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I always thank God for my talent and ask that He show me how I can use His gift to spread the gospel. One night while sleeping it just popped into my head, God was speaking to me. “ Share MY word with your paintings”.

God uses sheep throughout the Bible symbolically as His people. A sheep lives a humble and simple life and this gives us a better understanding of how we can find joy in our life through Jesus Christ. Christians find guidance, protection, and comfort in Jesus. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was sacrificed to save us from sin and to give us eternal life with God.
So, my inspiration came to paint a series of sheep and to title each according to a bible verse. When all of this came about I was studying Jeremiah and Israel's Return Home. Thus came my first painting.

 

“Going Home”


Jeremiah 31 The Lord says, “The time is coming when I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel, and they will be my people. 2 In the desert I showed mercy to those people who had escaped death. When the people of Israel longed for rest, 3 I appeared to them[a] from far away. People of Israel, I have always loved you, so I continue to show you my constant love. 4 Once again I will rebuild you. Once again you will take up your tambourines and dance joyfully. 5 Once again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria, and those who plant them will eat what the vineyards produce. 6 Yes, the time is coming when sentries will call out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Let's go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’”

7 The Lord says,
“Sing with joy for Israel,
the greatest of the nations.
Sing your song of praise,
‘The Lord has saved his[b] people;
he has rescued all who are left.’
8 I will bring them from the north
and gather them from the ends of the earth.
The blind and the lame will come with them,
pregnant women and those about to give birth.
They will come back a great nation.
9 My people will return weeping,
praying as I lead them back.
I will guide them to streams of water,
on a smooth road where they will not stumble.
I am like a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my oldest son.”
10 The Lord says,

“Nations, listen to me
and proclaim my words on the far-off shores.
I scattered my people, but I will gather them
and guard them as a shepherd guards his flock.
11 I have set Israel's people free
and have saved them from a mighty nation.
12 They will come and sing for joy on Mount Zion
and be delighted with my gifts—
gifts of grain and wine and olive oil,
gifts of sheep and cattle.
They will be like a well-watered garden;
they will have everything they need.
13 Then the young women will dance and be happy,
and men, young and old, will rejoice.
I will comfort them and turn their mourning into joy,
their sorrow into gladness.
14 I will fill the priests with the richest food
and satisfy all the needs of my people.
I, the Lord, have spoken.”

 

“The Sheep of My Pasture”

Ezekiel 34:31
You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign LORD.'"




“I know My Sheep”


John 10:14
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me--



“They Follow Me”

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John 10:27
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.


“I am the Gate”


John 10: 7 -10
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
In biblical times a shepherd not only knows his sheep, he spends all day and night with the sheep, caring for them, leading them, protecting them and providing them with food & water. Jesus proclaims to be our shepherd and the gate to salvation.



“He Will Keep Me Safe In His Dwelling”

 

Psalm 27:5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.




“Beside The Still Waters”


Psalms 23
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Still waters flow slowly and are calm, providing a feeling of peace and joy. Our shepherd, Jesus Christ wants to walk with us, providing a security, a calmness in our lives. If only we will drink from his fountain, the Living Water we will never thirst again, for this everlasting water will nourish us, giving satisfaction and comfort.

 

 

 

"Feed My Lambs"

 

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Jesus knows that as a lamb, we are immature and weak. We will need to be continually feed by His word and taken care of as we grow spiritually into mature sheep.

 

 

 

This concludes my sheep paintings for now. I will return to them as God speaks to me. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed painting them. All my inspiration came from my dear friend Tammy from Sweck Farms of the Virginia Mountains.

Each painting is 20 x 16 and for sale. You can contact me for more information.




