Monday, November 30, 2009

Advent work at Shawnee Park CRC

These pieces of my work are part of a show for Advent at Shawnee Park CRC behind GR Christian High. It was put on by Robin Jensen (who was my first formal art teacher when I went to Calvin College).

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Advent show at Calvin CRC in Grand Rapids.

These pieces of Advent art are on display at Calvin CRC in Grand Rapids on Ethel and Thomas SE from now until the beginning ofFebruary. The show ranges from icons to realistic interpretations to abstractions, all telling and celebrating the story of the birth of Christ in some way.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


This beautiful painting found its rightful owner yesterday. It has a lovely red and black frame and someone came in the gallery and fell in love! What fun!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

CRANE ORCHARDS small version

Just a little landscape painting to balance the abstract stuff.

Advent starry night 3

I have been playing with graphics for some Advent related events. The arc of the music really tickles me. I think it communicates joy. The Bethlehem scene has "O Little Town of Bethlehem" in the sky and on the ground and the nimbus around the bright star is the "Magnificat" in two versions. "Magnify the Lord, magnify the Lord!" I don't know the tune of the lower sunrise music. Visually, it seems to echo the radiance of the sun. A musician friend tells me he thinks it's got a Mexican feel.

Monday, November 09, 2009


Here's another Advent themed piece, this time with a Michigan landscape overlap. The nimbus around the sun sings "Magnify the LORD!!" Small lines of text in the sky say "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world". There are leftover bits of Joy to the World in gray and "Alleluia, alleluia in the sand. I don't know what the music is from exactly but they are songs from liturgies from Church of the Servant and part of the redemption song.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

details: a great light, new every morning

A combination of the Isaiah 9:2 passage: "the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light." and "the mercies of the Lord are new every morning" from Lamentations 3:22-23.

Great is God's faithfulness!

A GREAT LIGHT: new every morning

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


This painting has been bugging me since I framed it. I like the colors and the composition. But something wasn't quite right. This morning I popped it out of the frame and punched the contrast. Now I think it does sing.