Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 31st “Mixing Marriage, Love, And Roses”

“Two Roses For You”

" A rose is a rose. Not Really in today’s world or symbols, brands and messages! I really like the above painting and enjoyed doing it. Set in a surreal setting the painting has the color, the balance, the detail, and the emotional feel that roses portray coming from each detailed petal. Roses are identified to have different meanings. Red is to symbolize love, yellow joy and friendship, white remembrance and new beginning, and black or dark red roses mean the death of a relationship or heartfelt regret, sorrow, or termination.

Here we see the red rose, the unmistakable expression of love, and the pink rose conveying admiration, joy, and gratitude. Here’s “Two Roses For You”!

True painting expresses human emotion. That emotion may be the emotion of the artist personally or the emotion the artist wants to evoke in the mind’s eye of the viewer. At some point the artist in his concept of his direction to execute a work creates a design or methodology to transform a white canvas into a meaningful expression.

In John MacArthur’s sermon on “Assault On God’s Design For Marriage” He states:

“The Bible says that families are built on spiritual foundations, not psychological ones, not emotional ones. The Bible says that what is most important in a good marriage is love for God overruling love for self. What is really important in a good marriage is the pursuit of the needs of others rather than your own. What really matters is having a submissive heart that cares more about the other, true spiritual joy, gratitude, devotion to God and His Kingdom and His purposes and His glory, true holiness, obedience to Scripture.

In other words, marriage is just a place where you live your Christianity. And if you live it right, it's a happy, productive, fulfilled and blessed event every day. If you don't, it is fraught with pain and disappointment and unfulfillment and sadness and anger and all the rest. It has nothing to do with some human techniques of touch, or romance, or intimacy, or communication, or even financial security, and everything to do with your relationship to God”

Paintings can be changed, repaired, and redone. If a work does not bring about the artist’s necessary approval level of it being complete then the painting demands more attention, insight, and work. God is in the repair and recovery business. Allow Him to wash away the old crusty, dried, used up paint and create a virtually new brush for His glory and His use in evoking people to who He truly is.”

“Lives are marked by dates and times and yet we do not see
We live as though nothing matters fantasizing on what might be
We throw away the markers and those of whom we did care
Focusing in on our own self is what we want only to be aware
The choices made along the way become our signature on time
But we don’t forget these records as they press upon our mind!”

“Painting can express human feelings, but feelings cannot guide you in life. Hope you have a great week!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 24th “Separation Painting & Marriage – No!”


"I was reminded this week in doing some glazing and transparent overlays of just how great a technique it is and how careful you have to be. Knowing what you are doing and why will cut down on the frustrations as well as the pain. Many people think that just by applying the right brand of paint to a properly stretched canvas will produce a wonderful painting. Easy peasy, right? Not so! Each medium has its rule, regulations and disciplines. When you don’t let a transparent overlay dry properly, it will separate and pull away from the previous layer. Go over it too many times and you’ll notice it separating and building up right before your eyes.

I was made aware of the word “separation” in Christian marriage by John MacArthur, whom I mentioned last week, in a dialogue he has on his sermon messages titled “A Dialogue on Divorce”. He makes his sermons available to everyone on the web, here are his comments:

“The Bible says one thing about separation. And it says that a husband and a wife are never to separate unless it's for prayer. People say, "Oh, you know, let's separate for a while it will be good for us." It's never good. You can't accomplish anything when you're not together. So the Bible doesn't say anything about it. Now, as I say, there may be times when you have to separate to protect your own physical body or to take your children and save their necks as it were from an abusive parent. But as far as separation the Bible says in I Corinthians chapter 7 that there is to be no defrauding of one another, physically, no separation except for a season of prayer. And that would be where you were so overwrought with some spiritual need that your life was just totally consumed with that spiritual dimension. But as far as just separating for some reason or other, there's really no such thing in Scripture.”

Too often and often too late we are reminded of the simplicity and the complication the proper regulations and disciplines would make to our relationships.”

