WIP – Day 1

Christmas Eve, I was hard at work painting my first mural EVER in my Grandma’s basement. Well, Okay, it’s not strictly a mural, as we opted to have it painted on two 36×36 inch canvases, equalling a 72×36 inch canvass painting, instead of directly on the textured wall plaster.
And why, do you ask, was I painting this mural on Christmas Eve? Why, because it’s my Grandma’s Christmas present from me! xD (Alright, I admit it –quite the late start, right?)
Canvasses prepped, hung, and ready to go!
(We opted to paint the edges of canvasses black.)
I hate sketching. With a passion. Still, sketching is a basic and necessary evil in the art world. Here is my super quick sketch I did, trying to fit in proportionally everything that my Grandma wanted in her painting.

(She requested a tree – as I had just finished a landscape with a large tree in the foreground before a lake in the autumn with all the leaves changing. Then, she wanted the old family house – with the outhouse! – on the hill in the distance. Children playing in the tree. A tree swing. A road from the house down the hill. Her dad’s old red truck. And on and on, lol! I put my foot down when she mentioned a graveyard, as I didn’t think that would fit the mood with the children playing so well. :/ But I am grateful since this will give me good experience for any future commissions, working with a customer. 😀
To read a more in depth, step by step work in progress of this painting, I will be posting it on my website at http://www.soarts.net/. For now, I’ll give you a shortened version of Day 1 of painting here:

First I mixed paint for the exact shade of blue I wanted and painted in the sky:

Then I mixed paint for the green in the background and painted in both the background and foreground hills:

Then I painted in the basic shape and size of the tree with some of it branches:

(I didn’t paint in any details on the tree yet since the leaves will cover a lot of it up again.)
About this time, my little cousin Donovan, who seems to already love painting! Helped me out with the tree quite a bit! 😀
Then, I started on some of the basic details of the house and added some grey for the shape and path of the winding road:

(The white space in the lower right corner is where the old red truck will go. I didn’t have the picture of the old red truck before I started, so I will fill this in later.)
That’s all I had time to paint. I have a LOT more to do – all the details to put in, but it is indeed a start, with all the basic colors and shapes filled in. Acrylic paint is a wonderful medium to work with because if you don’t like what you did, you can just paint right over it.
Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to check out my website http://www.soarts.net/!
Merry Christmas!
^I’m a few days late writing this, but it’s never too late to celebrate the birth of the Messiah!
After painting, I got cleaned up, scrubbed away the paint from my hands and arms, and rushed off to meet my family at church for the Christmas Eve service.
The sermon was wonderful, comparing the symbolic lights, stars, and candles we use for Christmas decorations with the light that Jesus brought into the world.
1) Like Light, Jesus gives us guidance
By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.
Exodus 13:21-22
The pastor also told a joke, likening Jesus to a lighthouse:
      Below is a transcript of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of
      Newfoundland.
      Americans: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.”
      Canadians: “Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.”
      Americans: “This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.”
      Canadians: “No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.”
      Americans: “THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH. THAT’S ONE-FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.”
      Canadians: “This is a lighthouse. It’s your call.”
2) Like Light, Jesus dispels darkness
Light is stronger than darkness. Darkness can never extinguish light.
Jesus came to drive out the darkness. He can dispel the darkness that is lingering in your life.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5
 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
John 8:11
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:5-7
3)Like Light, Jesus gives life
The sun gives life to the earth – photosynthesis to plants, vitamin D to us, etc. – life is connected to light.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
John 1:4
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
John 1:9
Jesus overcame darkness with His life. He can overcome the darkness in your life.
Believe and be adopted into a right relationship with Jesus.
Once again, Merry Christmas!
And have a Happy New Year!
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