Author Archives: Rebecca Finch

About Rebecca Finch

I'm a stay at home / work from home wife and mommy. Some say it's the toughest job in the world and I will admit that it's a very challenging balance. I take care of my little 1 year old dream of a baby boy. When I can squeeze it in, I paint in oils, illustrate for fun, meet graphic design deadlines, do photography sessions, and play the harp in church and for weddings, concerts and banquets. I'm thankful everyday for God's gift of experiencing and creating art in everyday life and I enjoy bringing it to others. Beautify your life!

Taughannock Falls, NY

This weekend, it seemed that everyone had the bright idea to be outside. Fall was making it’s presence known on this wonderfully warm autumn day.

Taughannock Falls autumn photography

We saw tons of professional photographers, and even one plein air painter enjoying the inspiring falls. Enjoy the view, we sure did! See more images on my website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taughannock Falls autumn photography

Taughannock Falls autumn photography


The Gift of the Magi

A beautiful Christmas classic illustrated with fresh whimsy. 

The Gift of the Magi

© Lisbeth Zwerger

I just had to share this book and illustrator before Christmas came and left. Lisbeth Zwerger is one of my favorite illustrators. She has a very old fashioned feel to her illustrations with toned backgrounds and stray sketched lines, however the composition (how the image is laid out and cropped, centered or off-centered, etc.) is very unusual and intriguing.

The Gift of the Magi

© Lisbeth Zwerger

“One dollar and eighty-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure — her long, beautiful brown hair.

Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift.

Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.”


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If you want to buy a children’s book this Christmas, make it this one. It will warm your heart. 
The Gift of the Magi

© Lisbeth Zwerger

Want more?

View more of Lisbeth’s work


 


Christian Art and Aesthetics

Does “good” art have to be beautiful? Here is an interesting video about the need for real life to be reflected in the realm of Christian arts in terms of music and visual art.

The video below accompanied an article on the Gospel Coalition Website and brings up some interesting issues regarding how Christian arts are and should be changing. Some feel the tone is pompous, and I feel that their complaint is a bit unfounded. Judge for yourself.

I do have a few thoughts after watching:

I do have to disagree with their opinion that too much Christian music is happily fake and too much like the unrealistically beautiful Thomas Kinkade paintings. Maybe I listen to a different grouping of music than they do but I tell you, a lot of what I hear is brokenness in music right now. The CCM artists are getting very real. Just listen to Blessings by Laura Story. There are hundreds of songs (maybe thousands) that also give the impression that the writer has come through a difficult time of life, and they’re not afraid to sing about it. Take “Down Here’s” newest album, or half of the songs from Jeremy Camp’s Unplugged album that share brokenness and pain are where we learn about God more, become stronger and more solid in belief in Him.

This song has been so powerful in my life. Jeremy Camp’s wife died of cancer after 4 months of marriage. He can still write a song about being in the greatest pain of life yet still believing in what God has promised.

I also say we need balance. They are saying there’s not enough real life. Well, for those who are going through the trenches, yes we need to hear the songs like Blessings, but we also desperately need the songs that give real hope. The songs that take our focus off our situation and bring us to the bigger picture of Who we serve, what He is like, and what our long term future holds. It’s necessary for daily survival. We need the songs that Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman are writing because we need relief from our situation. Not just fluffy happiness, but real relief that points us to our Creator and is a genuine comfort.

Yes, there needs to be a recognition that we are destitute and life isn’t perfect. Right now life is so painful I can’t take in all the facets in one glance and the days that I try to, my tears fall all day long and my body hurts. . .BUT I have a Savior and He is walking with me, helping me through, and I have His promises to lean on when I’m so distraught that my hands shake. There’s a difference between celebrating the truth of God in my life and putting on a fake front that everything is okay.

I’m saying that we need both, and in the music industry of CCM, we certainly have both.

As for Thomas Kinkade? As an artist, I agree with their perception of the artist’s opinion of him. But as a Christian? Maybe people’s lives are so difficult they need the warm glow for some relief. Again, balance.

Yes, the Psalms are full of David simply crying out to God in distress, but you can pretty much count on David in the last few verses to remind himself Who God is, and why he can be joyful even though the tears are flowing.


My Other Skills

You no doubt have seen some of my paintings, but did you know that I also do graphic design?

