2018 INCOGNITO: A Public Arts Initiative

2018 INCOGNITO: A Public Arts Initiative In Aid of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation

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INCOGNITO
April 4 - 8, 2018
The Solomon Gallery
Dublin, Ireland

The 3 small 4x6 inch paintings shown below were finished and shipped to Ireland in January for the 2018 INCOGNITO: ART INITIATIVE fundraiser for the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation. The purpose of Incognito is to raise money to provide in-home nursing care for children with brain damage enabling the children to stay at home with loved ones instead of in a hospital environment.

Promised Hope 1

Promised Hope 2

Promised Hope 3

Incognito is an exhibition of 1500 postcard-size artworks which will be available for the public to buy for €50 each without knowing the identity of the artist until it is purchased. In 2017, this event raised €81,000 for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation – remember the queue to buy going all the way round the block? We want to repeat this in 2018.

Every single euro from the sale of these works will go to Jack & Jill to help nurse brain damaged children across the length and breadth of the country. Your contribution will make a difference.

Journey

Commissioned painting titled "Journey" was shipped to it's forever home the middle of September, 2017. I am late posting this because my mother-in-law transitioned to her heavenly home the week following delivery and my attention was drawn to handling other matters.

I must say it was a privilege and joy to create this painting for a very special couple in Pennsylvania to commemorate their 15th wedding anniversary. As I contemplated what I should paint, the words "oceans to cross, mountains to climb" kept running through my mind. I can't say I completely understand the full meaning of that message but I hope it speaks to their hearts. As I painted, I sensed they are being drawn into a new place of freedom and that their life together is and will be a journey with purpose.

Life is a dance. Dance it to the fullest.
Relax and enjoy the journey wherever it leads.
As destiny unfolds,
There will be oceans to cross and mountains to climb.

JOURNEY - 30x40 - Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas

Journey consists of shades of blue, aqua, turquoise, green and purple with patches of copper and white. Magenta/wine and orange highlights were embedded in the texture to add depth. Metallic gold was scumbled on top for additional highlights.

Journey is full of symbolism including two intertwined hearts, the wedding date and the number 15 representing the number of years together, so far. There are also two interlocking wedding rings and 3 small circles scattered across the sky totaling 5 circles. Circles represent commitment and promise and the number 5 stands for grace. Mountain peaks and ocean waves were also incorporated in the texture to symbolize the message, "oceans to cross, mountains to climb".

Detail of the number 15 and interlocking wedding rings

Detail of mountains and interlocking hearts

Detail of wedding date and ocean waves

Anticipation

Anticipation has been sold and was delivered to its new home in Archdale, NC on September 2, 2017.

This painting depicts how we are always in process--ever-changing and evolving--pressing forward in anticipation of our destiny. The inspiration for it came from my love of aqua and green and a desire to use them while trying out a new texturizing product. The name came to me while the painting was in progress as my anticipation began to build.

Twenty-two plus layers of acrylic medium, paints and glazes were applied--each layer representing a journey of anticipation. I tried out a new product on this abstract which resulted in the beginning layers turning out rough and difficult to work with, just like we can be at times in our life. As texture was applied, sanded and refined with more layers of color added, the rough edges and underlying flaws began to disappear.

The rough gray textured background represents difficult times we experience when we are discouraged or struggling while the aqua represents the calm that washes over us like streams of water when we reach a place of peace. The lime green signifies growth and the red and gold streaks stand for breakthroughs and ideas we have that propel us forward.  

Several of my abstracts have the versatility to hang either vertically or horizontally depending on what your space requires. Anticipation is one of those.

Vertical View - Anticipation, 36 x 24 x 1.5

Horizontal View - Anticipation, 24 x 36 x 1.5

New Home for Splash & Peaceful Waters

Splash (top)
Peaceful Waters (bottom)

Splash (36" x 36") and Peaceful Waters (24" x 30") were delivered to their new home in Wake Forest, North Carolina on Friday, August 25, 2017. It is always such a joy when a painting (in this case two), finds a loving home. I hope Emily and David will enjoy these two for many years to come. I thank them for being fans of SJH Fine Art. 

For full description of Splash, see blogpost "Splash - The Journey" 

For more on Peaceful Waters, see blogpost "Peaceful Waters"

Questions to Consider

As I was reading The Love of God by Oswald Chambers, I came across the following paragraph that made me pause and consider. 

 "If Jesus Christ were manifested now, would we be like Him? Or would we have a hundred and one things to do before we could be as He is? We have not been taking time to purify ourselves as He is pure because we have been restless and annoyed; we have imagined that we have things to do that no one can do but ourselves. It may be true, but immediately we think it, we lose out. There is only one lodestar to the saint, the Lord Jesus Christ. We have no business getting into circumstances God does not put us into. Faith means keeping absolutely right with God. He does all the rest. We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark--the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God's sight." (Excerpt from "The Love of God" by Oswald Chambers)

I strongly feel these are questions we, as Christians, need to ask ourselves. 

How am I in the dark?

Where do I let my mind and imagination take me?

What are the deep, inner thoughts of my heart?

What are the habits of my body?

And most importantly, What can I do to purify myself so I'll be more like Jesus? That's a tall order. It seems almost impossible but I must remind myself that all things are possible with God. 

 When things don't go as we like, do we accept the situation immediately, or do we indulge in feelings of regret that can easily spill over the line into resentment? I am reminded that I need to remember that God is sovereign over my circumstances and humble myself under His mighty hand. Instead of being resentful, I need to rejoice in what He is doing in my life, even though it is beyond my understanding. The ultimate challenge is to fix my eyes on God, no matter what is going on around me.