Beauty in the Broken Places • A Painting Spotlight

Whether uncomfortable or devastating, short-lived or seemingly endless, we’ve all had pain and difficulty. I find though, that long amounts of time spent in the darkest places is where this phenomenon of seeing beauty while being broken is most evident.

Coastal-11 “Beauty in the Broken Places” • 6×6 $295 ©Rebecca Finch

As I prepared the Coastal series, I heard sentiments from those following the process such as, “Oh, I love sea glass!” It’s lovely to look at and touch. But isn’t it interesting how the allure to sea glass itself is only there because it’s been broken and ground down by the elements? Similarly, we love to hold a smooth rock in our hands – a rock that has been sanded by time in a river’s constant friction.

These things are pleasing only because what they have been though was rough, lengthy and altering. 

Over the last few years, time and grit have ground me down to what I hope will one day become a lovely yet strong character. I’ve seen many of my close friends crushed then rebuilt into women with deep wisdom, empathy and a richness of friendship to offer. What a mystery it is to be in the darkest of moments yet be able to see so many good things such as friendships, strengthened faith, character and opportunities to care for others that would never have existed if we’d not been temporarily ruined.

This is the gift that goes along with a crushing. Meaning and purpose become a blanket for the long night.

I’ve recently read about Kintsugi or “golden repair,” a Japanese art form where broken pottery is repaired with gold. There is no attempt to hide the imperfections. In contrast, the gold accentuates the broken places and gives value to the events occurring to the object instead of brokenness causing it to be discarded.

The gold in my broken places is the Lord who is slowly repairing and holding me together. As I see the veins of His golden healing in my friend’s lives, I’m comforted that beauty and victory comes from what should have been finality.

For those who trust in Him, He will mold the grit into a pearl. He will turn mourning into joy. He will shape the gravestone into a monument of His faithfulness. He has the last word on brokenness, and it’s a beautiful final Word: “It is finished.” 

 “My scars are significant and precious. I shouldn’t keep hiding them. I am recognizable by them; they make me unique. They are an integral part of who I am. They show that through Christ, I am a conqueror – that I have suffered and, by the Holy Spirit, have overcome… The dictionary says ‘a scar is mark left by a healed wound.’ A healed wound. My scars signify healing.” – Vaneetha Rendall Risner, The Scars that Have Shaped Me

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3


IMG_4285 (1) This year’s Christmas Products will feature the Coastal series from the 2018 Mosaic group show.

Coastal Products for Christmas Delivery are coming soon. 

Look for Coastal products from Redbubble, a 2019 Coastal Calendar and a brand new product that will all be revealed starting next week.

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2017 Calendar • The Promise of Morning

It’s finally here!! My first calendar.

 

calendar-sm-2I’ve been thinking about creating one for years and it just never seemed like the right time or I didn’t have the right paintings. After doing a group of paintings for my recent show at West End Gallery, it felt right. They all went together so well.

This group of paintings created for the 6-person show were so different than before. They had personal, almost allegorical meaning to me. The colors were symbolic and a lot of my current life journey is reflected in them. But I imagine when I begin to share their significance, that you may also find yourself and your own journey in them.

Order by Monday, December 12th to guarantee Christmas delivery!

 

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To introduce the calendar and further begin to explain the depth of the paintings, I wentlive on Facebook this week.

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Read about the Calendar

 

 

Visit my website for more information. There is a link to see all of the images and read about what “The Promise of Morning” actually means. The calendar is also available without Scripture.

 

 

 

 

 

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.
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.

The Gift of the Magi

A beautiful Christmas classic illustrated with fresh whimsy.

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.

“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.”

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

 

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View more of Lisbeth’s work

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

Into the Woods . . .

As winter approaches, we enjoyed autumn’s fleeting fireworks display.

Red Solo ©Rebecca Finch

Landon's Laugh ©Rebecca FinchMy husband and I take turns each week planning a little date. Only real rule is that we will devote some time to spend together to focus on us. And if we don’t get a babysitter for the little man, then we focus on our family and having fun together.

