“He has called you by name”

Several weeks ago, I was talking to my friend about helping her with a painting for her bedroom wall. She wasn`t too specific, just a few things she wanted added. She told me her colors that she was using in her bedroom, so I kind of had the background colors in my mind to start. She told me she wanted it to represent how God had been with her this last year as she was walking the hardest journey that she had ever had to walk. During it all, He had been faithful. He had provided all she needed to get through the year, single, with her children.


And one more thing, somehow, she wanted her life verse to be on there… Isaiah 41: 10, “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”


First, I got the canvas wet so the paint would spread better, just with a wet brush, then…for the background, I used the blue, grey, white and silver a bit, acrylic paints with the palette knife to cover the whole canvas.   After I got the background done, it sat, and sat… for a few days…. I just didn`t have the next step clearly in my mind. then…. it sat a bit longer… Finally, I painted the back of her with her children on it. It was ok, but just a bit too cutsey to have for her bedroom. Then it hit me, to do the face that I have become accustomed to drawing, but in a different light… Kind of muted and not let the face be the main attention.. So, I muted in the people I had drawn, so you could barely still see them, but left them, to represent the past year, that it was over…



We all know the past, we can`t do anything about, it is gone, but it is our choice what we make of the present and the future. So with that in mind, I sketched her face with the faded ones in the background, and added some usual mixed media things…. LOL… stencil, spatter paint, and drips and more layers… Did her face, in a variety of colors, keeping with the theme colors…. and then… added some stencil flowers around her face, in her hair. I think they were my favorite part. I haven`t used them much, but when I used modeling paste on top of them with a palette knife, they were so crisp and clean. When that dried, I stained them a bit.. Here is a close up look at her face as I was finished..




then all of the additions…. and more stencils…




I added her gold cross necklace and the words…and called her finished.

I took it to my friend last week, and she received it with a hug and tears….

My part in this memory is done, but she is just beginning this new life of hers. My prayer for her is that He will continue to lead and shower her with blessings of friends to help her walk through this trial and to become who He wants her to become.

Happy Sunday!! linked with Sunday sketches   http://bluechairdiary.blogspot.com/

Have a wonderful new week!!




  1. What a beautiful painting. I am glad that you created such a lovely piece for your friend.

    1. Thank you Lisa!! Have a great rest of the weekend!!

  2. lovely painting. the colours go well with the verse

    1. thank you Jennifer. Thanks for coming by to comment. I hope you have a great new week!!

  3. OH, how beautiful! I’m sure it will give your friend much strength and happiness every time she looks at it. All the best to her.

    1. thank you Serena! I hope it will too, be a reminder to her , that she is not alone… and He can provide the strength she needs…. thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you have a wonderful new week!!

    1. thank you so much, Christine!! hope you have a great new week!!

  4. It is absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful painting and what a awesome gift to receive. you are a true friend to her.

    1. thank you Marijke… for your kind words. I hope you have a great week!

  5. Wow! Thank you for sharing this. Jane, I love it so much, I made one for myself – not nearly as beautiful as yours but it is so appealing to me. I will put my own Bible verse on there too. When someone else inspires us, it just seems to bloom and blossom before our eyes. So beautiful!

    1. wow Kandy!! I love hearing that you made one for yourself. I would love to see it!! Thank you for sharing that with me. It makes me happy!! Have a wonderful week!! thanks for coming by to comment!

  6. What an amazing piece of artwork you have created for your dear friend. It is beautiful. I loved reading about and seeing the different steps you took to reach your final piece. What wonderful talent and what wonderful creativity. I would love to have something this beautiful hanging in my room, too. Kudos to you on a gorgeous piece. genie

    1. Thank you so much Genie, for your sweet comments. I hope you have a wonderful week!!

  7. SHE is absolutely beautiful, Jane. Oh my gosh, I feel so incredibly emotional inside from this piece. Beautiful work.

    1. Oh, thank you Alexandra. You are so sweet to visit faithfully and encourage and inspire !! I hope you have a great new week!!! I so love seeing your creations!!!

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