Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Oil Painting: Ice Wings

I have an oil painting to share with you today!  I do other forms of art besides cards, and I have decided to begin sharing some of it with you here. 
Oil painting is something I just began practicing.  I had done a couple other practice paintings before this one, but this is the first one that turned out!
I actually did it during the worship service at the church I attend.  I am really lucky that they let me paint during the service!  It is a way of expressing my love for God, just like singing is, and so they welcome that expression.  I sit at a table at the back of the sanctuary and paint there.  
I "saw" this butterfly, in my mind's eye and it looked like there was frost and snowflakes all around it.  It kind of blended into the blue-ish white background of the frost and snow.  I thought, strange, as butterflies do not fly in winter months, at least not up north where I live!  In my imagination, this butterfly's wings looked so frosty and beautiful.  I did my best to capture what I saw in my mind on the canvas here.  The dove above it just sort of "happened" as I was painting it.  One white stroke looked like  wing, and so I went with it. 
I think it is a picture of the impossible - a butterfly alive and well and flying in the winter months in freezing temperatures.  Makes me think of "With God, all things are possible!" And that we can "fly" and be free, no matter which season of life we are in, when we are empowered by the Spirit of God ( as represented by the dove). 


  1. very cool Crissy! I think it's a wonderful form of expression and how marvelous that your church allows you such freedom!

  2. Beautiful, Crissy. All our talents come from God and to be able to use them as an expression of worship, wherever we may be, is wonderful. Blessings to you :o)

  3. This is so beautiful - and your post brought a smile to my face too because I do artwork on my bulletin during the service!

  4. Wow, Chris! This is stunningly beautiful! (just stunning or beautiful were not enough to describe it)

  5. what an amazing painting and a wonderful way to praise our Lord

  6. Ohhh wowwww Crissy,so wonderful.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  7. Crissy, this is so beautiful. I love the frosty effect you achieved. How wonderful that you are allowed this freedom of expression in worship. Thank you for sharing this with us...and bless you for using your talents and gifts as an expression of love for God. Thanks as well for the reminder that all things truly are possible through Him. I have so enjoyed reading the "Heart" side of your blog!

  8. Gorgeous, so peaceful and magical! you are so talented!


  9. WOW!! Crissy this is just beautiful!! I love what you have created here and I had no doubt you would be into creating with all kinds of media!! Wonderful!!
    Jodi =)