BECAUSE OF HIM: Resurrection Day…Jesus expressed in imagery


THANK YOU.

THANK YOU….

Hi, my precious blog readers and all! My posts are often laced with friendly sarcasm and goofiness, but sometimes it’s time to be serious! Friday was Good Friday. It was Holy Saturday, yesterday (this commemorates the day Jesus was laid in his tomb). Today, of course, is Resurrection Day (I call it that because of the fact Easter and the commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection are not the same thing because the word ‘Easter’ supposedly stems from the name of a fertility goddess & Easter is actually pagan in origin: CLICK HERE to read the truth).

On Friday, I posted a small article about Good Friday and mentioned that I would post another write-up involving images. These images represent Jesus’ self-less love and God’s love for His son & humankind. God allowed for Jesus’ death knowing that he was the ony truly undefiled, pure way for us to have forgivance, but it is people whom actually commited the ACT of killing Jesus. God did not kill his own son (people seem to say that when they are at odds with God and want to find fault with Him). And God made sure to use only the divine power that only He has to resurrect His son so that Jesus now lives eternally. He loves His son! He loves us! If we accept God & Jesus, live with God in our spirit and live a righteous life (making real efforts to move away from sin), we also can have everlasting life. Just for God & Jesus’ act of loving us is enough for me to love them, too. How about you? They love us and watch us everyday, but they do not love our errors (we all have a habit of doing our will and ignoring God’s Will…doing OUR will involves all types of sin and these sins also include issues of morality-same sex marraige and abortion for ex.-that people try to make right to suit what THEY want while totally going against GOD’s nature and His purpose for us). I don’t intend to seem perfect (I’m a sinner working on myself, too). I also don’t intend to bash people over the head, here, but life is too serious to fool around with it; the truth should be told. Christianity is the one and true way as it involves grace as the way to salvation. All other religions involve having to DO things in specific ways to gain salvation. But with Christianity, grace (undeserved love & mercy) is FREE; we just have to EARN eternal life by accepting God & Jesus (and truly loving Them by the way), living right and having a good heart (because DOING good does not mean your HEART is good).

I know this is an art-based blog, but my spiritual life is very important. Of course, in this post, I have tied in images for the sake of spirituality and art.

Below, I have also included wallpaper-type images (I am a wallpaper fanatic). I hope you enjoy viewing the artistic renderings and interpretations of  & about God and Jesus while gaining inspiration and reflecting on your connection/relationship with Them. If you are a nonbeliever, I hope this can help to open your heart:

* For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever *
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

Detail: Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Fresco. 1508 to 1512. Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Detail: Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Fresco. 1508 to 1512. Sistine Chapel ceiling.

God is an Awesome God

If God is For Us

God made me and will can me

God Rocks

From truli.net.

God Direct My Life

Never Thank God Enough

God Will Do the Rest

the closer you walk with God

God is Big and Powerful_Keep Calm

God id NOT an option

God is Love 2

* Crucifixion *

Jesus bore our sins

Cristo Crucificado (Christ Crucified) by Francisco de Goya.Oil on canvas. 1780.

Cristo Crucificado (Christ Crucified) by Francisco de Goya.
Oil on canvas. 1780.

* Michelangelo’s Rendition of Mary with her son, Jesus *

Pietà. 1498-1499.Marble, 68.5" x 76.8" (174 cm x 195 cm)

Pietà.
Marble. 1498-1499.

* Entombment *

The Entombment of Christ by Caravaggio.Oil on canvas. 1602-1603.

The Entombment of Christ by Caravaggio.
Oil on canvas. 1602-1603.

* The Resurrection *

Resurrection of Christ by Edward Knippers.Oil on wood. 2007.

Resurrection of Christ by Edward Knippers.
Oil on wood. 2007.

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Jesus_Resurrection

* Ascension *

The Ascension by Dosso Dossi.16th c.

The Ascension by Dosso Dossi.
16th c.

* Text-Based Images *

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Jesus Christ Our Hope by Coswyn. Find art by Coswyn HERE.

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* Images with Text *

Jesus took his place in a manger

From crosscards.com.

When Revelations has been fulfilled, Jesus will return. In this time, humanity is also being given a chance to accept God & Jesus and of course to love Them (the fact they love us & want the best for us is cause for us to love Them). The fact we are being given this time period of chance is mercy and love.

When Revelations has been fulfilled, Jesus will return. In this time, humanity is also being given a chance to accept God & Jesus and of course to love Them (the fact they love us & want the best for us is cause for us to love Them). The fact we are being given this time period of chance is mercy and love.

I_Love_Jesus

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the light of Jesus

Jesus will catch me

Jesus is My Superhero

Not Ashamed of Jesus

* Follow Jesus *

Jesus13 Follow Jesus_Bible_scripture

Jesus14 Follow Jesus_Twitter

Jesus has no tumblr but I follow

From joshmaldito.tumblr.com.

jesus11 Follow Jesus

Jesus12 Follow Jesus_Footsteps_beach

* Crosses *

Calvary crosses

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pink cross

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Think this is by an artist going by the name ‘silver leaf’. Can’t remember what source I saw this at.

flaming cross

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I hope that you loved viewing these images and that they helped to remind you of a great and loving act. If you are not a believer, I hope this will inspire you to be. God and Jesus are waiting…

  • READ ABOUT JESUS’ SENTENCING, CRUCIFIXION & DEATH HERE IN JOHN: CLICK
  • READ ABOUT THE ABOVE IN MATTHEW: CLICK
  • READ ABOUT JESUS’ RESURRECTION, APPEARANCE & THE PURPOSE OF JOHN’S GOSPEL HERE: CLICK

** Matthew 28:16-20

New International Version (NIV)

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus and the Cross on Calvary

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BECAUSE OF HIM: Good Friday


THANK YOU.

