Teamwork: Art & Family

There is beauty in collaboration.

I started a series last year called ‘Teamwork’. The series celebrates art in all the ways they are expressed when combined. It celebrates the coming together of different people with different skills and abilities to produce something that moves the heart. It also celebrates the talents in my home. By the grace of God, as a ‘gifted’ writer married to a ‘gifted’ artist, we have found points of synergy in our works and the Teamwork series is an outlet for that expression. It was Teamwork when the Lord led my dear Sue Love to write a tune for words I had written. It was Teamwork when I wrote a piece for a painting my husband did for my brother as a wedding gift. It’s Teamwork when we support each other in every way possible. I love Teamwork.

To write this, I went back to see how many posts have made it into the series. Only 3!!! So much for calling it a series. Like one of those TV shows that get cut when no one is watching. My favourite of the three is the second in the series, Mrs Foinaven. I read it again and got a lift in my spirit. Check it out. I would love to add Celebrating DQ to the series as it features drawings by my daughter, another gifted member of our family. So, in total, we have 4 posts in the Teamwork Series. In that post, my dear brother, John the Eclectic Contrarian, asked to see some of my husband’s paintings. So today, I continue the series by sharing three paintings that I titled ‘Serenity’, ‘Merged in Love’ and ‘Sunset’.

As you enjoy them, let the words in scriptures below minister to your heart.

God bless you.

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‘Serenity’ – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Β And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7Β 

 

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‘Merged in Love’ – 20″ x 40″ Oil on Canvas

Two people are better than one,
because they get more done by working together.
If one falls down,
the other can help him up.
But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls,
because no one is there to help.
If two lie down together, they will be warm,
but a person alone will not be warm.
An enemy might defeat one person,
but two people together can defend themselves;
a rope that is woven of three strings is hard to break.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 

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‘Sunset’ – 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas

β€œBut for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.”

Malachi 4:2

19 thoughts on “Teamwork: Art & Family

  1. Your husband has a tremendous talent! He is the visual and you are the story or caption to that visual! Y’all are twain one flesh that truly complete each other!

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  2. Oh how this piece truly blessed my heart, as the Lord spoke to me by the wayside! I read it yesterday but because I was wide open in another spaces, so I couldn’t respond with the detail that was in my heart to do.

    Probably about 8 years ago the Lord began giving me a vision for a community enrichment center and in this particular space, the arts will be one of the core activities, helping lead people to Christ! I remember being led by the Lord to read Exodus 35 where Moses was tasked with building the tabernacle, and He revealed something very powerful, life changing, and that would prove to be a ministry catalyst for me…

    “And Moses said to the children of Israel, β€œSee, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, 32 to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. 34 β€œAnd He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaverβ€”those who do every work and those who design artistic works.”

    It was amazing seeing how the Lord had given the people special artistic gifts and talents to be used in the kingdom. As I read this, the Lord began teaching me how to use this to lead others to Him, by simply “acknowledging Him in all our ways,” and helping others discover and operate in their area(s) of God-given giftedness….

    “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…2 Timothy 1:6

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