our attention! The time is just not there!! But to be an artist you have to do the work, right?


I’m taking an online art class and scheduling time to do the work is our assignment! I am working to allot times when I will do my painting and sketching, time for reading, studying and learning my craft, marketing, meetings, and all sorts of creative things!


I don’t know about you but often I feel it’s wrong to take time to paint. (This is my inner critic talking to me.) It is relaxing and brings me joy but should I be taking this time for myself??


The inner voice can really be mean and make you feel bad! Who do you think you are spending precious time playing? About the time you shut the voice inside up, someone will say, “I wish I had time to paint” and all those ugly thoughts come rushing back! Any body else know what I mean?


It is an ongoing struggle that artists have to fight off constantly. If we listen to our inner voice we will loose, failing to create and to use the gift God gave us. We are who we are and it is meant for us to be creative!! So I’m fighting my inner voice and making a schedule for time to play!!


This past year was an amazing year on my art journey!  My art was displayed with three very talented artists.  I love getting to know other artists and learning from them.  I also had  three of my pieces  chosen in a juried art show with many other talented artists!  It was my first time being a featured artist in a real  gallery and it was a grand experience!!  I took my first online art class and loved every minute of it, so much so I’m taking it again this year! I went to my first art workshop that  was more enjoyable than I ever would have imagined!!  I met and have become friends with  many artists from all over the United States!!   I had several commissioned pieces and already have one for this year I’m ready to dive into! So many things happened that I never would have imagined and I’m so grateful!  God has blessed me so much more than I am deserving.  This year I’m excited to see where He will lead me and I’m expecting  the unimaginable because with His guidance I know anything is possible!!!  I’m going to study and learn all I can from others, see what makes me tick and  develop my own style, following my heart and passion, painting the things I’m drawn to, where there is history and stories.  Put away my fear and challenge myself to develop my own technique, pushing boundaries and watching the magic as I take tiny steps on this journey!!  I realize the most important  thing that will help me to grow is to do the work so here goes to a great new year!!  Follow along to see where 2019 will lead!    


Happy New Year!!

One of the ideas I have this year is to try to organize my thoughts! I have them scattered everywhere!! What I mean is when I think of an idea to paint I get all excited and just have to dot them down but only to forget where  my notes are when I’m looking for them. Or, I’ll start a painting and then remember when it is too late some little something I wanted to add to it. I’m always taking pictures of things I would like to paint but never have them nearby or together when I’m painting!! So, this year I’m going to organize things into an art journal.


I think I want a three ring binder so I can add to it as I go or move things around if I need to since I’m just figuring out what all I want included inside this journal. I would like to have some lined paper so I can write down my thoughts or list some ideas of a painting but also some blank paper so I might sketch my idea for later reference. Pockets added would also be good so I might gather a few reference photos or paper clippings about the history of a building or idea. One section I would like would be quotes. I am often wanting to add a quote on facebook but can’t remember who the quote was from so I think it would be handy to keep an ongoing list of my favorites. I also like to quote from the Bible so some of my favorite Bible verses would need to be included. I don’t know how much room I would have but to have my contact list might also be a great idea. A calendar with time slots would probably be important so I will be ready for scheduling times allotted for painting and doing the work. Also, for appointments I may have with customers, framer, photographer and so forth.


I have already started jotting down a list of paintings I want to do this year on my iPad. I’ve included a description and the feeling or remembrance I’m hoping it will give. Areas I want to stress in the painting, such as the sky or the movement. I really think this will help me with my paintings. Now as soon as I get my journal I am going to transfer this list to have a hard copy to help keep myself organized and ready to paint!!


Do you do any journaling? Is there something else you think maybe I would need to add or make room for in my journal? I’m sure I have left something out!! Please share with me any thoughts you have!


I look forward to the new year and the possibilities it may bring! Happy 2019!!


So we are coming to the end of the story and the end of the small painting challenge.  Here we have the three wisemen or shall we say the Magi.  They spotted the star and knew it would lead them to the new King of the Jews.  

Matthew 2 1-12 reads ”After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Matthew 2: 19-23 Ends our story with 

“After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene”


What better time then now to pick up your Bibles and read the entire story of Jesus’ birth.  It’s a beautiful story to share during the Christmas holiday focusing on what the real reason for celebrating this special time of the year.

As we continue with the story we know that the angel Gabriel, delivered the message to Mary who was engaged to Joseph and that she was with child.  Joseph thought of leaving Mary but an angel visited him  during his sleep, telling him that it was true, Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit and would have a son who’s name would be Jesus and would save his people from sin. Joseph and Mary traveled to Joseph’s home town, Bethlehem to register in the census that Caesar Augustus had issued a decree for.  While there Mary  deliver her first born son, Jesus,  She wrapped him in cloth and layed him in a manger.  Now, while the Shepherds were in the pasture watching over their flock an angel appeared telling them not to be afraid and gave them the good news.Luke 2:8 -11 tells us ”In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people; today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.”


 Just a thought but why do you suppose the shepherds were the first to hear the good news?  Shepherds were not the rich and important.  They were just lowly people.  My thoughts are that the good news of Jesus’  was and still is for all people.  He is everyone’s savior if they choose to believe.  He is here for us while we are in our ordinary day, working or whenever we need him, just waiting for us to seek him.


The Shepherd is a 4 x 4 oil on canvas.  It is #9 of the small painting challenge, 

So as the story continues....Gabriel brought Mary the message from God that she was with child, but her  fiancé,   Joseph obviously found it hard to believe that she conceive through the Holy Spirit.  He planned to leave her but he was visited by an angel while sleeping explaining that he should believe Mary and take her for his wife and name the child, Jesus for he would save his people from sin.The Bible reads in Luke 2: 1 -7 “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register.  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”

Baby Jesus , a 4 x 4 oil on canvas board, is #8 of the 10 small painting challenge.  

Artist Roisin O’farrel challenged artist to paint 10 small paintings to keep us painting during the Christmas season.  Luscious Pink Roses was my first painting.  It is the largest of my paintings. This one is framed and sells for $250

#2 of the challenge is Old Country Church.  This one is an oil painting on  4 x 4 board.  Sells for $55 

#3 is White Country Church, it too is on a 4 x 4 canvas board.  $55

Oh Henry is my #4 painted on a 6 x 6 canvas.  This one is already SOLD!  

#5 Christmas Tree Farm is another 4 x 4 canvas board. $55

Mary, a young Jewish woman of Nazareth was engaged to be married when she was visited by Gabriel, one of God’s archangels.  In Luke 1: 26 -35 we read  “ In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”  Mary showed bravery for the most important job in history.  She was there for both Jesus’ birth and when he took his last breath.  

 Mary #8 painting of Roisin O’farrel’s Christmas Small Painting Challenge 

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