A Tale Of Two Christmas Paintings

“How long did that take you to paint?” I am often asked this question. Even a painting done in public, during a specified time period, may take more time than it would seem.  I have watched numerous painters working in public who begin the work in their studios, and merely take the work-in-progress with them to the gig and paint a little while there. Usually, the piece is not yet complete when the event is over, so the painting is then taken back to the studio to finish.

painting at x-mas tea

While I do prepare a canvas or board ahead of time, usually with many layers of textured paint, I always aim to finish each piece during the allotted time, so that the audience has the opportunity to see the finished work. Sometimes, someone wants to purchase the finished product, and this usually works out just fine for me. Occasionally, this is not the result. Sometimes, the painting needs just a bit more time. At times, I step back from the picture I have created and see that standing so close has caused me to make an unpleasant drawing error. And, there are times when it’s worse than that.

A couple of weeks ago, I painted for a local holiday gathering. I began with an image of the 3 wise men, situated in a darkened landscape. The famous star was hanging expectantly in the night sky. It was lovely, just the way it was. But the plan was for me to turn the canvas (making it verticle) and then paint the Madonna and Child. I had a good reference and an hour of painting time, so I was optimistic. An hour is longer than I usually have, and I often have just half that amount, so I wasn’t worried.

Those of you who have performed on stage in any capacity know that things happen, things you do not expect, and “the show must go on!” The ladies were late wandering into the room and seating themselves, so the hostess wanted to delay the start of the program. It would be a shame for anyone to miss anything, right? I still wasn’t worried.

With only 45 minutes left to paint,I began. I had trouble pretty much the entire time. I could not seem to get the colors I wanted. The reference was too small, and the details were hard to interpret. Still, I thought I had done okay, and the painting was sold. Half of the money from the sale went to a charitible cause, so I was happy. Until I saw the photo later that day.

"Star of Bethlehem"- painted during service at Resurrection Fellowship by Mollie Walker Freeman

I realized that the drawing was not awesome; I felt terrible about having sold a piece that should have been better executed. I thought about contacting the new owner to see if I could take the painting back and “fix it up.” Yet, this is one of the reasons I charge much less for a painting I do on stage – I spend much less time on it, and it’s not the same kind of piece on which I spend days or weeks. It left me wondering if I should give up live painting altogether…

Fortunately, the season is busy, and I didn’t have time to ponder this too much. I was “back in the saddle” the next  weekend. I had in mind to paint the night scene with the three kings again, but it just didn’t feel right. When the service began, I still didn’t know what I would do. A woman had talked with me just before the service, and had prayed that God would inspire me.

I began with a sort of glowing, round light, as from a street lamp. I was using a technique in which I use pieces of paper, adhering them to the canvas with paint, creating a nice texture. I began to afix triangular pieces, arranging them around the circle of light. It became a large star, and I liked the end result quite a bit. In fact, my husband also liked it, and it became our Christmas card for this year (sort of). We actually decided to make bookmarks to enclose with our annual holiday letters. We were really running short on time, so this was a way of simplifying. And, we thought some people would appreciate something they could use to mark a book.

x-mas letters & bookmarks

Perhaps, in the near future, no one will send paper anything any more. But as long as paper cards are sent at Christmas time, I suppose we two artists will continue to send them. I’m happy that at least one of my Christmas paintings could bring a little cheer. If you are the owner of the other one, just send me a message if the drawing starts to bother you, and we can work something out. I can’t give you a refund, though. The money is already spent.

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Human Beings Are A Fine Subject Matter

The human face is probably depicted more often in art than just about any other subject matter, don’t you think? I haven’t actually counted. But, think of the early drawings of any child. A gigantic face, usually featuring eyes and mouth, sometimes a nose and legs, and /or arms. Hair is optional. Even a 7 or 8 year old will often draw family members and pictures of himself more often than just about anything (except for maybe robots or Spiderman). Although, I once had a 4-year-old son who drew nothing but cellos for months…but that’s another story!

