Value Added: A Mural For Lake Providence

Meaningful, life-enhancing work is the best kind of work there is. In fact, it’s the only work that interests some of us. Perhaps it’s the only kind of work that yields long term rewards. This is the kind of work I witnessed in Lake Providence, Louisiana earlier this month.

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Lake Providence is small and located in a beautiful spot along the Mississippi River, near Arkansas and Mississippi. Last week, it was sunny and warm, mostly. Spring flowers were everywhere, and if you know me at all, you know this thrilled me! Just before we had arrived, the town had received 6 inches of rain in a single day, and many residential yards and roads were flooded. It did not seem to be much of a problem for anyone, though. No one there has basements, and they seem to be generally prepared for lots of water.

Sunset over Lake Providence

Sunset over Lake Providence

So, why did 20 or so people from Colorado spend a week in Lake Providence creating a huge mural on the side of an old building? Well, it’s a long story, so I’ll just hit a few points in this little post. Bottom line is that we have found some people we love there. These folks have had a sometimes difficult and discouraging history, being identified by Time Magazine as the “poorest place in America” in 1994, and having that label quoted again and again since then. It has also picked up the label “most unequal place in America,” though I’d be hard pressed to single out this town from all the other racially tense communities in the South.

Sometimes people seem satisfied to live with the negative aspects of their lives, but when they are ready to move on, to move toward positive change, they benefit from the support of others. I have many close relatives in the deep South, and am quite familiar with the “issues” that exist there. Yet, what I saw last week gave me renewed hope that some folks are ready to do the hard work of participating in a paradigm shift.

Southern hospitality = food!

Southern hospitality = food!

While working on the mural, we were treated like royalty in Lake Providence. The locals, black and white alike, cheered us on, fed us, showed us the beauty of their town, fed us some more, engaged us in conversation and laughter, and then fed us again! We ate at local restaurants, including a favorite among us called “My Dream Eatery,” which actually catered several meals for us as we worked.

As small as L.P. is, in a way it’s expanding its horizons as the world around it shrinks. Ease of technology and travel has made it possible for a true relationship to develop between some citizens of Loveland, Colorado and this little town far away. The pastor of my church, Jonathan Wiggins, was once employed by Providence Church in L.P., where his father in law, Don Boyett, is pastor.

During the past couple of years, Pastor Wiggins and Pastor Boyett have fostered new friendships between the members of their two churches. Quite a few folks have taken plane rides across the country- in both directions – to further those relationships. But it doesn’t stop there. Other people are reaching out from this pool of friends and including people from other churches and organizations from both Lake Providence and northern Colorado.

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“Destiny Words”

The mural is called “Destiny Words.” It was inspired by a project using “value words” by painting positive words on parking spaces in another town, which was followed by a decrease in crime and other positive trends. When Aubrey Grieser, from Colorado and now living in Lake Providence, heard about this project, she arrived at the idea of this mural. The mural speaks words of  positive change and a new identity over the town of Lake Providence. (Aubrey is the director of Love Your Community – The Delta/Lake Providence, which can be found on Facebook.)

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But, what’s “in it” for me? Each of the artists and family members went to L.P. on our own time, and our own “dime.” We raised support, and some of you readers helped me do this by purchasing paintings. Some of us have the type of work that does not pay when we are not on the job, so it cost us in this way, also. But the opportunity to be involved in something that can steer history in a positive direction, something we believe God is doing, is worth every cent and every minute. And who can put a price on a friend?

That's me, painting the mural with my good friend, Sandy.

That’s me, painting the mural with my good friend, Sandy.

I have the feeling that this is really just the beginning of what we’ll see in Lake Providence, and in this friendship. A larger group from Resurrection Fellowship will be going to Lake Providence this summer for the second annual dance camp with the kids of L.P.

If you want to read more about the relationship between Loveland and Lake Providence, here’s an article for you (just click here!) Also, here is a website created for the mural, and on-going activity that springs from the project (click here).

