In the Spotlight {my first 6-person show}

It was my intention as this exhibit came close to blog along the way, but it didn’t happen as I’d planned. Many things prevented me from painting early so when July came, I really had to kick it into gear and I felt the time crunch was so strong that any time I had for art had to be used for painting. So, sadly blogging took a backseat and I instead kept up to date on my Instagram page – which is much less time consuming. I apologize for not keeping you in the loop, here. I will endeavor to make it up to you!

As an introduction to the show that is still on display at West End Gallery until November 18th, here is a gallery of images bellow showing all the paintings that were created from July through the end of September.

You may also view them on my website along with some insider information of their symbols and themes.

This was the largest group of new paintings I have ever put together. Each one has an allegory about them. Having gone through some difficult life events, I have finally fused who I am and what I have learned with art {which used to be my escape}. Now it is my therapy, sounding board and a journey. But I don’t want it to be about me. I want you to find yourself in these images. I’m sure that you can identify with similar emotions and my hope is that these aren’t just paintings to anyone. They are symbols of truths and hope.

*Click on any image to start a slideshow 

 

All paintings are available through West End Gallery. Feel free to contact the gallery or myself if you have any questions.

Free to Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
ROMANS 15:13

 

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“Free to Hope” 5×7 oil, Prints Available

Lingering darkness, broken promises and unmet needs can leave us afraid to hope. Here, we lose the ability to believe things will get better. But our Storywriter is the God of hope and He extends to us the freedom of an abundant life. A life not separate from pain, but a life lived believing He’s writing a story that will have an ending so beautiful we cannot yet imagine.

With Christ, we have the freedom to hope that the darkness will lift, that He will keep His promises and that He is the only one who can meet all of our needs. No matter what occurs, God is our constant source of hope, joy and peace and in believing Him, we can freely soar in that hope even during the midnights of our lives.

 

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I used to be two different persons and this is the painting that began the process of bringing my two halves together. For years, I used my art to block out and push away parts of my life that I was tired of dealing with. Becky {as my friends and family know me} was a broken woman and she was absolutely banned from entering the art studio. That room was Rebecca’s happy place, where only pretty things could enter.

Rebecca could not be bothered by Becky’s morose countenance. The fear, shame and all the other foul bags Becky lugged around ruined any chance for painting or graphic design work to be completed. Plus, who wanted to be around that? Not Rebecca. Having no shame, nothing to hide, no fear {aside from the fear of success, of course}, Rebecca was doing herself a service by providing some needed respite. She had healthy boundaries and the calm studio needed to be protected.

This seemed like a good arrangement. Becky stayed outside the studio walls and worked on her own healing in the trenches while Rebecca enjoyed the relief of escape.  Yes, this was healthy. Until it was not.

Rebecca became numb and her art started to feel shallow.
Becky needed an outlet to help her express and process what she was learning.
They were both slowly dying without each other.

One day while Rebecca was setting up a still life, Becky entered the studio and started giving suggestions. Before either of them knew what was happening, the first collaborative painting between the two began and in the space of a few sessions, Rebecca painted what was on Becky’s heart and Free to Hope was created.

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Setting up all of the still life objects in their intended frame helped me make sure colors and elements were right for each other.

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A simple key and feather suspended in front of a cautiously cheery fabric symbolized to me that God was doing a new thing. The key gave me freedom from the bondage of hopelessness and the feather implies moving on in flight.

During some of my darkest years, I noticed an unintentional obsession with some new colors: one being aqua. Soft colors were soothing and aqua was that one shade that continually caught my attention over and over. Smother me in soft aqua, please.

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As I painted, parts of me began coming back to life. I started believing that my midnight would one day be over. And if I decided, I could turn the key I’d already been given and walk out of that hopeless prison and soar. Not because my circumstances have changed, but because my trust was in Someone who keeps His promises. He had promised me abundant life – that’s not dependent on what’s going on in my life. He promised me joy in the morning – so I know it’s coming. He promised me His everlasting love and His unwavering presence – so I know I won’t be alone. While painting and thinking on what being free to hope meant to me, my emotions started lining up with the truth.

Hope came.

Now, my once “happy-place” has become one of my “healing places”. It’s hard work and it’s painful, but that’s healing for you, isn’t it? Often healing is harder to endure than the injury. But there’s a purpose and an end in sight, and now I see there’s reason to hope.