Mother's Day card by Lee Freeman

Mother’s Day card by Lee Freeman

 

"Portrait of Dmitry V. Golitsyn" by George Dawe, circa 1825

“Portrait of Dmitry V. Golitsyn” by George Dawe, circa 1825

The earliest cave paintings and such depict animals and hunters. Early iconic church art usually focuses on Madonna and Child, saints, and Biblical figures. Greek statues of people, often mythical characters, are well-know. Later, portraits were painted of wealthy and powerful people. Following that was a time when some artists took to the portrayal of “ordinary” citizens – soldiers, field workers, family members,etc. Impressionists such as Georges Seurat and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted people “out and about,” as well as portraits. 20th century and contemporary sculptors from every corner of the world have made bazillions of pieces inspired by humanity. Even abstract expressionists such as Willem de Kooning painted people.

One of the dolls I made

One of the dolls I made

Humans, then, are a natural subject matter for art. When I was growing up, I was never a “girly-girl,” particularly. But strangely, I did love dolls. I collected more dolls as I grew older, and as an adult. I did not play with dolls in the “normal” way, however. I treated them more as aesthetic objects – art, I suppose. Eventually, I made a few dolls. I still have them around my house, and it makes me smile when I see one I especially like. To me, this fascination with dolls is somehow related to humans as artistic subject matter.

"Renee at Rest" by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Renee at Rest” by Mollie Walker Freeman

My husband and I often say, “Life is about relationship.” Relationships with people, messy as they can be, make life what it is, for better or worse. We long for those satisfying connections of companionship, intimacy, and understanding that can seem so illusive. We study our fellow humans to discover if a meaningful connection may be possible, and to discover why someone is charismatic or intriguing. Sometimes we are utterly disappointed by someone who seemed attractive; other times, we are pleasantly surprised to learn of beautiful qualities in a person once discounted as uninteresting. When fun or poignant interactions with others unfold, our lives are brighter and our experience deeper.

Kid art 2bl

Although I am not the most gifted painter of people, they remain one of my favorite subjects, both as a painter, and as an art appreciator. Human nature is a funny and interesting thing.

3 Favorite Painters

It’s so tough to choose only 3! There are SO many painters out there in the big world, and to tell the truth, most of them don’t really turn my head. Yet, it’s not easy to pin-point what, exactly, does get my attention. A color, a brushstroke, a feeling of light or expression – what is it?

Emil Nolde - watercolor

Emil Nolde – watercolor

Over the years, several painters have come to be my favorites. The first one to capture my artistic heart was Gauguin. I think it was the figures and playful use of color that I noticed. In college, I was enamored of Monet, like so many art students. But he never really garnered my appreciation until I saw the Waterlily paintings (2 of them, at least) in person. I was awestruck! This was partly because I had been trying to paint landscapes that year, and it was just so darned difficult to get what I wanted! But Monet – well, what can I say? The marks looked so careless, and somehow, an image emerged. And a lovely image, too.

Wolf Kahn landscape

Wolf Kahn landscape

Years after I finally finished art school, I found Wolf Kahn. I fell in love with his pastels, a medium I never expected to like so much. Kahn had a way of working from life, infusing his own vision and color sense, and making the whole seem

Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn

plausible, but more fun. His landscapes always seemed to be enfolding me in a brilliant mist. And, he seemed the perfect editor. For really the first time, I sought to emulate another artist (Kahn) in some way. Well. it may not seem at all obvious just how this artist influenced my work. I simply know that I was looking at his pictures and thinking about them for years as I worked.

More recently, I have taken a closer look at the works of Gustav Klimt. Famous for “The Kiss,” Klimt used many haunting figures and plenty of gold leaf and patterns, as well as his very own stylized perspective. His images seem narrative, yet not in an obvious fashion. I began to borrow some elements for my own paintings, deciding that some of his devices would work well for communicating the spiritual themes that come up in my own work. Besides, I’m attracted to the swirls, patterns, and sparkles.

"Hygieia" Gustav Klimt

“Hygieia” Gustav Klimt

 

"Tree of Life" Gustav Klimt

“Tree of Life” Gustav Klimt

Last, we come to Nolde. Though I studied his work briefly, and liked some of what I saw, going to Germany and seeing his studio and garden changed my life! The watercolors I saw were luscious – you cannot possibly feel the impact from the photos. I purchased a book of his “Unpainted Pictures.” I don’t think I will ever tire of looking at them. His life story, what I have heard of it anyway, is also fascinating.

