This is my final day of the challenge. This is Martha Butz my mom. Martha passed away in 2004 after a life long Lung condition. Breathing for her was a struggle her whole life and the last 20 years were especially hard. My mom was an over acheiver and she approached life with full force. For me she was one one of the most influential people in my life. She was an artist, and I always thought that I have the best traits of both my Mom and Dad. She was the one that at a young age saw some tallent in me and sent me to art class at the age of 8.
This Months Flower I chose the Holly Bush. This is not only green and red to go with Christmas, but it has deep meaning into the life of Christ and our salvation.
Holly is an extremely hardy shrub that can be grown in all fifty states of the United States, making it one of the few plants that can withstand temperatures from 110 degrees F to - 40 degrees F. The four hundred species of holly, ranging from dwarf holly plants six inches high to huge holly trees seventy feet tall, are native to all the continents except Antarctica and Australia. Holly plants are noted for their attractive red berries and glossy, sharp-toothed green leaves which remain on the plant year round.
I believe the saints are our road map to heaven and they want their stories told!
Several years ago I began a portrait series of painting the people in my life. I painted a few spiritual heroes in my life. More recent, I took a 30 day challenge to finish these paintings, painting one per day for a month. This turned into a deep search into my soul and finding the saints that moved me the most. I believe the saints are our road map to heaven. Each one of us has a handful of saints that we can relate to. They possess certain virtues that we already have or that we are deely in need of.
With their rich, autumn-colored hues, marigolds are the quintessential October birth flower. Early Christians called marigolds Mary’s Gold, and placed it by statues of the Virgin Mary. Brilliant and colorful, with a late-harvest warmth and a broad open bloom, marigolds signify affection and grace. Marigolds add so much fall color to your home so send a print in any size to those born in October.
Jesus appeared many times to this holy nun in the 1930’s and taught her about his Divine Mercy. He asked her to have a painting made of His image. He told her to write down all her notes in a diary where He closely told her the details of His mercy on souls. Pope John Paul II declared the first Sunday after Easter “Divine Mercy Sunday,” and by saying the chaplet of Divine Mercy and going to Mass on that day, Jesus promised to pour out his Mercy on mankind. We so desperately need the mercy of God in our world today and this Devotion is the answer. Speaking of Sr. Faustina and the importance of the message contained in her Diary, the Pope call her “the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our time.”
I have decided to join hundreds of other artists as we paint every day during the month of September 2015!
My theme and direction is to start several new paintings of portraits for my everyday saints series, painting the soul of the people in my life, and the saints that went before us. We are all called to be saints, which is the gradual transformation in God, in whatever stage or place you are in life.
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