LP UR Loved

 

The Stuff Of Childhood: Children’s Book Illustrations

by Arthur Rackham

by Arthur Rackham

Flying carpets, pirate adventures, talking caterpillars becoming butterflies and toys that came to life – many were the hours I dreamed through the pages of books during my childhood. The teachers in my life (several friends & relatives) tell me that they can always tell which students have had books read to them at home. My parents surely read to me, and I still own many of the books I had as a young child. I read these books, and too many more to count, to my children.

by Laura Cornell

by Laura Cornell

But what would these books be without their illustrations? Being a highly visual person, it was the images that enamored me forever. When I see a Jessie Wilcox Smith painting or a Leo Lionni collage, I’m instantly back there again – in my childhood imagination. It was the pictures that left me dreaming of the cloudy land at the top of the beanstalk or the secret life inside the doll’s house.

by Beatrix Potter

by Beatrix Potter

My husband, Scott Freeman, has illustrated two children’s books, and is currently in the process of doing a third book, authored by a woman named Beth El Kurchner. He’s also working on some new books, which he will be authoring himself, in conjunction with a new website he plans to launch June 1. So, all this has me thinking about the topic, and wanting to share with you readers some of the illustrations that have captured my affections both as a child and as a parent.

by Leo Lionni

by Leo Lionni

It’s a good topic to consider with regard to re-purposing, too. After all, stories are re-told; illustrators jump at the chance to depict a classic tale. In our home, we made a study of which re-tellings and re-workings of illustrations were our favorites, and analysed every aspect of difference. Some of Scott’s upcoming works will be adaptations and new editions of classics.

So many noteworthy illustrators have caught our attention through the years that it’s almost unfair to feature particular ones, since so many will unavoidably be left out. Please understand that for each picture I show you here, there are probably a hundred or more I’d love to include.

by Chris VanAllsburg

by Chris VanAllsburg

Portrait Of A Story: The Art Of Frances Power Judd

"Goya's Best Night" by Frances Power Judd

“Goya’s Best Night” by Frances Power Judd

The best artists I know draw me into a story. Even if it’s a conceptual or abstract work, the narrative at work captures my interest. Or not, in which case, the work is uninteresting. Sometimes the story is about the medium or materials; it can even be about the history of the piece itself.

Representational art has not always been in vogue, of course. But as my friend, Fran Judd pointed out, one of the great things about being an artist today is that there is not one prevailing style that is dominating the art scene or the affections of the public. So, while materialism and the minimalism and all of those non-representational “isms” have had their day, we artists are now – finally! – free to express ourselves through any visual style we choose. Even portraits are once again an acceptable expression.

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That is good for Fran, who began painting after leaving corporate life, a mere 6 years ago. “I love painting people!” says Fran, “but I’ve never painted an actual person.” Looking around her lovely studio, I did not see a single painting, with the exception of the new abstract she recently began, that did not include a person. Each painting is unique in emotional and visual tone and coloration; each character tells a tale. Some are humorous, some dream-like, some haunting.

During November and December of last year, Fran had a show of her paintings at Artworks Studios here in Loveland. The show was a collaborative effort with poet Lynn Kincanon, who wrote poetry in response to Fran’s images. The two women also put together a book with the same title as the show, “Evocation.” The book was facilitated and assembled by local photographer Bob Campagna. The show featured dozens of portraits – all from the imagination of the artist, all painted in acrylic glazes on sandpaper.

Image from "Evocation" by Fran Judd

Image from “Evocation” by Fran Judd

I attended the opening of that show, and reflected that some of the figures reminded me of Marc Chagal, some of Emil Nolde. But mostly, I found the images transcendent, drawing me into some narrative unknown, leaving me to imagine what had happened or would happen.

"One" by Frances Power Judd

“One” by Frances Power Judd

As I talked with Fran in her studio, I could hardly imagine her as anything but a painter. Surrounded by paintings, including a floor canvas in front of the sofa, the whole room was warmed by the faces and colors I saw. Indeed, Fran was educated in art history and did not begin painting at all until she was living in Loveland. Yet painting had always been her desire.

Inspired by (no surprise here!) Gauguin, van Gogh and the Fauves, Fran began her painting career in our little town, where artists inspire and cooperate with one another every day. “I love having a studio here at Artworks. Even though it can be distracting, it’s so nice having these other artists dropping in. They are really supportive. It’s sad; several people will be leaving soon.”

The artist's studio

The artist’s studio

Even with so much going on in the arts here in town, it’s still tough to make it all work. Loveland is not yet a hot spot for art buyers, so we artists have to figure out how to support ourselves. So, while Fran is excited about the direction of her new work, she’s not sure what the details of her creative future will be.