Nolde seascape, watercolor

Nolde seascape, watercolor

So, I will end with that for today. I hope to interview a couple of my artist neighbors in the coming weeks, both of whom use re-purposed materials extensively. Can’t wait to visit them!

“What’s Your Style?”

Have you ever been asked this question? As as artist, I am often asked what my painting style is, or to somehow categorize what I do. Or, many times, someone will do it for me. A surprising number of people have said to me, “Your style is very impressionistic.”

I’m honestly not sure how to describe what I do in terms of style. One thing is sure: it has changed over the years. I loved abstract paintings even as a teenager, but I did not even pursue a painting major at first. I chose a ceramics major. Clay, kilns, all-night parties (with food!) while a raku or gas firing happened – all of this appealed to me. But I kept making flat things and painting on them, and never did well in that department. At the suggestion of a professor, I changed my major to painting.

Mollie Walker Freeman - Self Portrait from the 1980s

Mollie Walker Freeman – Self Portrait from the 1980s

Once in the department, I became familiar with the materials, even as a “style” eluded me. Some students seemed so confident! Their paintings were bold and sure, yet usually unimpressive to me. It seemed as though there were a lot of grey and black paintings in the department. Most of what I saw struck me about the same way my used palette did: a little bit interesting, if accidental. That’s not to say there were no good painters at the Kansas City Art Institute.  Just no one I really wanted to emulate at the time. I couldn’t figure out what I was after, exactly.

Wilbur Niewald, my illustrious painting professor

Wilbur Niewald, my illustrious painting professor

I found it ironic, in view of my inclination toward abstract painting, that I ended up with the professor who was most know for “realistic” painting: Wilbur Niewald. What I came to understand was that abstract painting is a whole lot better when the painter has a visual understanding of whatever is being represented, or visually referenced. Wilbur was not really a “realist,” but more of a “representational” painter. His pictures included figures, still lifes, landscapes and cityscapes, mostly. He, more than any other single person, taught me how to see. Really seeing makes a better painter, whatever the “style.”

Wilbur often painted the Kansas City skyline. This is one of his paintings.

Wilbur often painted the Kansas City skyline. This is one of his paintings.

I finished my painting degree when I had 2 small children at home, and I was pretty fully consumed with raising them and the 3 more children I went on to have. Ten years later, I picked up my brushes again. Guess what? My painting had changed again, even though I had not been painting at all.

"Called" Oil on canvas, by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Called” Oil on canvas, by Mollie Walker Freeman

 

As I have continued to paint, my interests have shifted, and my physical approach my materials has evolved. How else could I end up using re-purposed house paint almost exclusively? I do love oils, but there’s just something about house paint. I love the way it loads up a brush, the way it drips, the different effects of the various finishes.

"Monarchy" a portrait of Dali in re-purposed house paint

“Monarchy” a portrait of Dali in re-purposed house paint, by Mollie Walker Freeman

So what is my style? You tell me. In the art world, we sometimes say or write a whole lot of words that say essentially nothing. I usually will say that my style is “contemporary,” which means very little. Maybe I’m associating my painting style with dance, in which “contemporary” combines some of the best elements from ballet, jazz, and other techniques with elements that are altogether new, often inspired by contemporary music. That works for me.

A Ready Model

Finding  the right model for a painting can be a challenge for a painter. In art school, we never had much of a choice. That said, both Scott and I ended up with some nice drawings and paintings; so it wasn’t all bad. Scott did a fun post about those experiences, which I guarantee to be much more entertaining than anything I will ever write. Click here to read that post.

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“Leap of Faith” by Mollie Walker Freeman, model: Joel Freeman

A nice thing has happened in the past several years with regard to models in our life: we had children, and they grew up. Even as children, our kids were sometimes asked to model for us. But, it sounds like more fun than it actually turns into, for a kid. Sitting still-ridiculously still- for hours while breathing oil paint and listening to old people’s music is rarely worth the $5 Mom and Dad pay at the end of the day.

"Growing Season" by Scott Freeman, model: Sierra Freeman

“Growing Season” by Scott Freeman, model: Sierra Freeman

But, once they were teens, our kids could pass for either younger kids or adults in paintings (which made them extremely versatile). A few extra dollars and a chance at celebrity, no matter how slim, was enough to persuade a teenager to try the modeling thing again.

