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Rooted

Rooted.

At the end of last year, the painting “Rooted” had found a new home. This week, I finally had the opportunity to see it in its new context and frame. By this I mean not only the spatial frame but also the picture frame. The owners happened to have this beautiful old frame that matched the picture and now it shines in new splendour in a place of honor in their reading and video room.

Rooted Acrylic Painting - SOLD
Rooted Acrylic Painting – SOLD

Rooted – fitting for Good Friday

The picture “Rooted” is very fitting for today. Today is Good Friday and we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha. His sacrifice on the cross enables us to receive forgiveness for our sins and reconciliation with the Almighty God. Jesus’ willingness to be treated as a felon is described in the Philippians’ letter:

Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names. (Phil 2:6-9 NLT)

Out of love for us, Jesus went the not at all easy way into death and into the distance from God. He himself compared this in advance with a grain of wheat:

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. (Jn 12:24 NLT)

Jesus died to bear fruit. We are this fruit. Those who follow Jesus and live rooted in Him are thus part of this fruit and contribute to Jesus’ joy.

Rooted – A Reason for Joy

The anticipation of these effects helped him to endure when he was confronted with suffering, contempt, shame and injustice.

Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebr 12:2 NLT)

Finally, a last quotation from Isaiah, where Jesus’ death was predicted in a prophetic word:

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all. (Is 53:4-6 NLT)

Jesus’ sufferings and death on the cross, sad and terrible as they are, eventually became a source of joy and peace for him and for us. He died so we could have peace with God. In this sense, I wish you all, HAPPY EASTER!

Safe in God’s Hand – Cold Wax Painting

Safe in God’s Hand – Cold Wax Painting

Pictures or sculptures, where a baby lies in a large hand have always touched me deeply and triggered a strong longing. I longed for this safety in God’s hand, but thought somewhat subconsciously that there might not be enough room for tall people like me.

In God's Hand - In Gottes Hand
In God’s Hand – In Gottes Hand

Come, let go of yourself and relax in my hand!

If we have met, you know that I am fairly tall (5′ 11″ / 1.80 m). As a result it happens quite often, that when I am in a group and I look around, I notice that the majority is much smaller. On the other hand, it happens not very often that others perceive me as weak, need, feel led to help me or put their arms around my shoulder to comfort me. Although I need this as much as most other people.

This impression I projected onto God and subconsciously had the idea that I have to always be strong, because God is busy comforting small and delicate people.

Some of you might know these sculptures where a baby lies in God’s hand, or a child puts his head in a protective hand. They have often triggered a lot of longing in me, because I somehow thought that there is not enough room in such a hand for tall people like me. Until one day God gave me this inner impression that showed me that there is certainly enough room – even for tall people like me.

 

And I have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand. Is 51:16

Consuming Fire – Acrylic Painting

Consuming Fire – Acrylic Painting

This is my second large-scale painting. It is the same size as the last one – 120 x 100 cm (48 x 40 in) on a deep edge canvas.

Two rows of poplar tress draw our eyes toward a very bright light in the middle that turns out to be a fire. Those trees that are closest to the fire are burning, but are not consumed. In the light of the fire the skyline of a city is visible and seems to float above the ground. It is the skyline of Jerusalem. Or maybe it is the heavenly Jerusalem?

One description of Yahweh, the God of the Bible, is “Consuming Fire”:

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Deut 4:24

This is also the title of the painting. In God’s presence there is no room for anything that is sinful. God’s fire consumes anything that is not holy. On the other hand, when God appears to Moses in the desert, the flames of fire seem to burn in a thorn bush but without consuming it. (Ex 3)

Consuming Fire Large scale acrylic painting
Consuming Fire – Acrylic Painting

This painting is presently exhibited at the Atrium in Bad Schallerbach. Once the exhibition is over at the end of October the painting is for sale. Contact me if you are interested. You can buy canvas prints, posters and greetings cards here.

Fall Starts Today – Aquarelle Painting – SOLD

Fall Starts Today – Aquarelle Painting

Today is the official start of Fall and Google honors it with a doodle. So this is the perfect day to post my painting called “Fall Messenger”. It is based on a photography I made years ago during a vacation in Schladming, Styria. I always loved this colorful tree in fall colors, glowing like a sun, a willow in the background, some bushes with brownish fall colors, and with a park bench beneath the trees, inviting you to sit and enjoy the surrounding mountains and beautiful scenery.

