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My Debut Art Show

April 27th, 2015

My Debut Art Show

My first art show will be held in my hometown of Windom, Minnesota at Business Art Recreation Center located at 1012 5th Ave. Prophetic Christian paintings, digital artwork, and photography will be displayed from May 9th - June 28th. The opening reception of the art exhibition will be on May 9th from 1 - 4 pm. Open to public. BARC's Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Ok, now that I've got all the biz stuff out of the way, I just have to say that little did I know when I accepted the art show invitation all that was involved in prepping, organizing, cleaning, driving, staging and arranging the art, and the list goes on... Still, I'm so excited for it all to come together and to see the art upon the gallery walls glorifying my Lord and my God. I know I couldn't do this on my own. Many, many thanks to everyone who generously offered their time and talents in making the show a reality. And MOST of all my heartfelt gratitude and thanksgiving to Christ Jesus who leads me step-by-step through this art exhibition process. May the art bless all who view it as much as it has blessed me in creating it through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit II

December 11th, 2013

Holy Spirit II

Have you been in a place where your need for God was beyond words? That is the message of this painting - the Holy Spirit has you covered whether you can find the words to pray or not. God knows your heart. The original title for this painting was "Groans Too Deep For Words." The Scripture verse comes from Roman 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words."

For the website I thought it would be easier to gather the paintings associated with the movement of the Holy Spirit together, thus naming them Holy Spirit I, II, III, etc. This art can be hung in four different directions - whichever feels right to you, so I have signed the art digitally on each corner.

All my paintings begin with prayer. I ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance from beginning to end - from choosing the canvas and paint colors to the last brush stroke. I pray that the Lord's message would go forth through the art and that Father God would be glorified. I believe all prophetic art has a message, but what the Holy Spirit speaks to me about a specific piece of art, may be different than what the Spirit says to you. Seek Him for a personal interpretation.

Click the "more information" BUTTON below for fine art prints, canvas, and cards.

Holy Spirit I - Ruach Ha Kadosh

December 11th, 2013

Holy Spirit I - Ruach Ha Kadosh

Ruach Ha'Kadosh is Hebrew for The Holy Spirit. In Hebrew, the word ruach means spirit, breath, or wind. Jesus compared the wind to everyone born of the Spirit in John 3:8.

This painting shows the Holy Spirit moving like the wind but the Father and Son are also represented in the colors:
GOLD: The Father - glory of God
RED: The Son, Jesus Christ - His shed blood for our sins.
PURPLE: King Jesus - His majesty
BLUE: The Holy Spirit and Heaven.
GREEN: Newness, rebirth

There is an increased sense of motion as you rotate the painting. It looks like colored wind moving. The painting is signed on all four corners so the piece can be hung vertically or horizontally with the Spirit ascending or descending.

All my paintings begin with prayer. I ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance from beginning to end - from choosing the canvas and paint colors to the last brush stroke. I pray that the Lord's message would go forth through the art and that Father God would be glorified. I believe all prophetic art has a message, but what the Holy Spirit speaks to me about a specific piece of art, may be different than what the Spirit says to you. Seek Him for a personal interpretation.

Click the "more information" BUTTON below for fine art prints, canvas, and cards.

Sent With His Scent

December 11th, 2013

Sent With His Scent

This painting was commissioned by a dear friend and turned into a gift of confirmation that she would be sent into the mission field by God. The painting consists of three small canvases to create one image of God's love. Three in one - the Holy Trinity! I must confess that as I was working on this painting, I didn't understand as the Holy Spirit guided me through the creative steps. So much so that I became frustrated but kept obeying the Lord, trusting that I was hearing Him correctly and that He knew best. AFTER the painting was done, He gave revelation and used this postmark as an example for Mary being SENT as a missionary in His Name, just as mail is postmarked when it is sent by the postal service. The postmark also serves as a seal as it is written in 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."

Looking at the circular image, You will also see a handprint.
God's hand is clearly upon Mary's life.

The Spanish word for love is amor.
The world will know Christ's disciples by their love.
John 13:34-35

Another revelation that the Lord gave about the painting is that Mary is "Scent with His scent." The Scripture text is 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. "But thanks be to God, who in the Messiah constantly leads us in a triumphal procession and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of what it means to know Him! 15 For to God we are the aroma of the Messiah, both among those being saved and among those being lost; 16 to the latter, we are the smell of death leading only to more death; but to the former, we are the sweet smell of life leading to more life. Who is equal to such a task? 17 For we are not like a lot of folks who go about huckstering God’s message for a fee; on the contrary, we speak out of a sincere heart, as people sent by God, standing in God’s presence, living in union with the Messiah."

Mary is a missionary in Haiti. Please keep her in your prayers.

Fine art prints are not available at this time, but you can see more images of the painting if you click the button below.

Tabernacle

December 11th, 2013

Tabernacle

This is an acrylic painting of the curtain tapestry in the Tabernacle. The layers of colors and the curved lines creates movement. The Tabernacle was moved across the wilderness. You can read about the exodus from Egypt, the Tabernacle, and 40 years in the wilderness in the Book of Exodus.

Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker. Exodus 26:1

All my paintings begin with prayer. I ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance from beginning to end - from choosing the canvas and paint colors to the last brush stroke. I pray that the Lord's message would go forth through the art and that Father God would be glorified. I believe all prophetic art has a message, but what the Holy Spirit speaks to me about a specific piece of art, may be different than what the Spirit says to you. Seek Him for a personal interpretation.

Click the "more information" BUTTON below for fine art prints, canvas, and cards.

Wave of Worship

December 11th, 2013

Wave of Worship

I painted this on March 9, 2012 at First Love's Art Workshop. The anointing of the Holy Spirit was heavy when I was painting it, but I didn't understand the abstract until a couple of months later. As I was studying it, the Holy Spirit gave revelation and all of a sudden it looked like an abstract of people kneeling in worship to the King of Kings, Jesus Christ! They are leaning forward with their heads bowed in holy reverence to Him. What once looked like multi-colored waves to me became "Waves of Worship."

I wondered about the muddy hues in the middle of the painting. It is the first and only time that happened while painting in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave the reason for the muddy hues. He said, "Don't look despairingly upon one another. You are one in Christ!" That's an illustrated message I will not soon forget! It reminds me of Romans 14:10-11. "But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written:
“As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God." Isaiah 45:23

Even though there is great diversity in the crowd of believers, we are united as one under His Kingship. He is the Bridegroom and we (His followers, the church) are His Bride.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage;
7 rather, He made Himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father! Philippians 2:1-11


All my paintings begin with prayer. I ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance from beginning to end - from choosing the canvas and paint colors to the last brush stroke. I pray that the Lord's message would go forth through the art and that Father God would be glorified. I believe all prophetic art has a message, but what the Holy Spirit speaks to me about a specific piece of art, may be different than what the Spirit says to you. Seek Him for a personal interpretation.

Click the "more information" BUTTON below for fine art prints, canvas, and cards.

Work in Progress

December 11th, 2013

Work in Progress

This art project turned out to be a week-long lesson about my heart and motives. To begin, the chosen canvas is significant because it was a commissioned painting that I couldn't complete. I was so stuck for nearly a year as the unfinished painting mocked me with failure and guilt. The 2’x 4' canvas had a multicolored background and a contemporary design of a person praising God with arms raised. It sort of looked like two parenthesizes inverted: ) ( My oldest son said it looked like the stitching on a baseball to him.

The new painting began with a charcoal briquette symbolizing a lump of coal. I drew a large heart in the center of the praise design, then scribbled and scratched markings within the heart. This represented sin. While doing this, jealousy was revealed. Emerald green flashed in my mind, with the cliché phrase "green-eyed monster", but I was surprised that the Holy Spirit chose a drab, dull green to cover the drawn heart. The world sees jealousy as a strong emotion, full of passion like a sparkling emerald. Our society even describes it as a crime of passion when a jealous rage turns deadly, but the Lord viewed the motive of jealousy within my heart as drab and lifeless. Green is usually associated with newness and life in Scripture but in this instance, it had the opposite meaning.

The drab green heart was expanded by rings of blue, purple, fuchsia, and white. The Holy Spirit gave a cross-section view of my heart like the growth rings of a tree. The outer layers of my heart resonates hues of Christ, His Kingship, and holiness. In an online Christian art class that I took, the instruction taught us to cover the negative with beauty. The Holy Spirit lead me to cover the green heart of jealousy to a heart of gold with a smaller lavender heart within. The small heart looked like it was ready to take flight like a butterfly!

Next came a multitude of circles painted with crumpled-up plastic wrap dabbed in paint. The motion was a swift turn of my wrist like the movement of turning a key in a lock. After multiple layers of hues were applied to the circles they reminded me of blue roses with golden highlights. The Lord then spoke within my heart about a law of His creation: (A plant) "blooms before it sets fruit." As I continued with the painting this week, He reaffirmed the word given by saying, "Go forward. Fruit forthcoming."

To be honest, I was dissatisfied with the large heart in the center. It seemed out of proportion and looked like a kindergartener had painted it, so I added more "circle roses" to the outer heart rings to make them fade into the background and highlight the smaller heart of gold. But that didn't seem right either, so I added more roses across the gold heart and it nearly disappeared! I knew I had messed up big time by taking things into my own hands. I hadn't waited on the Lord for the Holy Spirit's guidance to continue painting. I was more concerned about the outward appearance of the painting and good reviews (acceptance) from family and friends rather than God's message within the painting. My eyes were solely on myself instead of Christ. I repented, asked for forgiveness, and sought the Lord's redemption, literally. I asked Him specifically to fix the painting and without hesitation, He gave the solution along with a test of faith. I was to mix fuchsia with hues of gold and apply it over the heart, covering the roses. The color mixture turned coppery-bronze. Then the Lord said to use a toothbrush to scrub the gold mixture into the heart. I obeyed and the heart looked an absolute mess! It was a vivid demonstration of what happens to my heart when I seek glory for myself instead of seeking to glorify God.

