How my prayer was answered

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My friend and I volunteer to paint murals on the walls through out the hallways of the Veterans Administration hospital. The hallways were painted an institutional drab tan. Now, with painted murals, it brings life, joy, and contentment for the patients, staff and visitors as they pass through the halls.

One particular morning, I asked God for His blessing on a mural my friend and I were to paint. I prayed for direction, help and assistance to paint this mural.

Unlike my friend who is a professional artist, I am a novice painter. As like most novices we don’t see our mistakes and faults as well as others see them. Throughout the painting, my friend Stan found fault. He’d say your lines are not smooth, you need more value, use more water, or you’re holding your brush wrong. This was one of those days, he was not himself. I was ready to give it up and hand the brush over to him telling him, “if you can do it better, then you do it.” But I didn’t.

I just stood aside and watched him paint. Inside me, I pouted and I started to put myself down. I was thinking I’ll never be a good artist.

When I got home, I realized that Satan was telling me all those negative things. But, God answered my prayer from this morning. I asked Him for direction, help and to assist me. He did it through my friend Stan who told me my problems and showed me how fix them.

It was then I realized God was there the whole time as I painted. I seemed to have given up not only in myself, but in my faith, trust and belief.

God was there the whole time. My lesson is to focus on God not on myself. I pray this story may help others.

Below are a few murals we painted at the Veterans Hospital

 

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Old Point Comfort Lighthouse

18th century, American revolution, art, colonial, history, Lighthouse, outdoor painting, Outdoors, painting, Paintings, revolution, Virginia

I painted this picture from the water side near the causeways that protect the land from the slamming waves of the Chesapeake Bay.  The light of Point Comfort peeks through the luscious colorful tops of the trees.  At the foreground is an open field surrounded with a variety of old oak, maple and poplar trees.  For many decades, these trees survived the harsh element of mother nature.

Old Point Comfort Light House is located on the grounds of Fort Monroe in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay at Hampton, Virginia.  It was first lit in 1802, stands 54 feet tall, and played an important part in the War of 1812.  The light house is listed as a Virginia landmark.

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Country Girl

colonial, Colonies, farms, history, Outdoors, Paintings, revolution, smokehouse, tobacco house18th century, Virginia

This is a painting I did in acrylic and oil on a 14 x 10 x .50 stretch canvas board.

In this quaint country town of Smithfield, Virginia, the painting depicts a colonial girl pulling the wooden rugged cart to gather pumpkins.  Taken back to the kitchen, the pumpkins will be made into deserts and soup to help feed the militia.  The setting takes place at the Windsor Castle barnes during the 1700’s.

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American Goldfinch

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This is an 8 x 10 x .50 inch I did on a stretch canvas with a mix media of acrylic and oil. The painting is an American Goldfinch. This bird symbolizes: abundance, positivity, inspired energy. The spiritual meaning is to be blessed with good fortune.

American Goldfinch

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Blue Bird Gap Farm

barnes, farms, history, Outdoors, Paintings, Virginia

This is a plein air painting I did at Blue Bird Gap Farm.

The first known owner of the property on which Blue Bird Gap Farm now stands was Captain William Tucker. Captain Tucker bought the property in 1622.  Since then it has changed hands several times through out the centuries.  In 1969, the City of Hampton, Virginia acquired the property and opened Blue Gap Farm.

The 60-acre farm has around 150 domestic and wild animals; such as the typical farm animals, also it is the home to birds of prey, whitetail deer, llamas, alpacas, tortoises, peacocks, rabbits, and waterfowl.

On the property is a petting zoo, for the young and the young at heart.

Although this setting is surrounded by the interstate and the urban communities, it is a peaceful, quiet, and tranquil place. The atmosphere and environment mesmerizes you to the deep country life of days gone by.

 

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Fort Monroe, Hampton VA

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This is a plein air painting I did with acrylic paints on a 11 x 14 x .50 inch stretch canvas.  Inside Fort Monroe a moat surrounds the casemate, this is where I sat up my easel.

Built in 1834, Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort in the country.  It was a military installation located in Hampton Roads, Virginia, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.  Fort Monroe was decommissioned on September 11, 2011.  It now is a National Monument.

 

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Symbol of Spring

Birding, Birds, Outdoors, Paintings, Virginia

Symbol of Spring
This is an 8 x 10 x .50 inch acrylic/oil painting done on a stretch canvas board.
A robin is a symbol of spring in the United States. This bird is the state bird for Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. America’s popular songs featured this bird; such as “Rock’in Robin”, and “When the red red robin comes bob, bob, bobbin along”.

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