"Calm Before The Storm" by Scott Freeman, model, Sierra's friend, Sarah

“Calm Before The Storm” by Scott Freeman, model, Sierra’s friend, Sarah

Also, our children’s friends were sometimes offered a modeling job. My daughter and her 2 friends became the subjects of my husband’s book illustrations (“Naomi’s Gift.”) My son, Lee, ended up posing as a character in the same book.

"Day of Rest" by Mollie Walker Freeman, model: Renee Freeman

“Day of Rest” by Mollie Walker Freeman, model: Renee Freeman

The paintings posted here all make use of our children and their friends as models. There are many more, as well, some of which will probably make it into future posts. The most recent one of Renee was just finished last week, and will hang in our up-coming show at the Loveland Museum and Gallery in November 2013. The photo is a snapshot, since I’ve not yet been able to have it professionally photographed.

So thanks, kids!

HotSpot of Creativity (or Just A Dump?)- The Art Studio

Back in 1998, Scott & I were living in a cute 2 story brick house in a not-so-nice neighborhood in the city. We were in the thick of raising small children, and we hadn’t spent much time on our fine art “careers” in years. But then, something amazing and wonderful happened.

The smaller room of our current studio

The smaller room of our current studio

For whatever reason, we both were secretly inspired to pick up our brushes again; and without a word to each other, we began to conceive new pieces of art, new paintings. Well, it wasn’t long before word was out. About the next thing I remember was the 2 of us setting up to paint in our dining room, the smell of paints and turpentine wafting through our domestic spaces as we stepped around easels and such.

With 7 of us using that room for eating, school work (our kids were home schooled at the time), and general family time, there really wasn’t room for art to unfold in an ideal manner. But, we were so excited to just be painting again that we overlooked the inconvenience, for the most part. Still, we were dreaming of a real studio space.

Once an unremarkable color, the studio is now orange, which makes it easier for guests to find.

Once an unremarkable color, the studio is now orange, which makes it easier for guests to find.

We were drawn to our current home for that reason: the studio! It was not a studio when we first saw it, though. It had been a garage which would actually hold 5 vehicles- 3 across the south end, and 2, end-to-end, on the north. Since we also have a 2-car garage, and we positively knew we’d never have 7, we felt free to convert the space to an awesome studio and storage shed.

Did I mention the mess?

Did I mention the mess?

Just walking into this space makes me feel like a real artist. It smells of art supplies. There are canvases and paint and messes everywhere (usually). This is part of its beauty: we don’t have to clean up during a project. And although we’ve used this building for everything from slumber parties to Thanksgiving dinner, it’s usually too full of art stuff to use it for anything else.

My latest worship service painting- this is not a great photo, and it's not typical of my usual "style." Still, I kinda like it.

My latest worship service painting- this is not a great photo, and it’s not typical of my usual “style.” Still, I kinda like it.

Another lovely thing about having this studio is that it’s separate from the house. One of us can go out there, crank the music, and be free. No worries about the smell of the paints, the clutter, the noise, or the crazy dancing that might happen!

I thank God regularly for our art studio. I seriously don’t know what we’d do without it.

Together- Why The Church Needs Art

Let me first be clear- this is my opinion. Because my husband is also an artist, he and I have had this discussion on more than one occasion. “People don’t need art,” he will say. “People need plumbers and teachers, food and cars, but not art.” My opinion is that people need art, or rather, any people group cannot sustain itself without art. It’s an interesting topic to which there may be no definitive answer; but this post is actually about a slightly narrower topic.

"Together- the Prayers of the Churches" worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman. The different colors represent different churches, and the smoke is the Biblical idea of incense representing prayer.

“Together- the Prayers of the Churches” worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman. The different colors represent different churches, and the smoke is the Biblical idea of incense representing prayer.

I think that the church needs art, perhaps now more than ever, if we really want to reach the spirits of the people who set foot in our buildings, as well as those we touch in the community at large. We could debate the word “need.” However, if you are familiar with the Biblical idea of “the body” (the church universal), you will remember that each part is considered essential- eyes, hands, head- you get the idea. Along with this idea is the recognition that each person is given certain “gifts” by God, and that each gift can be used for the benefit of other people. Each is important.

