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After I painted Peggys Cove Lighthouse, I decided to work on Yaquina Head Lighthouse next.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse is located on the Oregon coast.

In 2008, my husband and I took a trip down the coast of Oregon and stopped to photograph most of the lighthouses along the coast. We were not able to go inside this majestic beauty but we did spend some time exploring the tide pools that are at the bottom of the cliff in the foreground of this painting.

I painted from a photo that was taken on an overcast morning. Just as we were leaving, a little stripe of blue appeared on the horizon way out over the Pacific. Overcast weather and clouds make photos and paintings more interesting and provide depth of field for the eye to wander.

 

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Earlier this year I finally picked up a brush again.

I painted three small 8 x 10 canvases using acrylic.

My first was Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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I painted from a photo that I had taken back in 2009.

The day my dad and I visited Peggy’s Cove in 2009, it had been very overcast. All. Day. Long.  The sky was cloudy and the light was low and all day as we wandered and scrambled over rocks I prayed for some blue sky to show through. Every once in a while we were teased with a tiny spot of blue here and there.

We stayed so long we decided to eat dinner at the restaurant right across the parking lot from the lighthouse. As we savored our dinner the sun set and did not disappoint. We finished dinner just in time to snap a few good sunset photos.

My parents have since been back to visit it and the old lighthouse has had a facelift in the form of a new paint job so it no longer has the patches of peeling paint that you see here.

So there you have it, the backstory of this painting.

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  • DanielleNovember 4, 2015 - 1:14 PM

    Sharon this is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent!ReplyCancel

    • SharonNovember 9, 2015 - 11:52 AM

      Thank you dear friend. I appreciate your encouraging words.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie SimonidesNovember 11, 2015 - 10:32 PM

    So enjoying your lighthouses. You have a special gift. Your shadings are perfect. Those paint patches actually gave your lighthouse more interest. I’m kind of glad they were there!
    May the Lord continue to bless you and your creative talent. Thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

    • SharonJanuary 5, 2016 - 11:05 AM

      Thanks Dottie! I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment until recently. I stayed off the site over the holiday season. Hugs to you!ReplyCancel

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There is a song that has been on repeat in my head for a few days now.

“Depth of Mercy” as recorded by Selah. (If you want to go listen to it by clicking the link; pause my website music by clicking on the pause button in the top right corner of my header.)

Depth of mercy, can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God His wrath forbear me
The chief of sinners, spare?

Heaven find me on my knees
Hear my soul’s impassioned plea
Depth of mercy, can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?

Now incline me to repent
Let me now my sins lament
Deeply my revolt deplore
Weep, believe and sin no more

Heaven find me on my knees
Hear my soul’s impassioned plea
Depth of mercy, can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?

Heaven find me on my knees
Hear my soul’s impassioned plea
Depth of mercy, can there be
Mercy still reserved, mercy still reserved
Mercy still reserved for me?

These words were written by Tony W. Woods and Chad Robert Cates.

As I researched it a bit I have found that much of the lyrics were borrowed from Charles Wesley.

(Which now makes sense why I like the vivid and moving lyrics.)

The word depth makes me think of many things.

It makes me think of the depth of the Grand Canyon.

It makes me think of the depth of the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

It makes me think of the depth of space; of the night sky above our heads that goes on forever.

On Sunday morning while I was pondering “depth of mercy,” God brought another facet of depth to my mind. Our worship team sang through their two songs with the worship band and without a bass singer and then they did an “extra” song and my friend Dave joined the group. The third song was sung a cappella and his rich bass voice added depth to the third song that had not been there for the first two songs.

God brought to mind an illustration of this depth of mercy.

Have you ever sat near the crashing waves on the beach and dug a hole in the sand?

As you dig, at some point there appears water at the bottom and no matter how deep you try to dig, there is always water filling the bottom of the hole.

THAT is like God’s mercy.

No matter how deep a hole we dig for ourselves, God’s mercy is always there to meet it. Whether it is a hole we dug or one someone else digs for us and we get stuck in it, God’s mercy is always there filling the bottom of the hole.

Do you need to sink into the depth of God’s mercy today?

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Plumeria-3

I know.

“Part 7” Seems like overkill.

