Monday, November 15, 2010

SANCTUARY, oil painting of Frelsburg Lutheran Church, Texas

oil on linen wrapped hardboard panel
(frame is shown as example only)
At the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas, through December 31, 2011.
Layaway terms available.

40% of net sale will be donated to the Frelsburg Lutheran Church.
Shipping charge is calculated on the FRAMED painting selection.
If you wish to purchase the unframed painting, you will be refunded any overcharge 
above actual shipping costs. 

Sanctuary: 1) a place of refuge or safety; 2) a holy place: a temple or church.

Frelsburg Lutheran Church, New Ulm, Texas
oil on canvas, impasto
palette knife painting with thick texture
14x11 inches

Currently on exhibit at The Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas, Sanctuary was inspired by the Frelsburg Lutheran Church near New Ulm, Texas, this is the third painting in my historical church series and was featured at my "Windows of the Soul" exhibit, artist's reception August 28, at the Garden of the Dragonfly Gallery in Old Town Spring, Texas.

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LIFE. August 14, Wednesday morning, 6:00 a.m.  When I finished this painting, my backyard thermometer, in the shade, read 86 degrees, and the air felt muggy. I had thought to walk but changed my mind when I walked into what felt like a sauna that day. Saunas are for sitting, not walking for two miles in heated humidity. By late afternoon, the heat index was 108 degrees. In times such as those, I needed a sanctuary.

We hear it on the news daily.  All around us there is the heat and turbulent weather, a world in turmoil, the sins of people, the lies of politicians, rampant drug use, crimes, violence and murder.  My portrayal of the world at hand is illustrated in paint shades of red surrounding the sanctuary of a small church, a church that in the midst of turmoil still holds a cross high upon its steeple and offers sanctuary to all who enter.

Isn't that the way of life?