Fall Messenger Aquarelle Painting
Fall Messenger Aquarelle Painting

This painting can be seen in my current exhibition in Bad Schallerbach, Upper Austria, but has already been sold. You can buy canvas prints, posters, greeting cards and even iPhone covers here.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms are a major theme in the area where I live. Among other things a road bicycle race is named after it, as well as a public hiking event, and several buildings have “cherry blossoms” in their title. It probably isn’t difficult to guess that there are many cherry trees in this area. This year the blossoms have started early due to a mild winter and withered before the famous races and hiking event took place. The hiking even will be next Sunday.

The following watercolor painting was done during the beginning stages of blossoming at the end of March.
It shows one of my favorite spots, a parkway alley above Finklham.

Fruit Trees

Paintings Sold in 2013

In place of a real year review (which I might do at a later point), I want to share a little collage of the paintings that I painted and sold this year. Half of them were sold during the exhibition in November at the YMCA in Vienna, Austria.

It has been an extremely productive year – I painted 125 paintings, not counting exercise drawings during art academy. This is partly due to the two 30in30 Challenges that I participated in and the additional free time due to a prolonged sick leave. This is a huge increase compared to previous years!

Of these 125, I sold 16 paintings, plus one that was painted before 2013. All in all – not bad for somebody like me who is not yet doing this full-time. 🙂

2013 Sold Collage
2013 Sold Collage

Most of them were sold to personal friends. So it would be wonderful if I could sell to a larger circle of people during the next year and increase my blog audience. If you want to help me in reaching these goals, I’d very much appreciate it.

Thank you to all who started following my blog during this year!

Barbados Beach SOLD

Here is another painting based on the vacation pic of somebody else. This time it is a photo taken by my sister south of Bridgetown in Barbados. I just love this atmosphere of sun and clouds, reflected on the water, where a sailing boat is cruising lazily. Who does not dream of such a vacation?

Barbados Strand * Barbados Beach
Barbados Strand * Barbados Beach

 

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii SOLD

High time to post my recent paintings. Some of them were done several weeks ago but I was either traveling or had problems with bad photos. So, here is one painting that is based on one of my favorite photos that I brought back from a vacation in Hawaii which was a gift of many friends for my Fiftieth. A dream vacation for sure!

Lanikai Strand * Lanikai Beach * Hawaii
Lanikai Strand * Lanikai Beach * Hawaii

Vineyards in Lower Austria – SOLD

This is another painting based on somebody’s favorite vacation picture. Sabine who is from Lower Austria but lives now in Styria wrote:

My family organizes each year a family hiking day. This time we chose the area around Hollenburg. We hiked through the vineyards on a roundabout way to the lookout near restaurant “Lumpazibräu”. On the hike were several great vantage points, two of them with a beautiful view of the Danube. For us these photos are beautiful memories of a beautiful day, and for me a piece of my old home region to take with me to my new home region.”

Even if these place names don’t tell you much, you can see that this is a beautiful area near Krems in Lower Austria.
Weinberge in Niederösterreich * Vineyards in Lower Austria
Weinberge in Niederösterreich * Vineyards in Lower Austria

Bonamargy Friary, Ireland SOLD

After a short break I am back to posting. I was busy packing, traveling and regenerating after the travel.

The following painting was already done before the trip. It shows the wrought iron gate of the Bonamargy Friary in Ballycastle, Ireland. The old trees and the gate are lit up from behind by the sun. In the shade there are some steps leading up to the top of the wall, but I don’t know what their function was.

Abbey Pforte, Nordirland * Friary Gate, Northern Ireland
Abbey Pforte, Nordirland * Friary Gate, Northern Ireland

San Gimignano, Italy SOLD

This painting of San Gimignano, Italy, is based on the favorite photo of friends. Roland provided the following story with it:

My wife and I have undertaken several short trips for our wedding anniversary. For our Silver Wedding (25th anniversary) we had planned to spend a week in the Toscana. This would have been in September 2011.

However, my wife started to work again in this very month and therefore the trip had to wait for another year. Or to be exact, a year and three days.

The trip was fairly difficult but eventually we arrived just in time to take our dinner at the main square of San Gimignano (which was only 5 Kilometer from our hotel). After our dinner we took this picture on the town wall.

Wow – a truly memorable day! The day is nearly over and very little daylight remains in the sky. Two towers reach into the nearly night sky. In the foreground most is already in darkness but two round lamps illuminate several interesting details – the walls of houses, a stair case, a tree and a balcony, probably with ironwork banister. The display of light and shadows makes for a very interesting picture.

San Gimignano, Italien * Italy
San Gimignano, Italien * Italy