Here are some examples of the work I can do for you:

Logos and Business Card Design:

Promus Logo Design

Promus Logo Design ©Rebecca Finch

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Grace Baptist Church Logo and Business Card Design

Grace Baptist Church Logo and Business Card Design © Rebecca Finch

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Her Majesteas Logo Design

Her Majesteas Logo Design © Rebecca Finch

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Black Diamond Logo and Business Card Design

Black Diamond Logo and Business Card Design © Rebecca Finch

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Postcards, Brochures, and Bulletins:

Rothlynn Fine Art Logo and Mailer Design

Rothlynn Fine Art Logo and Mailer Design © Rebecca Finch

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techPartner Outside Cover Brochure Design

techPartner Outside Cover Brochure Design © Rebecca Finch

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Grace Baptist Church Bulletin Cover Design

Grace Baptist Church Bulletin Cover Design © Rebecca Finch

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Magazine Advertising Design and Photography:

Virginia Harp Center Magazine Ad for the Harp Column Magazine

Virginia Harp Center Ad for the Harp Column Magazine ©Rebecca Finch

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Camac Harps Photography and Ad for the Harp Column Magazine

Camac Harps Photography and Ad for the Harp Column ©Rebecca Finch

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Camac Harps Photography and Ad for the Harp Column Magazine

Camac Harps Photography and Ad for the Harp Column ©Rebecca Finch

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If you have graphic design needs, please contact me with details for a quote.

Want More?

Contact Rebecca for a Quote
See more work on Rebecca’s Website
Visit Rebecca’s husband’s Graphic Design Site: BFinchDesign.com 


From the Model’s Perspective

Long story short: I found the stop motion Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on Youtube for my little boy to watch, we snuggled for a while, it was wonderful. Then I started looking for other stop motion videos and stumbled on this one. I love the humor between the artist and the wooden model.


Viewing Earth from Space

“Around the World in 90 Minutes”
Check out this beautiful look at earth from space.
My favorite parts have to be the thunderstorms and the Northern Lights.

 

The background music in my opinion leaves a little to be desired. My suggestion? Mute this video and play one of these as you watch:

Greendjohn’s Smooth Depth  (Orchestral)
Chris Tomlin’s Indescribable 
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Chris Tomlin’s Wonderful Maker (Softer CCM)

Filmed by the crew and edited by Michael König, he states  “All in all I tried to keep the looks of the material as original as possible, avoided adjusting the colors and the like, since in my opinion the original footage itself already has an almost surreal and aestethical visual nature.

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night


What’s With the Weird Hats?

Help me rescue the poor stereotyped artist from the beret. 

Monet Sporting a Beret

Monet Sporting a Beret

Last week I asked on my Facebook Page, “When you meet an artist or see their work, what would you most like to know, but perhaps find yourself not asking?”. An unexpected but very good question came from one of my friends: “What’s with all the weird hats?”  I realized that I had no idea, but that it would be a good topic to research. So, here we go into a light history of the beret.

Rembrandt in a Beret

Rembrandt in a Beret

It’s an interesting hat that takes on many different subtle forms. It can be very tight and serious used for the military, some older versions are baggy, it is crocheted and knit, and has survived over 20 centuries of fashion. That’s quite a hat.

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Beret Wearing Carving

Beret Wearing Carving

The beret originated in the 5th Century BC  in Ancient Greece. They lacked seems and so they were water tight. Very handy.

Soon after, the Romans adopted the hat and reformed it into more of what we would recognize today. Only aristocracy could wear white berets and thus the beret achieved its first social symbolism.

In 1280, the hat appeared in France. Here is an image of a stone carving depicting a figure wearing a beret on a church portal near Orthez, France.

As a result of Napoleon’s soldier’s having worn the berets, the style was adopted by men and boys by the 1900’s and soon became a part of the standard French school uniform.

Cezanne Wearing a Beret

Cezanne Wearing a Beret

Artists and anarchists in France and eventually all over the world wore the black beret as cultural symbols. Its a little known fact but they actually keep their sandwiches in the bit that hangs down.

Answerbag.com said that only the wealthy wore hats and berets were more of bohemian style. A commenter noted that, “The Cyprus College of Art asks its graduating students to wear berets, instead of the usual academic mortar boards, at its graduation ceremony. Apparently it stated at the college as a bit of a joke, with the students dressing as left-bank artists at the graduation party, but now its become the official college dress.” So I guess berets will be making a comeback.

From Chacha (yeah, I know – great source, huh?) “Artists wearing berets is a stereotype. It originated with the artists of Montmatre and the Left Bank of the 19th century, the traditional starving artists’ areas of Paris.”

In conclusion, I didn’t find a lot of information about artists wearing berets, though.  It seems that it was just a common fashion for that station in life at that time in France and it has become a stereotype attached so strongly to the artist.

I myself wear a hat while painting, but it’s only to keep the light that shines on my still life out of my eyes. The bill-less beret won’t help with that so I use a baseball hat.

So, the next time you meet an artist or see one painting don’t assume that they’re really good if they’re wearing a beret and don’t assume they’re not the real deal if they’re only wearing oh say, a worn out old baseball hat.


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