What may be less obvious is that the first spiritual gift actually mentioned in the Bible is during the construction of the first tabernacle, when God enables Bezalel to make all sorts of things from bronze and other materials. He was the first mentioned artist, which I think is really cool!

Now, we have music and art in churches, and this is certainly not new. What is new is that we humans are overwhelmed with input via media and technology. One result of this is that when you take the average person, especially one who is not particularly inclined to sit and listen to someone stand on a platform and talk about anything for any length of time, and expect him to engage with a long church sermon, his eyes are apt to glaze over.

I know this first hand because, although I am interested, indeed, in nearly every potential sermon topic, my eyes are also apt to glaze over. I’m tired, sleepy even, and I’ve already been inundated with media, no matter what the time of day.

"Grace and Truth" worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman. Done at Resurrection Fellowship during a service with a teaching about grace and truth, from the book of Revelation, by Pastor Jonathan Wiggins

“Grace and Truth” worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman. Done at Resurrection Fellowship during a service with a teaching about grace and truth, from the book of Revelation, by Pastor Jonathan Wiggins

Art has the ability to reach past the language (intellectual) part of the brain and go straight to the soul. And it is truly amazing what people tell me and other artists who serve in churches about what they “see” in the pieces of artwork. (This happens with music and dance, as well.) Sometimes, the artwork can set off a whole chain of thought that can bring about forgiveness or healing of some kind or peace about a situation. My firm belief is that it is God who is directing this phenomenon.

The 2 paintings I’m posting today are very recent (one from this weekend). Numerous conversations resulted from these works, valuable interactions. Ultimately, church is all about relationships. I think art makes possible communication and relationship on a deeper level.

Do you have experience with art that is spiritual in nature? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Re-Purposed Images (Copies)

As a child, I often heard people criticized for “copying” or “stealing” someone else’s idea. Then I went to art school and found out that artists copy work all the time. In fact, it’s a long-standing tradition, often a way of studying the work of a master, and usually considered a compliment.

"Lamentation" After Durer by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Lamentation” After Durer by Mollie Walker Freeman

Now, famous and not-so-famous artwork can be found on everything from coffee mugs to calendars to pet sweaters. Then there are the ubiquitous “memes” all over the internet. It’s not all bad; but that’s not really what I’m talking about here.

In school, students of the Kansas City Art Institute, such as myself, were encouraged to visit the nearby Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and draw from original works that hung there. As a teenage art student, I thought this was a “stupid” exercise. To my surprise, I found myself thinking for months and years of the images I had studied. I had, indeed, learned more than I had expected.

This Durer print was inspiration for a piece I did for a Holy Week exhibit at Grace Place church.

This Durer print was inspiration for a piece I did for a Holy Week exhibit at Grace Place church.

I discovered that well-known painters I respected copied works of artists either more mature or sometimes contemporary with themselves. Then, I made another discovery: many famous artists have actually copied the work of children. My husband, Scott Freeman, wrote a cool post about this recently. Click here to read Art and Life Notes “My Five-Year-Old Could’ve Done That.”

Michelangelo's Daniel, Scott's version, attempting to identify Daniel as Jewish

Michelangelo’s Daniel, Scott’s version, attempting to identify Daniel as Jewish

So, today I’d like to share a couple of little paintings Scott and I have done, and the original images which inspired them. We have all sorts of these around our studio, so there will be more to come.

Portrait of Emile Nolde from the museum that was his home in Germany

Portrait of Emile Nolde from the museum that was his home in Germany

 

Also, in November, we are planning a show at the Loveland Art Museum which will feature work inspired by our recent travels in Germany. Some of this work includes paintings based on the small watercolors of Emile Nolde. I fell in love with this series of works by Nolde when we saw the originals at his home/studio in northern Germany. I’ll have to do a whole post, at least, on Nolde and his work.

Mollie & Scott in Nolde's garden, summer 2012

Mollie & Scott in Nolde’s garden, summer 2012

Transformations: Making Loveland Better With Art

It’s that time of year again. So hot. Once Independence Day passes, I’m just holding on till the cool breezes of September come. It’s not exactly the time I’d choose to work outdoors; yet here I am again, painting a transformer (electrical) box for the City of Loveland. It’s such a nice project that I can’t help applying each spring (when it’s still pretty cool outdoors).

