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Another art post (ARcTic post) that I’d like to share-

I want to offer ARcTic posts as a way to promote talented emerging and established artists and to share God’s word visually through art. The art that I will feature may or may not have been created from a Christian-minded artist. I want to share it here; to appreciate the work created as well as the talent that the artist demonstrates, always from a Christian perspective.

Introducing…

AmyFrankArt

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Amy’s art reflects her life with mental illness. Her art helps her with her bipolar disorder and she hopes that through her work, she can bring an awareness to the issues of mental health.

Amy uses black pen and pencil crayon to create her captivating images. She sent me “Eve” and “Arctic Hug”.

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I chose a powder rose mat for “Eve” and an ice blue mat for “Arctic Hug”. Both are in an espresso frame. Amy’s use of subtle colors softens the bold, intricate details of the black pen.

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1 Corinthians 15:45-49

English Standard Version (ESV)

45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”;[a] the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven,so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall[b] also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Both art prints remind me that God’s love is the same today as it was in the beginning of creation. Although corruption changed perfection to imperfection, we have hope in Christ because of His work on the cross. For those who put their faith in the finished work of Christ, we can look forward to a restoration in a new heaven and earth.

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About Amy

Amy Frank is a Canadian born artist and aspiring writer. In 2005, at the age of 18, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her artwork speaks to her journey with mental illness. Struggling with mania, Amy chooses to work in pen and ink so that she can’t easily alter her drawings. The detailed patterns she creates bring on a meditative state while the splashes of colour draw her out of her depression. Each drawing she creates tells a story. In this blog ‘Eve’, the first woman, is an interpretive piece which speaks to her journey with faith and spirituality. While ‘Arctic Hug’, the polar bears, speaks to the feelings of security Amy gains from the relationships she carries with her family. To know more about Amy or her artwork please visit her website www.amyfrank.ca.

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If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork featured on this ARcTic post, please contact the artist directly.

I’d like to thank artist Amy Frank for her participation and for the wonderful prints she provided.
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This is the first art post (ARcTic post) that I will be featuring this year on Notes From Dawn. (the polar bear blog)

I want to offer ARcTic posts as a way to promote talented emerging and established artists and to share God’s word visually through art. The art that I will feature may or may not have been created from a Christian-minded artist. I want to share it here; to appreciate the work created as well as the talent that the artist demonstrates, always from a Christian perspective.

Introducing…

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Carrie offers pen and ink drawings on her Etsy store. She sent me two prints that are from her wild animal series. The intricately patterned animal illustrations are bold and attractive and she displays the unique characteristics of each animal perfectly in this black and white medium.

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Resting Fox:

Foxes are beautiful animals, elusive and alert. Here Carrie has drawn a fox in a sweet resting position where he has found refuge. Psalm 4:8 comes to mind.

Psalm 4:8

English Standard Version (ESV)

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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Polar Bear:

Of course I found the polar bear irresistible! He is drawn reflecting his strength and beauty; nicely captured with a soft gaze and relaxing position. The pattern on his forehead reminds me of the sun.  A nice reminder to “be still and know”.

Psalm 46:10

English Standard Version (ESV)

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”

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He is shown off equally well in either a black frame or a white frame.

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iusa_75x75.9982060About Carrie

I live in Pennsylvania with Brad, my husband of 15 years and our two children Dakota 12 and Seth 2.  They fill my everyday with love and understanding.  That in itself is a endless source of inspiration and motivation.I have always drawn throughout my life but never trained.  I have kept my drawing journals to remind myself to keep creating and improving.  I often will have 10 projects going at once; wood-burning  sewing, painting, drawing, etc… I create because of an inner urge to do so but recently I have begun to sell my art on Etsy.  It has been a new source of inspiration and a new direction as well.  I was so hesitant to try and sell any of my art because of fear of my enjoyment of creating being tarnished.  It turned out to be quite the contrary.I love to draw in black and white pen and ink but dabble in different medias as well.  I get my patterns for my designs from microscopic slides, nature, textures and many more things I see everyday. I use Prismacolor Pens and watercolor paper for my originals.

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If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork featured on this ARcTic post, please contact the artist directly.
I’d like to thank artist Carrie Dietrich for her participation and for the beautiful pen and ink prints she provided.
 

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I’m delighted to share some of the Firefly books with you over the next several months!

What is Firefly Books?Firefly Books Ltd., established in 1977, is a North American publisher of non-fiction and distributor of non-fiction and children’s books. Firefly’s goal is to bring readers beautifully produced books written by experts at reasonable prices.

October book pick:

Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever

Pavement Chalk Artist
The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever

128 pages, 10 1/4″X 10 1/4″ X 9/16″
more than 85 color photographs

More than just traditional flat drawings, the works Beever creates are uniquely three-dimensional anamorphic drawings. They are drawn in perspective and distorted so the subject can be viewed properly only from one particular viewpoint. For those who are standing in the right place, his chalk drawings invite them to step right into the scene or, in the case of the artist’s well-known Swimming Pool in the High Street, dive right into the water.

Pavement Chalk Artist includes a fabulous selection of Beever’s most intriguing anamorphic drawings. Each one is accompanied by a description of the techniques he used and the challenges he overcame. These photographs record the development of his unusual skill and understanding of perspective. Readers can see how his art progresses and matures as he takes on commissioned works and a wealth of original, inventive subjects in locations worldwide.

My review:

Just as October amazes us with colorful scenery, this book is a collection of spectacular photographs showcasing the amazing sidewalk art of Julian Beever.

The book starts with a short introduction about the artist and a short explanation of anamorphic technique. The remainder of the book is full -page sized photographs of his sidewalk chalk drawings with a bit of a description about each project. This is a fascinating book that will delight those who love art and creativity. I found each art project to be full of details making for a scene that tells a story. Much like an ISPY book, it captivates an audience of all ages. Aside from being an awesome picture book, Sidewalk Chalk Artist is a good art resource book for home school students in middle thru high school for an observation of anomorphic drawings from a gifted artist. I would have liked more photos from different angles to see the distorted image as well as some progression photos of the projects.

 

“Making Mr. Snowman” is my favorite

My thanks to Firefly Books for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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