“I really like working bigger,” says Fran of the 4″ x 5″ abstract piece she is working on. “I’m not sure it will stay abstract, but that’s what I’m trying now.” She told me of her desire to be more linear, fluid and loose – more fun, “not so serious.” Then, Fran told me how she got the large canvas, and also another one, the same size.

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“Early this year, I was in the hospital for a few days. When I got back to my studio, there were these two big canvases, with bows on them. The other artists here had gotten them for me.” She smiled as she recalled the gift that is now a part of her story, that she will use to create another visual story. And so it goes. Thanks for sharing your story, Fran!

photos of Fran Judd taken by Lee Freeman, Freeman Photography

photos of Fran Judd taken by Lee Freeman, Freeman Photography

Art Mission Trip Sale

"Waiting" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 20" x 26" on board

“Waiting” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 20″ x 26″ on board

Art sitting in my studio is not usually seen by many people, and so, I like to get it into the hands of someone who will enjoy it. When I know that one of my paintings is hanging in the home of a friend, even if I’ve only just met this person (a new friend, then) I am satisfied that it is fulfilling its intended purpose.

This spring, I have the opportunity to help make some art that has the potential to be seen by many people and to have a positive impact on an entire community. In fact, it is possible that this piece of artwork could influence multiple communities that could use some encouragement.

"Grace and Truth" worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman. 17" x 25" on board

“Grace and Truth” worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman. 17″ x 25″ on board

My husband and I plan to participate in a mission trip to a small town in the South where poverty and racial tensions have cast an oppressive shadow for generations. We will be working with citizens of the town to create a mural that features images from the positive and uplifting aspects of the community, along with a series of words like “Hope,” “Courage” and “Impact.” We will be working with a church from our hometown, as well as churches from the town which is hosting us.

"Unity - A Prayer" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 30" x 30" on canvas

“Unity – A Prayer” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 30″ x 30″ on canvas

Of course, this mural alone cannot be expected to effect the change that folks are wanting. This project is part of an on-going relationship between our 2 towns, and between numerous churches and individuals. We are all learning from and encouraging each other, because in these days of inter-connectedness, we are able to be a help to each other in greater ways than ever.

"Throne Room" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 20 1/2" x 26 1/2" on board

“Throne Room” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 20 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ on board

Over the past couple of years, there have been town soft ball games, picnics, camps for kids, and all sorts activities with a focus on building relationships and making the town a place where people can feel welcome. There have also been plenty of practical projects, like getting hundreds of kids outfitted with school supplies. And I have the feeling God’s just getting warmed up.

"Hiding Place" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 22" x 28" on canvas

“Hiding Place” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 22″ x 28″ on canvas

In order to pay my travel expenses, I am selling the paintings I have created during worship services. I’d like to say that I’m offering them at a special price, but that’s not exactly the case. I always sell these paintings at a “special” price, because if a person believes that God has reached him or her through the painting, and wants to own the painting for that reason, I want this person to have the painting. So, my prices for these pieces are “suggested.” I have taken as little as $50, and as much as twice my asking price. I tell people that what they pay for the piece is between them and God.

"Gardener" by Mollie Walker Freeman, 24" x 30" on canvas, gallery wrapped (does not need frame)

“Gardener” by Mollie Walker Freeman, 24″ x 30″ on canvas, gallery wrapped (does not need frame)

What makes this opportunity a bit different is that I am extending this offer to you, my readers, as well. I will sell any of the paintings posted here for any price between $50 and $400, provided that you ask God what you should pay. He has always provided my needs, and I trust He will continue to do so. This is my way of funding a trip to help others, so if you purchase a painting, that is what you will be contributing to. Do keep in mind that I will also need you to cover shipping costs if you do not live within driving distance of northern Colorado. (I should mention that these prices are far below my studio work, because it is painted much more quickly.)

All of the paintings in this post are unframed. Some are painted on composite board,  some are on canvas. All are done with re-purposed house paint. Sizes are noted.

If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, please send me a message by commenting, and I will answer you. Thanks!

Love + Light: Happy Valentine’s Day From Loveland

With a name like “Loveland,” you have to expect something to happen on Valentine’s Day. Artists are on every corner in this town, it seems, so naturally, we have some creative ways to celebrate this day. This “conceptual & contemporary art and light event” lands Loveland squarely in the 21st century, in my opinion, and that’s a fine thing. While I do have a deep respect for the history of our town as a world-famous sculpture center, it does my heart good to see young and innovative artists coming in and doing cool new stuff!