This week was actually my week to plan, but Ben was the one with the stellar idea so he went again this week. He took us to Tanglewood Nature Center where we enjoyed a little collection of various animals on display. It was fun showing Landon the snakes and fish, but I was most mesmerized by a case filled with bees busily working on making honey. It was just sitting there in the middle of the room  and we almost missed it. So now I must research the whole bee thing.

Park Grounds ©Rebecca Finch

After our trip through the displays, we walked one of the many trails surrounding the property and enjoyed the fall grandure that comes but once a year and doesn’t last nearly long enough.~

Flaming Tree ©Rebecca Finch

Flaming Tree II ©Rebecca Finch

Flaming Tree III ©Rebecca Finch

Landon's Smirk ©Rebecca FinchLandon really seemed to enjoy the ride – the very bumpy ride over leaves, branches, logs, and deep mud. Everything is an adventure and he was taking it all in.

Ben and I seriously have a thing for Birch trees. We love the contrast between the white trunk and the black branches. Add the fall factor and we are practically drooling. . . well at least I am.

Bright Birch I ©Rebecca FinchBright Birch II ©Rebecca Finch

Splash ©Rebecca Finch

Orange Flames ©Rebecca Finch

HawTHORN I ©Rebecca Finch

This is NOT a tree that you want to fall into. We couldn’t believe the thorns. They were both disturbing and beautiful at the same time.

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Autumn Berries ©Rebecca Finch

Trail Markers I ©Rebecca FinchAlong the path there were markers nailed to the trees to distinguish between the various trails. It seemed that they had been there for quite some time by the looks of how the trees were growing over them. Near the end there was a marker that was all but 1/4 ” swallowed up.

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Trail Marker Humor ©Rebecca Finch Trail marker humor. Har, har.

Crayola Fluorescents II ©Rebecca Finch

Spotted Leaves I ©Rebecca FinchWe enjoyed taking in the vibrant colors in the leaves. From the bright solid red to the spotted variations of red, green and everything in between, we enjoy pointing things out for each other to enjoy.

Enjoying Simple Things II ©Rebecca Finch

Enjoying Simple Things III ©Rebecca Finch

Welcomed Contrast ©Rebecca Finch

Crayola Fluorescents ©Rebecca Finch

Smooth Trunk ©Rebecca Finch

Well all of the walking that Ben and I did must have really worn Landon out because he fell asleep even as the trail was still quite bumpy for him. Such a sweet little babe. (collective, “awwww”)

Solitude for Dreaming ©Rebecca FinchThis seemed to be a perfect spot for some quality time with your honey. If it hadn’t been at the end of our journey or so chilly we might have stopped for a spell.

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Leaf Contrast ©Rebecca Finch

We had a wonderful time walking, chatting, pointing out God’s beautiful creation, watching Landon experience new things, breathing in that particular autumn fragrance while getting a little exercise at the same time.

Here’s a challenge for you to stop the busy pace, and do something leisurely and explorative to beautify your life. It’s a choice.

James Gurney’s Dinotopia

When I see a beautifully illustrated book, I feel like a kid again
and I’m filled with seemingly opposing feelings of calm and excitement.
Dinotopia Books ©James Gurney

The set of Dinotopia books by illustrator and author James Gurney make me want to curl up in a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate while having my sketchbook and paints within reach. What a wonderful new world of aged architecture, beautiful waterfalls, exciting pencil work, informative sketches and diagrams, and a solidly created foreign culture. 

Waterfall City

Waterfall City ©James Gurney

James’ work is stunning with a range of styles throughout – all of which I love. Some pages are filled with sketchy pencil drawings that look like he was standing there quickly sketching the houses, machines and dinosaurs in action knowing he needed to rush away to the next adventure. Other pages are fine art paintings that feel as though they were painted on location with the use of a french easel.

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