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Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday ~ the depths of its meaning

Darkness Descends, approx 4x12" graphite on mylar
©2009, Helen Read
This song, an old hymn, now sung so movingly by Casting Crowns, has been much on my mind these last weeks.  They speak the whole story of Christmas and Easter.  They speak a story of Love that held nothing back and gave its all... for me!  For you.   May this Easter season be a deep and eternal blessing to you!  

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Japanese Iris

Japanese Iris,  Ink on paper 
©Helen Read 

In honor of spring, which seems to be taking 2 steps forward and 1 step backward, I'm posting this flower drawing.  Its actually pen and ink, with colored inks.   This is available as one of 4 flower designs in a set of notecards. 
8 cards, 4 designs - $10.00 (plus shipping and IL tax)


What a great mother's day gift! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sunflowers

Sunflowers,  approx 4 x 5" watercolor 
©2009, Helen Read 

This month is going by way too quickly!  There has been a lot going on, including travel to the west coast to see some of my children - and then more travel to another part of the midwest to see another of my kids!  Its been great, but I've been out of the studio and out of the house quite a bit!  

This is an older water color. It now resides in Texas.   I love the vibrant colors ... and it evokes the feel of summer, which I'm more than ready for!  

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunrise

Sunrise,  16 x 20 oil on canvas covered panel
©2009, Helen Read 

I'm posting a repost here.  I've been away in both California and Arizona last week, visiting my 2 sons (and 1 daughter in law) that live very distantly from me now!   What a wonderful week ... and I did return with many ideas and reference pictures.  But, I haven't been in my studio for this past week.  

Great week, but its time to get back to work now!  

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