Welcome to a bonus episode of Painting the Psalms!
I wanted to share a special episode of Painting the Psalms for those that haven’t seen this weekly video subscription series. In this one, we’re talking about rest. Not the kind of rest that we get from taking a vacation or even a nap, but the kind of deep, soulful, spiritual rest you can only get when you spend time with God.
Our focus this week is on Psalm 62:1:
“Truly my soul finds rest in God, my salvation comes from him.”
In this episode I mention briefly that I am a “superfan” of David. What I mean by that is I have a huge amount of respect and fascination about him. He was someone that had God in his heart from a young age and he was quick to praise him. But he also wasn’t afraid to let out the pain he felt and cry out to God when he was confused and hurting. The Psalms give us a well-rounded picture of David, from the king to the follower of God, from the boy shepherd who was blest to the man who made mistakes and grieved the pain they brought him.
This verse in particular showcases David’s appreciation for God. He is celebrating! And I wanted to paint this verse as a way for us to celebrate with him.
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Here’s what I used for this picture:
- 12 x 12 inch Canvas Board (Blick Studio Wood Panels)
- Pitt Pen, small brush tip, in black
- Regular gel medium (gloss) and a foam brush
- Various papers and ephemera to add interest (maps, scrapbook paper, music sheets, doilies, lace)
- Golden Fluid Acrylics, 2370 Titanium Buff, 1 oz
- Golden Fluid Acrylics, 2369 Teal, 1 oz
- Golden Fluid Acrylics, 2051 Cerulean Blue Deep, 1 oz
- Golden Fluid Acrylics, 2425 Cadmium Red Medium Hue, 1 oz
- Golden Fluid Acrylics, 2144 Cobalt Turquoise, 1 oz
- Paint brush
- Paper towls
- Small water squirt bottle
- Items to add texture
- Alphabet stamps and an ink pad (I used Cavallini Rubber Stamps Alphabet, Assorted with Ink Pad, Cavallini Rubber Stamps Alphabet (Lowercase), Assorted with Ink Pad, and Tsukineko 1/2 Fluid Ounce StazOn Multi-Surface Inker, Jet Black)
- Pan pastels in permanent red shade, neutral grey extra dark, white course pearl medium, red iron oxide tint (I like to buy these in groups, like PanPastel Artists’ Painting Pastels Sets, but you can also find them individually)
- Graphite pencil for some final marks.
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Now you’ve got a flavor of what Painting the Psalms is all about, but of course each week and each project is different. We’ve covered a variety of different techniques and supplies, and the content of the picture varies from Psalm to Psalm. Sometimes the picture has the words of the verse on it (like this project) and other times the pictures we create are inspired by the Psalms in some way but look very different, with a variety of scenes and finishing steps.
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