I was about to publish a post about the paintings I did this past spring and it just didn’t seem right to leave a huge gap in the story.

After the Relevant 2010, hearing Ann equate being creative to worshipping God, I went home and wrote an article about wanting to paint but fearing the mess I would make since I had not done it in eighteen years.  It ended up published on (in)courage in July 2011, just as my husband resigned from the pastorate and we hit the road for a much needed vacation. I had no idea the article had been published.

I figured I had better get painting if I am going to publish words like that for all to see!

I began working on a watercolor of plumeria from a photo I had taken at the Crocodile Farm in Davao City, Philippines. It took me several months to finish because I started it during a time when our lives were in flux. Since my husband resigned, we had to find a new home to live in and God needed to give him a new job.

The watercolor was finally finished in our new home and I wrote about it in June of 2012.

While I was painting, Holley was writing.

Holley Gerth read the article on in(courage), and even commented that she was working on writing a book just then and was currently working on a chapter about fear. Holley ended up including my words in her book You’re Made for a God-sized Dream, which was published in March of 2013.

I put way the paint brushes.

While attending Allume in October of 2013, I picked up a copy of Holley’s new book.

I did not read it right away.

I didn’t discover my words in Holley’s book until January 2014.

You can read that whole story here. Reading my words in her book served as a reminder that I had  dropped the ball. I had not followed through. I had done ONE PAINTING and stopped.

After reading my words published again for all to see, I started sketching with a pencil again. (I included those pencil drawings in Part 5.)

It wasn’t until spring of 2015, this year, that I actually picked up a brush again.

*This is where I am going to conclude my “Art Journey” series. As promised, I will review a few books that encouraged me along over the course of the last few years. However, I feel like this story only goes forward from here starting with the three paintings I did this spring. Which I will post about soon! So don’t miss out on the next part! If you haven’t already and you don’t already get my posts delivered to you by email, sign up right up there in the box labeled “Keep up with my Hike”.

Thanks to all of you who are following along and faithfully reading.

Is there anything you need to get back to doing? Anything you started that you need to finish or pick back up again? Tell me about it in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it!

If you have missed the beginning of this story you can read it by clicking the links below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

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  • LisaOctober 28, 2015 - 10:09 AM

    Thanks for keeping it real! Life is all about seasons…some of our seasons don’t include our passions but some do. Sounds like your headed toward a creative season. Enjoy it and celebrate every moment that the brush is in your hands. What an amazing talent! Love you!xxReplyCancel

    • SharonOctober 28, 2015 - 10:49 AM

      Thanks for hiking through life with me.
      I hope I am headed into a creative season. I am sick of the doldrums, creatively speaking.
      I need to get my studio cleaned up so I have space to paint!ReplyCancel

 

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That is me and Melissa Michaels and Ann Voskamp at Relevant in 2010.  (Back before either of them had officially released a published book. Melissa has two out now and I’ve lost count of Ann’s, she has several.)

Attending Relevant was an eye opening experience, in a good way. (Back then it was called “Relevant”. It is now owned and run by someone else under the name “Allume”.)

It was there that I heard Ann Voskamp speak for the very first time.

Ann gave the last Keynote on Saturday night and it really got my attention.

(You can listen to it right here.)

She spoke of the first two people that the Scripture specifically notes as being filled with the Holy Spirit. They were Artisans. They were Bezelel and Oholiab in Exodus 35: 29-31.

She spoke of the word Hebrew word “avodah” and how it is used in scripture as work, as worship, as service, and also as Art. She wrote about it more in depth here, where she says,

“When we see our lives as a sacrificial offering unto the Lord—avodah—our work becomes art and our art becomes ministry and our worship becomes serving and our serving becomes work.” ~Ann Voskamp

So when I heard her speak at that first conference, God whispered again, “that art you long to do is actually how you serve me and worship me.” Not only is washing clothes, cooking meals, grading papers and serving my family, worshipping God, but so is doing the creative stuff, the doodling, the watercolor that hangs on our dining room wall, the photographs also, even the one that hangs in our bathroom.

That was the first time I had heard this message outside of a counseling office. It breathed oxygen into the smoldering embers of a fire that were almost snuffed out completely by the careless words of a pastor.

If you have missed the beginning of this story you can read it by clicking the links below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

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