How to Paint a Cheetah in Acrylic

Last fall, I went to the zoo, and by great luck, got a nice head shot of a cheetah who was resting near where I was standing. I love big cats, and decided to paint one in this art demo where I will share how it is done. First, I primed the canvas (it wasContinue reading “How to Paint a Cheetah in Acrylic”

Libraries of Heaven

Last October, I had a dream. In it, I was visiting heaven with a close friend. I created a picture using a pexels photo, overlaid with acrylic and colored pencil to try to depict just a bit what it looked like. My friend and I were in a huge library. There were stairs, with angelsContinue reading “Libraries of Heaven”

Chickadees on a Winter Day

During the winter months in north Michigan, some of the most frequent birds visiting feeders will be chickadees. They stay on through the snow and sub-zero temperatures, and to me they are a symbol of hardiness and resilience. I used a limited palette for this painting: ultramarine blue, titanium white, burnt umber, burnt sienna andContinue reading “Chickadees on a Winter Day”

Dive with Love: Prophetic art

Over the past few months, I have had a series of dreams. I am sharing pictures of these dreams in the hope that they will encourage you, and help you to understand how very much God loves you, and has good things in store for each of His children. In this dream, I was nextContinue reading “Dive with Love: Prophetic art”

Climbing Down the Mountain: Prophetic art

This picture is based on a dream I had last fall a few days before Yom Kippur. It is not meant to be theology, and I make no pretense that it is a realistic depiction of things to come since often dreams contain symbols and ideas that need prayer and interpretation; but I do feelContinue reading “Climbing Down the Mountain: Prophetic art”

Tundra Swans on Lake Huron in Michigan: oil painting

One of the most beautiful sights along the shores of Lake Huron in the winter are the swans. These beautiful birds float in small groups, and in the winter, look almost like small “ice chunks” when they dive their heads under water. I used a limited palette (burnt umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, titanium white,Continue reading “Tundra Swans on Lake Huron in Michigan: oil painting”

Treasures in a Mine: Prophetic Painting

Last night, I had another dream that was interesting. In the dream, Jesus showed me a mine, it looked like a coal or silver mine with the tracks that go into the mine, and the cars on wheels that follow the tracks to bring the things mined back out. He and I got into oneContinue reading “Treasures in a Mine: Prophetic Painting”

Reading the Bible: prophetic art

I have always read the Bible, since I was taught how important it is in church. But often, it felt like a “chapter a day” slog. But recently, I have had a series of dreams that changed that. In one, the LORD told me to “store the Word (Bible) in my heart” because there wouldContinue reading “Reading the Bible: prophetic art”

After the Storm: Inspirational

As I was thinking on some Bible verses today, a picture came to mind which I painted. This painting represents a flower that has been through a terrible storm (see the lightening on the right), but the storm actually brought it rain, which helped it to grow. And after the storm, revival (represented by theContinue reading “After the Storm: Inspirational”

Ducks on Lake Huron: Winter

It is fascinating to watch Lake Huron begin freezing in the winter. I happened to see some brave mallards swimming in the cold water between ice a few weeks ago, and decided to paint this scene. This was done in oil over a base of acrylic, with a palette of ultramarine and cerulean blues, titaniumContinue reading “Ducks on Lake Huron: Winter”

Hope for the New Year

I don’t often post reference photos that I take for my paintings (he will probably show up on a tree limb when I paint him), but this little chickadee is so cute, I decided to put him up. But I also want to share a word of encouragement as well as 2021 starts. I realizeContinue reading “Hope for the New Year”