Today’s Baby

Seems appropriate to look at a wee polar bear and stick him in a nest.  It’s so cold outside…so grateful though, for today’s blue sky.  I wish we could protect our wildlife…do something differently.  I read an article today that explained that mature polar bears are often so hungry that they turn on their own offspring for sustenance.  Some of these truths make me very sad…but I carry on, using the only medium I have at my finger tips to enter into the conversation…my art.

I haven’t left my house for two days except to shovel and throw the frisbee for Max in the back alley.  I feel as though I am in my own nest.  A bit of Christmas music, though…a bit of baking…and time at my kitchen table, painting, and I’m a pretty happy camper.

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Wood Fillin’

I’m excited to have a couple of cribbed panels parked up in the church balcony and this afternoon I got busy filling nail holes and getting their surfaces prepared.  I am repainting two pieces for our church, St. Albert the Great Parish.  They will become some sort of legacy for my friend and priest, Father Kevin Tumback.  This is one way that I can demonstrate appreciation for the support he has given me artistically through the last many years as we’ve built our community.  I painted these pieces first as banners, but with the up and down of them, the surface became damaged and I decided to create something more permanent.

Thanks to another parishioner, Yves, for having built these two panels, 10′ x 6′ in size.  There is no way that I had the financial resources to have these constructed, so in this, I am also truly blessed!  I hope to capture these images in process as they reveal themselves to me and I give gratitude and honour to our Lord who inspires all art within me.  It is for his glory that I paint.

Luke 22:19

19  And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

Matthew 4

The Temptation of Jesus

4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

During that time the devil[a] came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,

‘People do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]

Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect you.
And they will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’[c]

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’[d]

Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the Lord your God
and serve only him.’[e]

11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.