“Was a time when what’s before us didn’t matter anyway
All too often we let others and things change our way
Instead of being one against a world that always opposes
We let life and circumstances come at us in heavy doses
People think there is no turning back or making amends
The thief on the cross changed paths just before the end!”

“Paintings, great paints come from diligent, ardent work within executable disciplines. You can’t change the rules to conform to what others say or presumptions you’ve made. Pretty similar to marriage and divorce is it. Have a great week!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17th “Whose Standard Really Counts?”


"Paintings make you ponder. As I was looking over some of my files I noticed some out takes I had collected from John MacArthur’s book, “The Fullfilled Family”. If you have one, had one or are looking to have one, it’s a great revealing read. A lot of it won’t make you comfortable, but it will point out a few of your flaws which will bring you to your knees. It will also give you some clear insight into a lot of where we are today. Here’s just part of one of the chapter’s introductions:

“The Christian standard of living is different from that of the world. As believers we are to be salt and light in a decaying and dark society. God calls us to be different. Unfortunately, that isn’t easy when we become victims of society. Sometimes, we become so deeply engulfed in the world’s system that even though God’s Word speaks clearly on certain issues, we have a difficult time hearing, understanding, and applying its teachings.

Over and over, the New Testament calls us to another level of living, another style of life, another dimension of existence. It calls us to new thinking, new talking, new acting, and new ministries. For example we are to “set [our affections] on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2); we are to “put on the new man” (Eph. 4:24; cf. Col. 3:10); we are to “walk worthy of the vocation to which [we] are called” (Eph. 4:1); and we no longer walk as the Gentiles walk or function as the world functions (Eph. 4:17). In other words, we have been translated from the “power of darkness” into the “kingdom of [God’s] dear Son” (Col. 1:13).

We don’t think as the world thinks; we don’t act as the world acts; we don’t talk as the world talks; we don’t set goals that the world sets; and we don’t do the things that the world does. We are called to be distinct. Our distinction is our identification with God. The hope of humanity is that in seeing the distinction they would be drawn to Jesus Christ. The whole objective for the believer is to be unique, different, set apart. And the key is in Ephesians 5:18: “Be filled with the Spirit.” The only thing that will separate us from the world is to be filled with the Spirit of God. If we’re filled with the things of the world, there will be no difference.”

“Breaks and cracks and decay always needs attention
Roles we play and what we’ve done we don’t mention
So often we see things from one point of our very doing
With the worldly ways and influences we end up suing
We throw life away without ever really talking in kind
All is said and done, presumption has taken our mind!”

“Put a painting on each wall, the love of God in your heart, and be filled with His Spirit! Have a great week!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMXI Auld, Ltd

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 10th “Being Heard Above The Noise”

“She’s Waiting”

"An interesting technique used by many oil painters is called “Impasto” where paint is overlaid in thick brush strokes or using a palette knife. The technique can serve several expressions of the artist. He or she can use it for emphasis or action, calling attention to a certain area. Second, it can be used to reflect light and show surfaces and thirdly, it can cause more of a three-dimensional affect. You can say its message can be heard above the noise.

Have you ever been in a situation where one person likes to control the conversation and even wants to answer all the questions even if it’s not directed at them? Most of the time it’s pretty rude and self centered, especially when people are interested in having those questions answered by the individuals of whom they were asked.

Impasto can be like that. It can over take and overwhelm a work. It can be the center of attention and the center of a message. It can have the expression be all about them. In the arena of paintings, It takes a lot of skill to integrate this technique either completely into a work or use it for a single purpose.”

“Each day moves forth with its own demands
The cost of our action we often don’t understand
Making judgment is part of living every day
Often those responses cause us to go astray
One thing leads to others giving unwanted fallout
Only “One” to trust to bring you through the doubt!”

“Paintings can feed your life. They make you stop, ponder and see things more clearly, don’t miss the messages because you’re stressed or don’t have time. Have a great week!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 3rd - “Happy 4th of July”

“Hatch Shell at the Boston Esplanade”

“Remember, be thankful, celebrate, and have a great week!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"
Douglas Auld
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