Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last 2009 Blog

It is December 31st, the last day of 2009; therefore, my last blog for the year. My prayer is that the year 2010 will not be as frightening as it is beginning to be, i.e. terrorists attempt, a shaky economy, and talks of more government control, which could eventually lead to a one-world government. What are we in for? I have no idea, but I know that God is in control.

Putting the negative aside, my blog today is about hope and a more enlightened year, at least for me, by broadening my walk with God. Part of that walk is praising and glorifying Him with my art. I have just completed, short of a few minor tweaks, two paintings that speak to his magnificence. I’ve posted them here before, but that was while they were both still in process. Here they are again:

The horses (18x18 oil on stretched canvas) were done at the request of my four-year old granddaughter. She absolutely loves “Ponies” and wanted this one to hang in her bedroom. She knows that God created them just as He created her.

The second painting (14x18 oil on stretched canvas) I call “Safe.” This one was done at the request of a friend who said she had this on her mind for days and thought I would like to paint it. She gave me her idea on a 3x3 post-it note. We are promised a safe haven with God the Father and the Son if we but believe and accept.

While waiting for these pieces to dry so that I could put in the last minor touches, I decided to do a sketch. I looked through pictures and photos that I have in my “library” and this one jumped out at me…

In Prayer
(9x12 graphite)

So, my friends, family and blog followers (you are also my friends)…my prayer for you in the coming year is love for one another; strengthening your faith, and remembering those in need - physically and spiritually. I will pray for much more for you. May you have a wonderful, prosperous and love-filled year.


  1. It appears you have been blessed many times with love from Him and your family. May your blessings continue to come into your life as we enter another year of our glorious world.

  2. Stunning, as always, Loke! I so look forward to seeing what you'll do in 2010. I'm feeling optimistic about the new year - I've turned it all over to God. I know he'll always lead me in the right direction.

    I hope you have an amazing new year and that it brings you all you could wish for. Happy New Year, my dearest SisterFriend! Tia

  3. My sister/friend Tia, whose comment appears above is unable to post her comments directly so I've decided to post them for her. She is one of my faithful followers, so want her comments to show here.

  4. Hi Lokelani
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)
    I'm sure that you will be painting like me in the future, there is no secret, just practice, practice, practice, and if you have time to get up close to other works of art, try and figure out how they did it (I'm lucky .... I have the Louvre ;-)
    Also read as much as you can about technique; there is loads of stuff out there on the internet.
    Above all, look deeply at everything you see and try and figure out how you would paint it: painting is as much a mental as physical act.

    Take care,

  5. Thank you for the words of encouragement Paul. I feel motivated today, ready to start something once I get off this computer...LOL! You are so lucky having the Louvre close by to inspire you. I so agree with you about painting being mental as well as physical. Thanks again.

  6. I'm only sorry it took me so long to recover from the holidays and check back in here. I so enjoy all your work and am grateful for your willingness to share the spirituality behind it. I find I see what you speak of but the work also speaks to me before I even read that - truly a mark of success!

    And ohhh, that sketch! Today that one is particularly drawing me (no pun intended *s*)

    I'm glad I've "met" you - even if only on the net.

  7. happy to hear from you. Sorry to hear you were not feeling up to par. What a compliment to be told that my art speaks to you. That is what I strive to do in my art. Thank you so much for your most encouraging comments. I too am very glad to have met you and to have you as a "friend," as you say, even if only on the net.

  8. I like your prayer picture Aunty Loke!