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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. 

If you would like more information on this painting or other paintings by this artist, go to Biblical Art

Compassion Confronts Contrition and Condemnation; Joyful art; Denise Gracias
Compassion Confronts Contrition and Condemnation by Denise Gracias

SAVE OUR YOUTH

#SAVEOURYOUTH Drawings

 

Free As A Bird; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias

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 governmentIn the Corner; Joyful art; Denise Gracias 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:

Liberty Coalition Canada

For more information on these sketches and other artwork by this artist, please go to Gallery

Religious Academy Online Christmas Show 2020

 

Online Christmas Show; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias

Religious Academy Online Christmas Show 2020

Do You Have Room for Christmas; Joyful art; Denise Gracias
Do You Have Room for Christmas? by Denise Gracias

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.

The Religious Academy Online Christmas Show 202

Merry Christmas!

Biblically Based Fine Art Show

Biblical Show; Joyful art; Denise Gracias

 

 

 

 

Biblically Based Summer Semester Fine Art Show

Sponsored by the  Knights of The Religious Academy

A variety of Christian artists have come together to share their faith through original Biblical paintings.  My original painting, “I Was Born For This” is featured.

Date: 18/Sep/20 – 6-8:30 pm

Place: Grant Avenue Methodist Church, 216 S. Grant, Denver

Grant Avenue Methodist Church

For more information on this painting or others by this artist, please go to Gallery

 

 

Sacred Art Sunday -“I Was Born For This”

Sacred Art Sunday; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias

 

Artist Denise Gracias Shares Thoughts on Her Painting, “I Was Born For This”

Sponsored by The Religious Academy

I will be speaking about the inspiration behind “I Was Born For This” on 6/Sep/20 at 9-9:15 pm MST (11-11:15 pm CST).  Please feel free to watch live or the video anytime following this date.

Date: 6/Sep/20

Time: 9-9:15 pm MST (11-11:15 pm CST)

 

Facebook – The Religious Academy

Youtube – The Religious Academy

 

For more information on this painting or other paintings by this artist, please go to Gallery

Thank You Jay Dampf

Jay Dampf; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Jay Dampf

Thank You Jay Dampf – Rest in Peace

Jay Dampf; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Jay Dampf

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. 

Rest in Peace my friend, Denise

 

 

If you would like to visit Jay’s Memorial, please go to Forever Missed – Jay Dampf

To see some artwork I have done, as a proud go to Gallery

Exhibition-Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Still Waters; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Still Waters at the A la Carte Exhibition
Still Waters; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Still Waters by Denise Gracias

Art A La Carte – Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Still Waters; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Still Waters on display in the A la Carte Exhibition in Legislative Assembly
Date: 13/Jan/20 to 11/Jan/21
Place:Legislative Assemby of Ontario, 111 Wellesley St. W.,Legislative Building, Room 191,Toronto, Ontario

 Ontario Legislative Assembly of Ontario

The Award Winning painting, “He Leads Me to Still Waters”,  (20′ x 20″x 1.5″) will be included in the Art A La Carte Exhibition at the Legislative Assembly Building from January 13/20 to 11/January/21.

I will have to say good bye to this painting that I love so much, for one year. But, I hope many people will be able to enjoy the peace and serenity it offers.  It will be available for purchase.

Still Waters; Joyful art; Denise GraciasFor more information on this painting or others, please go to Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

Group Exhibition on Child Labour 

Blood Bangles; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Paediatric Conference 2019 -Delta Hotel, Scarborough
Unlicensed, Uninsured and Unprotected; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Paediatric Conference 2019 -Delta Hotel, Scarborough
Blood Bangles; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Blood Bangles by Denise Gracias
Unlicensed, Uninsured and Unprotected; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Unlicensed, Uninsured and Unprotected by Denise Gracias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paediatric Pearls Conference 2019:  Group Exhibition on Child Labour 

Date: 25/Oct/19

Place: Delta Hotel, 2035 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough, ON

Delta Hotel Scarborough

My two paintings “Blood Bangles” and “Unlicensed, Uninsured and Unprotected” were on display at the Paediatric Pearls Conference 2019 at the Delta Hotel, Scarborough, ON on 25/Oct/19

To see more paintings by this artist, go to Gallery

 

 

 

Leaves and Petals (Online) Art Exhibition

5th Annual Leaves and Petals (Online) Art Exhibition – Fusion Art 

Magnificent Magenta; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Majestic Magenta by Denise Gracias

Date: November 2019

My painting, “Magnificent Magenta” was a finalist in the5th Leaves and Petals (Online) Fusion Art Exhibition 5th Annual Leaves and Petals (online) Art Exhibition in November 2019.

 

See link 5th Leaves and Petals (Online) Fusion Art Exhibition

 

For more information on this painting or other similar paintings by this artist, please go to Gallery

 

 

 

“Fall On Your Knees” Wins Award

Fall On Your Knees; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Fall On Your Knees by Denise Gracias wins Honourable Mention in the ArtGallery Open Exhibition 2019

 

 

“Fall On Your Knees” Awarded “Honourable Mention” in the Gallery Ring “Open” Exhibition

Honourable Mention; Joyful Art; Denise Gracias
Honourable Mention Certificate – “Fall On Your Knees” by Denise Gracias

September 2019

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.

 

To see more paintings by this artist, go to Gallery

 

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