The first annual Love+Light show was in 2012.

The first annual Love+Light show was in 2012.

When I first came here, though, there didn’t seem to be much going on to celebrate Valentine’s Day except that there were lots of red hearts around town. The hearts were made in the image of candy ones, with cute stencils like “MWF + SF.” Then there was the re-mailing program, by which non-Lovelanders could have their Valentines stamped at our post office, so that their cards would bare our auspicious name. No big dances, parades, or romantic gathering places, really, ever drew my attention.

This lovely piece was made for the "65 Roses" show by Mary Schaefer Benke

This lovely piece was made for the “65 Roses” show by Mary Schaefer Benke

“Love + Light” (Love and Light) is fairly new on the scene. This year is the third such show, and it happens at the same time Loveland is also hosting a snow sculpture show, and a local gallery does a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis research, in which artists paint roses. “65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis,” an art show & auction run by my friend Billie Colson, has been raising money for the past several years. So, as a town, we’ve really stepped up our Valentine’s Day art game!

I wanted to show you some images from the Love + Light show because it really is unique and inspired. The artists in the show this year include my friends, Abbie Powers, G.Mark Lewis, Lynn Kincannon and Olivia Lowe. This year, we also have, all the way from Massachusetts, internationally recognized artist Chris Nelson. Nelson has created a site-specific installation.

This giant, breathing fabric piece was created by Abbie R. Powers.

This giant, breathing fabric piece was created by Abbie R. Powers.

It was my hope to publish this post on Valentine’s Day, but, alas, I spent my evening downtown, viewing and participating in the events. It was not as cold as last year, and the fire dancers and hot drinks, provided by Next Door restaurant, helped us warm up a bit. Of course, seeing lots of local artist and art-appreciating friends, and meeting a few new ones helped a lot, too. The show is open this evening for the final time, 6 – 9 p.m. Come on over!

Olivia Lowe and friends made an environment of words and windows for this year's show. Photo by Alana Brake, Lucky Brake Photography

Olivia Lowe and friends made an environment of words and windows for this year’s show. Photo by Alana Brake, Lucky Brake Photography

Introducing Our New Greeting Card Line…

Valentine’s Day is close, and I really want to re-post this post by my hubby, which features the fun and unique program of our lovely town, as well as a new line of cards we’re both doing. If you’re following Scott, too, you may have already see this one.

Art & Life Notes

Many of you know that I worked at Hallmark Cards for almost a decade before moving to Colorado to pursue a living as a fine art painter. Well, recently, after decades of creating original fine art and illustration, I realized I have lots of nice work sitting around in computer files, not doing me or anyone else any good. So Mollie and I have decided to make the best of this work available in the form of greeting cards, note cards, apparel, and other gifty stuff. Digital technology now makes it super easy and affordable to do this. If you’re a fan of our work, I hope you’ll go to our Zazzle page and check out what we’re offering to you.

We’re resurrecting a business name I was toying with when we first moved to Colorado – The Loveland Company. Originally I wanted to open a store in Loveland selling…

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New Year, New Paintings

9 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s what my phone is currently showing for my town of Loveland, Colorado! And it’s the middle of the day! (The postman, a true Coloradoan, is walking by in his shorts.) It is January, after all, so I’m not surprised or complaining. Neither am I inspired to go out to the studio to work. However, I have been able to do a few pieces elsewhere.

"Hmmm..." by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Hmmm…” by Mollie Walker Freeman

Scott and I had the privilege of giving a demonstration of our painting techniques a couple of weeks ago at the Loveland Museum Gallery here in town. It was really fun to see so many friends turn out to support us that evening! If you were there, thanks again for coming – it just would not be nearly as fun without you! We brought along our camera, so we would be able to document the event. You’re supposed to do that, you know? Unfortunately, we did not remember to shoot any photos until we got back home.

However, I thought I’d show you the painting I did that night. I have to say that I received several great suggestions during the demonstration.That is partly because many of the folks who were there are sculptors, painters, photographers or other artists. Gary Alsum, thanks for your insights! David Boyd, I added the ring at your suggestion after you left. Hope you like it!

"Living Stones" by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Living Stones” by Mollie Walker Freeman

The second piece I will show you is one I did during a church service at Resurrection Fellowship. I am calling it “Living Stones,” which you may recognize from I Peter 2:5. I wanted to paint this concept, but was not very happy with the result. But, this was a perfect example of God using something less-than-great to do great things. Several people commented afterward that the painting was truly meaningful to them, and they had their own interpretations as to the meaning of the picture. (This is why I do this, folks!)