Mollie painting her first transformer box 2011

Mollie painting her first transformer box 2010

In Loveland, the city hires artists to paint the electrical boxes that are plentiful these days wherever people live. Honestly, if I had a great big, dull army green, metal box in my front yard, I’d want to do something to make it a little more attractive. Why not turn it into art? The bonus is that these boxes are much less likely to be vandalized, and that makes the power company happy. They actually spend less on hiring artists than they do on repairs from vandalism in some towns.

And with that, I have to mention that Loveland is not the only place these colorful boxes can be found. Scott & I even saw at least one in Germany last summer. Every local program varies a bit as to the application process, payment, and other details. Here, there’s a reception at the end of the summer to celebrate the newly painted boxes, as well as the ones that are still being enjoyed from previous years.

cherry pie themed box by Scott Freeman 2011

cherry pie themed box by Scott Freeman 2011

I love it when something positive and fun replaces something ordinary, boring, or ugly. This is certainly a function of art. I’ve seen a lot of fine art that could not be considered “fun,” or even “positive.” In this case, I love that everyone has the opportunity to experience the transformer box art, not only those who make it out to the art galleries. And for that to really happen, it helps that this art is on the lighter side. I’ve heard a lot of great feedback from all sorts of citizens, many of whom never set foot in an art venue.

Scott painting "Designersaurs" 2012

Scott painting “Designersaurs” 2012

Once you become aware of the Transformation Project and similar ones around the country and the globe, I bet you’ll start noticing them everywhere. When you do, you can remember that some artist spent many hours in the summer heat so that you could enjoy the electrical box art.

Mollie painting on her garden-themed box last summer

Mollie painting on her garden-themed box last summer

A Different Expression: Art as Worship

For those of you who grew up attending traditional Christian churches like I did, and if you haven’t been back to church in a while, I have to tell you that things have changed. Of course, there are churches where things look and feel much the same as when I was a child in the 1960’s and 70’s. But, there’s more.

Risen Jesus, painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

Risen Jesus, painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

More diversity is the first thing that comes to mind. There are “traditional” services offered in some churches; but there are also “contemporary” styles of worship. There are Sunday morning church services; but you may also attend a regular service on a Saturday evening, Friday, or even such strange times as Wednesday or Thursday evening. You can go to a church building, watch on T.V., or live stream via internet. Church buildings may look traditional, or may be “Butler buildings,” coffee shops, or something else.

My favorite part of this diversity is the variation of expression in worship. When my kids were little, we became involved with a dance school near Kansas City that was all about dance as worship. Dance had been frowned upon for a long time, in general, by certain church populations, and it was exciting to be a part of a sort of new wave of artistic expression that was slowly being re-examined by Jesus-followers.

Jerusalem, painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

Jerusalem, painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

Now, it’s not uncommon to see dance in a church, especially a contemporary style. Music still has a prominent role, which I love. It’s also becoming more typical to see visual art displayed in a church. A few churches also include visual art and painting as a part of a worship service. This is a relatively new phenomenon, and sometimes it can add a lot, I think, to the worship experience. All of the work you see in this post was painted during worship services.

Spirit/Doves, painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

Spirit/Doves, painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

I am a part of a large church here in Loveland, Resurrection Fellowship, also known as “Rez.” I was asked to come and paint during a conference a little over 2 years ago, and my husband, Scott painted a choreographed piece for the Easter services a few years ago. Since those humble beginnings, Rez has reached the point of including painting and visual art in nearly every service! I am blessed to be part of a whole, awesome team of artists who serve in this way regularly. Rez has also hosted a few special events, such as art shows, that showcase visual art. Thanks, Rez! (Special thanks to Pastor Jonathan Wiggins, Pastor Kaitlyn Scott, Pastor Diane Blanco, and Jorie Henderson.)

Worship paintings from Convergence conference & Heaven Fest, currently on display at Grace Place Church in Berthoud, Colorado

Worship paintings from Convergence conference & Heaven Fest, currently on display at Grace Place Church in Berthoud, Colorado

The New Jerusalem, painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

The New Jerusalem, painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

My preferred method of re-purposing paints and materials for art works really well for me in this context. There are also other artists who use re-purposed materials for this type of art; but for today, I’m just posting my own paintings, simply because I have not yet taken photos of the others’ work. As always, more to come…