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Keys to My Heart

 

And those who know Your name put their trust in You,
for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
PSALM 9:10

 

The deep red ribbon of God’s love and sacrifice holds us while walking through the darkness of our valleys. When we can’t be sure of anything else, we can cling to that one truth – the reality of His love. He sings over His children during each midnight and calms our fears in the chaos and filth. We can free fall into His hands and give Him access to everything we hold dear.

 Hand over the keys to your heart and every possible outcome of your life. As you release everything to Him, His perfect love sends fear away, His healing balm can finally be applied and He will bring you into a deeper knowledge of Himself.

 

Keys to My Heart Rebecca Finch

“Keys to My Heart” 5×7 oil, Prints Available

Sometimes life is so painful, all we can do is focus on one thing we know to be true to get through the day. God’s love for us is a foundation on which we can be grounded to ride out our storm. When we believe that God’s love for us is real, unconditional and perfect, we can fall back onto Him with a trust that is expectant.

We can expect that He has a plan for us, and it’s a good plan. We can expect that He will walk with us through this plan every single minute and give us what we need to sustain us along the way.

We can expect that we will come out on the other side, and when we do, we’ll look more like Him. “God’s love is not a pampering love, it’s a perfecting love.” – (James MacDonald, When Life is HardSometimes that perfecting is not what we want to be a part of. It hurts to know something about us must change or be given up, but it’s all wrapped up in that good plan He has for us.

And those who know Your name put their trust in You” – When we truly know who He is (and a huge part of Him is His absolute perfect love for us) it’s easier to trust and press into Him,  to accept whatever He says needs to happen, and to blindly follow through with the next actions He’s asking us to take.

He is a gentleman, though. God will not break in and invade. He waits to be invited, and when you give Him the keys of full access, He will come in to guide, restore, heal, take out the garbage and renovate your life. Trust Him for He is good.

Prints of Keys to My Heart are available on Rebecca’s Limited Edition page.

View the other paintings in Rebecca’s Keys to Freedom series.

Painting Demonstration {you’re the boss}

This week, I will be painting at West End Gallery from 5pm-8pm Friday, February 26th. And YOU can tell me what you’d like me to paint this week.

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 9.45.08 PMEach day on the Facebook event page and my InstagramI’ll post some items to choose from. Whatever item gets the most votes, will be in my still life on Friday evening. So, visit each day and vote!

Friday Evening:
Please join us all for an evening of artsy fun when several art venues will be open later in the evening for your viewing pleasure.

Visit the Facebook Event page for ALL of the details.
VOTE: on Facebook or Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

In His Presence {painting #1 in progress}

This week, I started the first painting for a 6-person show I’ve been invited to join this October. I’ve entitled the theme for my part in the show as, The Promise of Morning, read here for a deeper meaning of the theme. As you may know, this group of paintings will be different than any other I have ever put together. I’ll be pouring more into these paintings than I’ve ever put in my work before, and hopefully it won’t be just more of myself, but more of Him.

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painting #1 in progress

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The Promise of Morning {a coming exhibition in October 2016}

I was recently invited to be part of a 6-person show, “In the Spotlight II” at West End Gallery this coming October 2016. And I must say that it is PERFECT timing. I have recently made some changes to the way I do art and it has really altered the trajectory of my whole art career. {Read about the changes in a recent blog, here}.

I don’t even know what my career is going to look like in a few years. All I know right now is that God has brought the changes and I’m relying on Him for each next step.

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“Freedom to Hope” {5×7 oil sold}  •limited edition prints are available

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A Paradigm Shift in the Studio

 

Keys to My Heart Rebecca Finch

With the beginning of this recent Keys to Freedom series in January, a new way of painting made it’s way into the studio. For a while I used art as an escape from some painful times in my life. But I slowly realized that this was not going to help me process or work through any of life’s difficulties. So as I began this series, I was in the middle of trying to figure out what it would look like if I invited my whole self into the studio instead of banning from my artsy haven the part of me with all of those pesky issues. And from that change, the Keys to Freedom and Under the Shadow of Your Wings series’ were created.

Themes that I’ve struggled with and concepts I wanted to celebrate started to emerge somehow mingling with the objects I had decided to paint. This is only the beginning of this new purpose for painting. I don’t know what it will look like in the future, how long they will continue, or if I’ll put them in a book one day. Right now, I just have titles to help explain the themes, but soon I’ll be blogging about each painting to unwrap the gifts, whether painful or healing, in hopes that some of you may enjoy and identify with them.

Stay tuned for some encouragement and hopefully the continued assurance that you’re not alone as you walk your own journey.

Some of the original paintings have sold, but there are limited edition prints available. Order yours, here.