"Waiting" by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Waiting” by Mollie Walker Freeman

The last painting in today’s post is also from a church service. I’m calling it “Waiting.” I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but the color came out very nicely in this one. There was also good feedback with this piece.  I always love hearing what others see in the images I make. I really consider myself to be just the deliverer of the art that already exists in the mind of the true Creator. Have you ever read “Walking on Water” by Madeleine L’Engle? There are all sorts of wonderful thoughts about art and artists and God in this book, and the aforementioned idea is one I first heard articulated in this book. Check it out!

It’s Show Time!

Loveland has one of the best small-town museums I’ve ever seen. The fine folks at the museum here manage to get wonderful shows featuring the likes of Salvador Dali and Francisco Goya, as well as some great contemporary artists. Imagine my delight, then, when I was asked to do a show there, along with my artist husband, Scott Freeman.

Luneburg, Germany

Luneburg, Germany

Scott and I have been painting like crazy in preparation for this show, which will be called, “Zeitgeist: Paintings Inspired By Germany.” Our studio is overflowing with canvases and containers of paint. It also smells really good, if you like that sort of smell, which I do! We’ve been cranking up the music and keeping late hours so we can put together something that will reflect the intense excitement and connection we have been enjoying ever since our sweet Klara joined our household for a year.

Mollie painting for the Germany show

Mollie painting for the Germany show

Last summer, we were able to journey to Klara’s hometown and stay with her family for 3 weeks. They and their extended family, friends and neighbors won our hearts!

There will be a couple of portraits of Klara, our German exchange student, in the show. There will also be several paintings of the German landscape, or rather, cityscapes. We saw quite a few cool, historic cathedrals. Our hosts related all sorts of history associated with the various places we visited. “Johann Sebastian Bach used to practice playing here.” “The first church in the area stood here in the 800s A.D.” And so on. Our German friends far surpassed us in their knowledge of history. We Americans can get pretty detached from such things and still graduate high school. It was really inspiring to hear people who loved their history and knew so many interesting stories.

Klara and her mom, Katrin, at the North Sea

Klara and her mom, Katrin, at the North Sea

We also were able to visit numerous art attractions, such as museums, former artist residences, and towns known for their artistic focus. The art we saw naturally caused us to want to create, and we knew we’d be coming up with a whole collection of new work after the trip.

"The Prayer of Zinzendorf" - painting by Mollie Walker Freeman, Ramelsloh Cathedral

“The Prayer of Zinzendorf” – painting by Mollie Walker Freeman, Ramelsloh Cathedral

So, if you’re in our area, please join us for our opening on November 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. We will be giving a short talk at 5:30. Or, stop by the museum any time up until February 23. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, with hours varying from day to day. Loveland Museum Gallery is located at 503 N. Lincoln, right in the heart of downtown Loveland. Check lovelandmuseumgallery.org for details.

Paper, Figures, Light: The Art of Olivia Lowe

Olivia Lowe described to me how she was inspired to turn old photos into lamps, and I wasn’t surprised to find it happened quite by accident. That’s pretty much where the best art ideas originate – from so many happy accidents. It doesn’t hurt to have a teeny-tiny budget and a lot of old “junk” lying around your studio, either.

Olivia's studio wall

Olivia’s studio wall – full of inspiration!

“I was working mostly with paper – collaging old photos and found objects. I happened to hold some photos up in front of a light, and noticed the image on the other side of the paper together with the one on the front, and said to myself, ‘aaahhhh.'”

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That was the beginning of the luminous 3 dimensional collages that became lampshades, nightlights, garden lights, and all sorts of wonderful pieces. I first saw one of Olivia’s lamps at the home of a friend. When my friend told me where Olivia lived, I realized it was a house in my neighborhood that Scott and I had considered purchasing ourselves at one time. When I walked by the house, I discovered that the creativity I saw in the lamp was reflected from every corner of the property that was now occupied by Olivia and her family. Found objects had become part of the fence, gate, and general decor of the yard. The house had an addition to the top – a sort of large dormer – that was encased in corrugated metal. And, there were garden plants and chickens, so I was pretty sure I would like these people!