Next came the leap of faith. The Lord said to take the plastic bag covering the paint palette, turn it inside out and place it over the heart. The plastic bag had some wet silver paint on it. I admit, I wondered if I had heard right or not, because it sounded so unconventional to me, but I obeyed and the result was a heart of mixed metals: Copper, bronze, silver and gold. It was then that the Lord said, "Refining heart. Work in progress."

During the painting process, the Lord said:
"Blooms before setting fruit. Go forward. Fruit forthcoming. Refining heart. Work in progress."

By the way, the commissioned piece I mentioned in the beginning of this blog was finished after this painting. It turned out to be a set of three canvases with a message of being "Sent with His Scent" for a friend as she about to embark on a new life in the missionary field. What's cool is that the art was small enough to pack and take with her to Haiti. God knows exactly what we need when we need it! There is none like Him!!

All my paintings begin with prayer. I ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance from beginning to end (from choosing the canvas and paint colors to the last brush stroke), that the Lord's message would go forth through the art, and that Father God would be glorified. I believe all prophetic art has a message, but what the Holy Spirit speaks to me about a specific piece of art, may be different than what the Spirit says to you. Seek Him for a personal interpretation.

Click the "more information" BUTTON below for fine art prints, canvas, and cards.

Wave of Glory

December 11th, 2013

Wave of Glory

This abstract was painted in March 2012 at First Love's Art Workshop in LeSueur, Minnesota. All my paintings begin with prayer. I ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance from beginning to end (from choosing the canvas and paint colors to the last brush stroke), that the Lord's message would go forth through the art, and that Father God would be glorified. I believe all prophetic art has a message, but what the Holy Spirit speaks to me about a specific piece of art, may be different than what the Spirit says to you. Seek Him for a personal interpretation.

The Lord has given a few abstracts that can be displayed in multiple ways. Here's individual views, which I think, changes the feel of the painting. When hung horizontally, it reminds me of the curvature of the earth, God's glory, and the heavenlies. While a vertical view reminds me of a surfer riding a huge wave. It gives one pause to realize the raw strength and beauty of God's creation, but none stronger than the Creator, Himself. He in control. He reigns Sovereign over ALL!

A number of titles have been suggested for this painting such as Illumination, King of the Universe, and Sea Wave. My working title is "Mystery." I love a good mystery and this painting still intrigues me.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture reveals a mystery! Paul writes, "Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[Isaiah 25:8]

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[Hosea 13:14]

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

This painting is available for print vertically and horizontally.

Yeshua Means Salvation

December 9th, 2013

Yeshua Means Salvation

In English, we call the Son of God, Jesus Christ. In Hebrew, His name is Yeshua Ha' Mashiach (pronounced ya-shew-ah ha-ma-she-akh) which translated means Jesus, the Messiah. The name Yeshua means "the Lord saves." In Matthew 1:21 it is written, "She (Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus ("Yeshua" in the Complete Jewish Bible), because He will save His people from their sins.” And in Acts 4:12, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

This painting represents Christ's blood shed for the world's salvation. For your salvation and mine. The red horizontal streaks symbolizes the "stripes" across Christ's back while being flogged (scourged) by the Roman soldiers, before His crucifixion, for our transgressions. Scripture tells us that "By His stripes, we are healed!" Isaiah 53:5. "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." Note how the deep hues of crimson. It signifies the depth of His love for you! The center circle represents the earth and the markings, the earth's population. All cultures, all people of the earth.

This painting was created through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. A line of red paint was laid across one end of the canvas and tilted upright for the paint to meander downward, and then repeated on the opposite end for the two to meet in the middle. The center design was created by painting my hand red and placing it on the canvas, then rotating my hand multiple times to create a full circle. The palm of my hand became the earth and my fingers, people. Upon completion, as I looked at the canvas, the name "Yeshua" immediately sprang to mind.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. Ephesians 1:7-8a

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13

Yeshua Means Savior, Christine Nichols, 2009
16x20 Canvas, Acrylic


All my paintings begin with prayer. I ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance from beginning to end (from choosing the canvas and paint colors to the last brush stroke), that the Lord's message would go forth through the art, and that Father God would be glorified. I believe all prophetic art has a message, but what the Holy Spirit speaks to me about a specific piece of art, may be different than what the Spirit says to you. Seek Him for a personal interpretation.

Whence It Cometh - Spirit in Motion

December 9th, 2013

Whence It Cometh - Spirit in Motion

The title for this painting comes from John 3 where Jesus compares the wind to born-again believers - those born of the Spirit. In the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, the word for wind also means breath or spirit. This painting symbolizes the Holy Spirit moving in peoples' lives after they are born again.

Born from Above
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mothers womb and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.

The King James Version (KJV) translates verse 8 as The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. After I finished the painting, and saw the distinctive directional movements, the KJV verse immediately came to mind. An artist friend recently shared this painting on Facebook and summed up the piece with "Spirit in Motion." I like that.

 

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