 


Hey friend,  I just want to share some great news with you! Dallas Jeffs, the editor of Artist Run Website highlighted my website in her blog!!  How cool is that?? Here is the link if you would like to take a look!!  I have been busy busy painting!!  I’m working on a sheep series that I hope to share with you soon!!!!  I know I’m a slacker when it comes to blogging!!  I’ll try to do better!!   My work has been exhibited in a number of galleries lately so things are great!!  Hope you are ready for a grand summer and I hope to see you soon!!  https://www.artistrunwebsite.com/blog/2980/Flowers%2C+Nature%2C+and+Still-Life%3A+The+Art+of+Linda+Clark








I'm on a roll!!  I have been super busy with my art journey!!  

 

 

February, I worked on some still life paintings with fruit for my online class with Roisin Ofarrell. 

 

 

"Pick One"

 

  

 

 

"Green Apple"



 

"Juicy"

 

 I started my new series or body of work of sheep.

 


"Going Home"


 


"I Know My Sheep"

 

 

Had a little fun with Valentine's

 

 

 

"Sweet Valentines"

 

 

 and sqoze in time to paint my daughter a birthday present

 

 

 

"Yellow Roses and Daisies"

 

 

 March started with a painting of my husband's families' homeplace 

 

 

"Oral Oakes"

 

 I continued with the Sheep.

 

 

"I Am The Gate" 

 

 

 

"Sheep of My Pasture"

 

 

I also worked on painting glass for Roisin's glass challenge. 

 

 

"Perfect Treasures"


 

"Fresh Picked"

 


I have some of my new works exhibited at Ripburger Library in Kenbridge, VA

 

 

 It  will be exhibited for about 6 weeks.  I look forward to sharing my new works and speaking with some of the high school's art students in April . 

 

 

 

"Blush"

 

 Excited my painting "Blush" made it into the "In the Garden"  juried art exhibit that will be online with the Crossroads Art Center March 29th to June 19th and displayed for exhibit at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Center in Richmond, VA from March 28th to June 19th.   

 

 

Visit https://www.lewisginter.org/ for more information 

 

and 

 

 https://www.buyrvaart.com/ to see other art exibited with Crossroads Art Center 

 

 Finishing up the month with a video of some of my new work!! 

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAWAo3UI9Ho&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 





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Pink Roses,  This painting of Pink Roses is a birthday gift for my sister. I'm working on developing a loose delicate style rose. The colors are vibrant and I'm working for something that will look real.



January has come and gone!   2019 is well on it’s way and my goal for this year is to do the work!!! I am doing just that.  I am practicing  my brush strokes and the pallet knife to develop more pleasing texture to my paintings.  


 

Pink Peony, 6 x 6 oil on canvas.  This small peony painting was more practice on the delicate petals of a flower.

 

 

I am working on compositions so the viewers eyes will flow over my paintings.  I’m  mixing colors to give my paintings more vibrancy and realism.

 

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Alone on the Shelf, 8 x 10 oil on canvas.  This is a still life painting of a pear with a very vibrant red napkin.

 

 An Apple A Day, 5  x 7 oil on canvas. Working for vibrant color on this apple.

 

Only One Left, 8 x 10 oil on canvas. On this apple painting I was working on realism.  I was working for something you could bite your teeth into.

I’m brainstorming and sketching.  I’m organizing and planning for new ways to exhibit my work and I’m still studying under Roisin O’farrel, digging deeper in the poetry of what makes me an artist.  What is my voice? 

 

 

Yellow Pear, 6 x 6 oil on canvas.

What is it that I have to say?  My passion is in vintage, history, and memories.  This is what I want to share with the world.  I want the viewer of my paintings to see little things that can trigger and bring to mind a load of precious memories of events or people.  I want the old buildings of barns, churches, houses and such to speak and tell their stories of the years gone by.  My desire is to paint a still life or piece of furniture that can put the viewer back to a memorble time.  In my landscapes of fields,  flowers or animals  I want to bring back to mind a smell or vision that gives a remincent of some of life’s greatest joys. Preserving the history of today and our ancestors for the future generations is my voice to share!

Cozy Gooseneck is a large 24 x 30 oil on canvas painting,  done with the pallet knife and brush.  I had a pink undercoat and worked to give demention in the painting and texture of the chair.

 




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!!