A display of Olivia Lowe's garden lights

A display of Olivia Lowe’s garden lights

Over the past couple of years, I have seen Olivia’s handiwork popping up all over Loveland. Since she uses a lot of re-purposed materials (indeed, that’s nearly all she uses), I am excited to feature her and her art in this post. A few weeks ago, Olivia was part of the Loveland Maker’s Faire. I was able to watch her in action, showing her work to clients. This week, we were able to sit down over tea and share our love of collecting and re-purposing items such as fabrics, metal, and paper, especially photos.

“I find photos all over – thrift store, old books, the internet. You have to be careful; photos taken before the 1920s are copyright free. And, I’m taking a lot of my own photos now. I like using only part of an image, fitting that with other images and sort of layering.”

Olivia showing her handiwork at the Loveland Maker's Faire

Olivia showing her handiwork at the Loveland Maker’s Faire

Earlier this year, I blogged about the Loveland Garden Tour. Olivia teamed up with local artist Sharon Anhorn, with whom she has worked on several occasions. Her garden lamps, which hold candles, were popular items, and added a lovely touch to the repousse (metal) pieces of Sharon’s. I loved this garden (and the art) so much that I toured it both at the start of my tour and at the end. The delicate-looking garden lamps were delightfully distributed among the walkways and plants.

Olivia's booth

Olivia has also been an integral part of a new Loveland tradition, the Love and Light show that has graced the Feed and Grain building for the past 2 years. Her lamps seem right at home among the exposed brick walls of the old building.

Olivia's work in the first annual Love and Light show

Olivia’s work in the first annual Love and Light show

Loveland is bursting at the seams with artists, and I love it! In the 12 or so years I’ve been here, I’ve constantly been blessed to be immersed in a sea of creativity and talent. But the nicest part of all this is that these are real people, the kind you like to have for neighbors, like Sharon Anhorn and Abbie Powers and Olivia Lowe. Thanks for joining our community, Olivia!

 

New Paintings From Church Services

Can I be a bit eclectic today? There are a few tidbits on my mind…

First, I want to answer a question I am often asked. It usually goes something like this: “When you paint in a service, do you know what you will do ahead of time? Or do you wait to be inspired on the spot?” If you are familiar with more “charismatic” styles of services, this question will make sense to you, especially. It’s not uncommon for some pastors or worship leaders to be somewhat spontaneous in the context of a regular service. A song, a prayer, or even a whole sermon may be said to be “Spirit led,” and the implication is often that it was unplanned.

Mollie, painting at Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland

Mollie, painting at Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland

I want you to know that many of us Jesus followers believe that we are being led by the Spirit of God, even when we plan far ahead what we will sing, say, or create. However, what I paint in any given service may be more or less planned, or thought out, or not at all. Other artists will have slightly different answers to this query.

I think I can say that I always pray about the service, if given any notice that I will be painting. Sometimes, I have in mind a verse of scripture or a specific image. Sometimes, I have in mind more of a mood, color scheme, or general attitude. There are times when I am not at all thrilled with the outcome of my painting; sometimes these are the very paintings that seem to reach someone in a really deep way. I do not despair over the paintings, even when I am not so happy with what I have put down.

Also, the leadership (of the churches in which I have worked) seems to have an understanding that “worship painting” is an uncertain art, uncharted territory, if you will. The pastors and musicians on the various teams are extremely supportive of the artists, which I appreciate.

Now, I’ll show you a couple of new pieces. The first one, I have called,

"Yeshua, My Salvation"       "Salvation comes from the Lord" - Jonah 2:9

“Yeshua, My Salvation”  worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman        “Salvation comes from the Lord” – Jonah 2:9

“Jeshua, My Salvation.” I was thinking a lot about the names “Joshua” and “Jeshua,” and how (I’m told) they mean the same thing, “the Lord is my salvation.” I love that  Jesus’s name says that He is my salvation. I have a strong awareness of my necessity for a savior, feeling keenly that I am unable to save myself. His very name is a reminder that He’s got it covered. The lamb in the painting was a reflection on the sacrifice that He made in order to become my salvation. The Hebrew word you see is my attempt to copy the word “Jeshua.”

The second painting here was painted this past weekend (September 7, 2013). The thought behind this one is a little more vague; I was drawn to the image, which I saw in a copyright-free reference book of old artwork.

"Take Aim" worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman

“Take Aim” worship painting by Mollie Walker Freeman   “He made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in His quiver.” Isaiah 49:2