Sunday, August 28, 2011

August 28th “Contentious Times”

“Oh See The Light”

"The days roll on with more and more difficulty coming on our country. The latest epitaph of weather related trials lay before the East Coast with piles of uncertainty, destruction and downright trouble and problems. Every state has an emergency and is asking for relief funds. … and Mother Nature. There is no Mother Nature! But God Almighty seems definitely to be wanting our attention. Titus 3 encourages us be a people subject to rulers, obedient to authorities and do whatever is good.

Now’s the time to reach out to those around you and help them not because you have to or you have something to gain, because you are not your own you are bought with a price to be used not for your own pride or will but for His glory.

May He who holds everything in His hand protect you and yours. Trust you’ll make it through the hurricane and the days that follow!”

“We were foolish and disobedient, deceived and enslaved
Not seeking Him, wanting to live for ourselves above the wave
Not putting Him first and doing what was good and right
Not doing what He wanted; not being salt and light
Let the winds of heaven remind you this very day
To move beyond yourself and seek Him in a new way!”

“Paintings can remind us that we have no control. Trust you’ll make it through the hurricane and the days that follow. Communicate with you soon!”

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

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMXI Auld, Ltd

Sunday, August 21, 2011

August 21st “Assuming”

“Storm Brewing”

"The process for painting starts with a concept, idea, or vision. It can be spontaneous or part of some series of continual related subjects. It then moves to a series of drawings and I believe a creative plan of execution. There are thousands and thousands of variables, but the clearer the focus on the vision the clearer the execution. The more focused you are on the vision, the more lucid the execution of that vision. You have to take many of your assumptions and throw them away. Too often we get distracted by meaningless talk, and meaningless ideas of others. When thoughts and real facts aren’t given credence, we tend to build things that seem perfectly logical in our own mind, but in truth and reality worthless. When artist and painters communicate with themselves in a clear logical, truthful manner, it produces less roadblocks to the execution of the work.

Life, marriage and relationships have these same issues. Thinking you can judge someone on their state of mind by your slated viewpoint and a selfish, prideful interpretation doesn’t mean it’s right. Often people who think it’s all about them, Instead of seeking out that individual and taking time to discuss and communicate the situation will opt for digging in their heels and spouting off about all that’s happening to them. Maybe they are trying to warn you? Maybe they want you to see things for yourself? Maybe moving on doesn’t mean to them what it means to you? Maybe they’re aware of how much and how far you have gone away from your core and are concerned for you?

John MacArthur from his sermon “Responding to the will of God” from James 4:13-17 states:
“And though my obedience is imperfect, it is nonetheless characteristic of my relationship to Him as His child bearing His nature that I have a desire to do His will. On the other hand, if there is in the heart no desire to do the will of God, that is the mark of a rebel, that is the mark of one who has not been transformed, one who does not love God.”

An artist, painter must concern themselves with the reality of truth, the message of the medium and the execution of the plan to accomplish the vision to an actuality. Truth in communications is vital, assumptive communion is the death of a work.”

“Writing your understandings and facts
Often helps others who are taken back
Things mean more when Scripture’s heard
Nothing beats the truth of His Holy Word
Say and do what you want, but if it ain’t right
Remember you are never out of His sight!”

“Paintings need to cause a reaction and move you. Do you have a desire to do the will of God or is your vision clouded? Have a great week!”

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

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMXI Auld, Ltd

Sunday, August 14, 2011

August 14th “Blinded Without Being Blind”

“TimeTogether -Rockland Harbor, ME”

"When one takes paint to canvas there are a whole bunch of things that happen. If there is no plan and no experience, we see the results. If there is experience, skill and training, we see the difference in a dramatic way. In either case there are a series of questions, answers and directives. Each decision will play a part in the outcome. Sometimes those decisions which placed the future outcome of the work demands to be reworked or completely redone. Often this is the result of poor planning, poor execution, or our thinking getting ahead of ourselves. One artist says he starts out and as soon as he does his work it is nothing more than a series of corrections. There is a means and method and when ignored it often comes back to bite.

We are all sinners, guilty, and the world is moving toward death. Nothing from original creation is the same. It never stops changing and it’s all dying in its own way. The Bible says,”the heart is desperately wicked”. It is always trying to justify itself, especially if we make decisions contrary to Scripture and the truth. In today’s world, we fight these decisions each and every day. As in painting, we all can choose, but often our choices should be looked at carefully. We have time and the ability to visit them and change the outcome.

John MacArthur from “Above Reproach” puts it this way:
“The person who neglects ethical integrity is telling a lie about God with his life and his attitude. If he calls himself a Christian and professes to be a child of God, he is in fact taking God’s name in vain at the most fundamental level. That puts the issue of ethical integrity in perspective, doesn’t it?

That’s what we need to call to mind whenever we are tempted to adapt our ethical principles for convenience’ sake. It isn’t worth the high cost to our reputation, our character, or our testimony.”

“Sin is always stepping in and trying to change life
Nothing is the same with the curse on man and wife
Influence and choices lead to what comes about
Maligning words and misguided truths births doubt
Forfeiting the right to have anything to say
You forsook all and choose to go your own way!”

“Paintings teach us and remind us of just how fragile life really is. Make the right choices or remake those you should change. It’s not too late. Have a great week!”

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

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMXI Auld, Ltd

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 7th “Like Not Love!”


"Artists paint and paint and paint some more. The other day I read an article from an author who said he was an artist. He was seeking advice on how to sell his work and how much they were worth. He started by saying he didn’t want to brag, but he was a really, really great artist and his paintings were really, really something. At the end of his writing he said he had not been to art school, hadn’t been to college and hadn’t graduated from high school as of yet. It left me with the same feeling I had when I was asked by a fellow artist, will I be more famous if I use oil or acrylic?

Paintings are works that engage you and can even bring you to your knees. Viewers as well as artists can have feelings and emotions about the works they’ve seen or produced, but it’s not true love. Often there is that question, “What is true love?”

John MacArthur in his sermon, “Love: A Feeling, or An Action? From Corinthian 13 tells the difference
Here is a couple of excerpts:

“Few people have any idea of what true love is. Most people, including many Christians, seem to think of it only in terms of nice feelings, warm affection, romance, and desire. When we say, “I love you,” we often mean, “I love me and I want you.” That, of course, is the worst sort of selfishness, the very opposite of agapē love.

Self–giving love, love that demands something of us, love that is more concerned with giving than receiving, is as rare in much of the church today as it was in Corinth. The reason, of course, is that agapē love is so unnatural to human nature. Our world has defined love as “romantic feeling” or “attraction,” which has nothing to do with true love in God’s terms.

The supreme measure and example of agapē love is God’s love. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). Love is above all sacrificial. It is sacrifice of self for the sake of others, even for others who may care nothing at all for us and who may even hate us. It is not a feeling but a determined act of will, which always results in determined acts of self–giving. Love is the willing, joyful desire to put the welfare of others above our own. It leaves no place for pride, vanity, arrogance, self–seeking, or self–glory. It is an act of choice we are commanded to exercise even in behalf of our enemies: “I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:44–45). If God so loved us that, even “while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Rom. 5:10; Eph. 2:4–7), how much more should we love those who are our enemies.”

“The convoluted acts that we think are facts
Never spending time to see where it lacks
Never looking deeply in our minds and souls
Standing on presumption ever so very bold
But the curse is deep and strong tearing us apart
We so need the only remedy there is for the heart!”

“Find a painting that crystallizes the memories of your mind and brings you to the truth. Have a great day and a good week!”

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

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMXI Auld, Ltd