Monthly Art Bible Study – Artist Denise Gracias shares thoughts on her Original Painting
On a Sunday summer evening, I joined friends at The Religious Academy via Zoom. I shared the inspiration behind the painting, and how I arrived at the decisions I made. This painting is 30″x 40″ x 1.5″ (gallery wrapped -sides painted). I embroidered with thread, the gown, flooring, etc.
Compassion Confronts Contrition and Condemnation
The woman of ill repute had the courage to boldly walk into a stranger’s home and enter a room filled with men, when this was frowned upon. Without a thought to herself, she threw herself at the mercy of the only One she believed could help her. She humbled herself publicly. In return, the Lord embraced her, offering mercy and love, while the others condemned her publicly, and Jesus, privately.
Please note that this painting has a very interesting history. I pierced it by accident while transporting it in my car. Though I knew how to repair a tear in a canvas (without it being seen in the front), I wanted it to be part of the history. So, I opted to “forgive” the “sin” with needle and thread, by sewing it up. This led me to “embroider the woman’s clothing, the table cloth, and the some of the floor. A task I enjoyed.
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These sketches are featured in the #SAVEOURYOUTH campaign to speak up for the suffering of children and young people who have no say, no voice, no control over the government mandated restrictions on their freedom to breathe, go to school, be among friends, play sports.
The sketches below as well as very important information on this subject can be found in the link below:
I am so proud to be part of this wonderful show. Please check out all the Christmas art work that is inspired by the true story of Christmas. Scroll down to the Christmas show 2020. My sketch “Do You Have Room for Christmas” is among the amazing inspiring art work.
Jay Dampf was a very talented, versatile and inspirational artist who taught me to use watercolours and acrylics. I started art late in life, and took courses here and there with different instructors. However, when I met Jay at Cedar Ridge Creative Arts Centre in 2005, his instruction elevated my work in a very short time. I appreciated how he would allow his students to work on whatever they wanted, as easy or difficult as it might be. I worked on several Biblical scenes, landscapes, still life, and even a mosaic painting, in his class. I recall him writing the name of artist, William Kurelek on a piece of paper. He told me to look him up as my paintings reminded him of his work. He often took the time to bring in a book just to show the work of an artist that I may find inspirational.
He seemed to have this knack for making difficult art journeys seem do-able….giving his students much self-confidence in their creativity. He passed away on 12/July/20. It was a shock to all his students. I thought we would work on many more projects together. I always enjoyed his company. I’ll have to ask him to help from beyond.
“Fall On Your Knees” Awarded “Honourable Mention” in the Gallery Ring “Open” Exhibition
I was thrilled that three of my Biblical Paintings were juried into the Gallery Ring’s “Open” Exhibition this September. “Fall On Your Knees” won an Honourable Mention, the first award for my Biblical paintings…and a huge honour. In addition, “Silent Night Holy Night” and “Compassion Confronts Contrition and Condemnation” were finalists in this exhibition.
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