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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The next new thing....

This is the next abstract in the series I'm working on in my studio.  In the midst of an extremely busy month at work  (the all school student art show), I'm managing to put together a few
brushstrokes in the evenings.  
This is 2 views of the same painting in process.  This one depicts the 2nd day of creation when God separated the waters above the earth and on the earth.  This is only just begun ... there's much more to do, so I'll keep posting photos as I go!   

This measures approx. 32 x 18" - acrylic on canvas

Monday, April 29, 2013

From the Archives

Winter Tree,  approx 14 x 11" colored pencil on paper

This is an older drawing ... something out of the archives!    These last couple of months have been busy and I've been working on larger paintings.  So, I haven't posted as regularly as I would like.  
This drawing is in a private collection, but its one of my favorites from years back. 
The actual tree, which was my reference picture, is one of the oldest in northern Illinois.  This picture really only shows a portion of the entire tree - its enormous!   


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Finally Finished!

Separation, 22x30" Acrylic on canvas
©2013 Helen Read 

After some weeks of work, this painting is now finished. 
This is the second in a series of paintings I'm working on in my studio.  They are larger and consist of dots and circles. 
To see the first in this series, please click here.

In this painting, I'm exploring the idea of the first day of creation.  Genesis tells us that on this day, God separated light from dark.  To me this brings forth the idea of pulling light out of darkness, which is how earth's state is described prior to the start of God's work.
As I worked with this painting,  I began to wonder if this is where the spectrum of light was first established.  You can see that spectrum taking shape as the bands of darkness and light are being pulled apart. 
The use of small dots and circles, to me, evokes a sense of joy and delight - which I believe describes the heart of God as creation begins.  Color is also used to depict beauty.  The dynamic composition using swirls, suggests the enormous power and strength of a mysterious God who has the power to call light from dark. There is a sense of eternity suggested as well.  
And once again, if you look carefully, you will see the hint of drops of blood, which is a foreshadowing of the need for redemption that precedes all of creation.  Even before His creative work had started, God knew that He would redeem all of it - by His own sacrifice.  

My next abstract will explore the 2nd day of creation.  I hope to begin it soon.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Almost done!

The work continues!   I'm nearing the finish line, here - and hope to have its final posting in just a few days.  The colors are coming together - if you look closely you'll see the spectrum of light divided up.
All of this is created with many, many dots and circles.  

I'm still deciding if I want to orient it horizontally or vertically.

More to come - soon!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

What I've been working on lately ...

Second in the series ... but not yet done, this painting measures about 24 x 30", and it is
acrylic on stretched canvas. 
I'm working on an abstract series that depicts the days of creation.  This one shows the First Day when God separated darkness and light.  
I'm not quite finished with it yet, but I'm making progress. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

In the meantime....

Sunflower,  colored pencil on black paper
©Helen Read 

I continue to work on a much larger piece with my studio time.  Why is it that it seems there is never quite enough time to do all that I want to do??  
Well, in the meantime, I'm posting this little drawing.  My students are just about ready to start on a similar project as they learn about color.

I hope to have a finished view of the larger painting I'm working on very soon! 

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