THANK YOU….

Hi, my precious blog readers and all! My posts are often laced with friendly sarcasm and goofiness, but sometimes it’s time to be serious! It is Good Friday and since it is such a special day about such a remarkable act, I wanted to do a post on this.

Jesus did a good (technically he did a profoundly awesome) thing for us: sacrifice. Because of his purity and his sacrifice as a oure being, we have a chance to commune with God, we have a chance to be better & to be forgiven (with sincere repentance and a sincere effort to do God’s Will) and we have a chance to live forever in peace. I am glad Jesus made it through and now lives forever, too. His Father made sure of that; Jesus sits at his Father’s right hand and is King.

Jesus is King

Thank you, God and Jesus, for loving us and for bestowing grace upon us more than what we deserve. Your love is beyond much and simply for that love, I love You. Amen.

Sunday afternoon, I will post some beautiful images representing Jesus and his unfailing, unchanging love for humankind. Have a wonderful night (or day) and reflect on Jesus.

** John 19:28-37 **

New International Version (NIV)

The Death of Jesus

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

JESUS Name above every name

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THE LORD LEADETH ME TO A COOL NEW JOB: and it’s in my field of study!!


GE x500; a gift from a friend a couple years back. I've two digital camera, but this is my my main one and it's almost for me what that blanket is for Linus. I HEART it!

GE x500; a gift from a friend a couple years back.
I’ve two digital camera, but this is my my main one and it’s almost for me what that blanket is for Linus. I HEART it!

A new year can often mean new beginnings that you didn’t see coming, but had hope for; my hope was fulfilled Jan. 3rd….

…I GOT A NEW JOB!

Thank God most definitely! After months of searching (yes, in this economy, weeks become months), I have been sent what I need (a job) and what I want (a job doing something in my field of study-in this case digital photography)! I know this will be awesome on my resume. My title is an e-commerce lister. That’ll look and sound good on a resume, too. I explain more about my position below; keep readin’! I mean, I am so happy to have gotten this opportunity after sooooooo long, I wish I could put star stickers around this job on my resume, but I would NEVER be taken seriously by any future employer, so I guess that is not realistically possible.  : (

Here is a run-down of what happened toward being hired: One day, I went to a job center that I’m registered with, as I built an occassional habit of doing, to write down a slew of jobs off their helpful board. I also went there to get advice on re-doing my resume. One of the receptionists there, Laurie, gave me great instructions on re-doing the resume and she also told me about some positions that their company was hiring in (they are a job center connected with that company). She felt my experience with computers, administrative assistance and my Adobe Creative Suite knowledge would work well with a few of the jobs. So, I went home feeling more confident & renewed (if you have ever spent a LOT of time job-hunting, it can have darkly depressing moments). I redid my resume and I also applied for the e-commerce lister and e-commerce scanner jobs the receptionist told me about. I didn’t know how many people might apply, so I wasn’t going to wait even a day later. (By the way, e-commerce, as you may know, is electronic commerce: it is the buying and selling of product or service over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks). Maybe about two or three days later, I received a phone call from the company about an interview. I was psyched just by that! It was as if “interview” really means “you got the job”!

So, the next day (Jan. 3rd), I prayed, also asking God to go with me and to help me to say the right things (if you pray and if you are connected to God, you know about prayer; I often pray about things & about doors opening for me career-wise) & went to the interview. At the interview with the e-commerce dept. head, Amy, I was just myself and natural. Everything she asked me concerning my skills I answered with belief in myself. And I also kept constant eye contact (a mark of sincerity). She noted many things I related on my resume with pen and seemed enthused with me and about their fairly new e-commerce department. She also perked up more when I talked to her about my enthusiasm for digital photography, saying it would work well in this field as products are shot and posted online in their online store. After the interview, she said she’d follow up with me on Monday via phone and that she still had two more interviews, but that she really felt I fit the position. I smiled beams of sunshine inside myself when she said that! She showed me around the facility and introduced me to some of the staff in the e-commerce department, telling the dept. supervisor that I was “friendly” and other positive things… *sunshine!*

When I got home, I still felt confident and just resigned my spirit to wait until Monday. I made any jitters hit the bricks (being nervous doesn’t help). I was positive. Instead of waiting until Monday, a few hours later I got a call from Amy. After the greetings, she said something along the lines of: “Would you like the job?” I said: “Hell friggin YEAH I want the job! I want to cartwheel into your office right NOW!!” LIE. I didn’t say that, but I felt that way. What I REALLY said was: “Yes, I do!” And then a slew of ‘thank yous’ spilled forth like suns, smiles and hearts exploding out of my mouth like a manga character or something. My roommate smiled because now I can help MUCH MUCH better, lol). I smiled so widely at my roommate, I think I may have verged on this:

The good news matches this awesomeness...

The good news matches this awesomeness…

Amy even said, “I just wanted to make sure noone else gets you.” Now, I am one of the most humble persons one can meet, but that there made me feel pretty dang good…

I am the 2nd spot. One more person will be hired to work with me and one other person in that position (3 people). I will be starting Monday as an e-commerce lister. I explained e-commerce above (though most people know what it means, anyway). I will be one of the person’s behind the listings and descriptions of merchandise on my company’s online store and I will also be photographing the merchandise…right down my alley, yeah!! I won’t be using my GE x500 camera (shown in the 1st image above), but I will be using their Nikon, also a fine camera. I will also be using the fabled Mac computer (I haven’t used a Mac since college). If you are an artist and you are found out to not have a Mac as an artist, people look at you like you just morphed into a villainous purple and green monster before their very eyes! “You don’t use a Mac??!! Get thee back with your error!! Gaaaasp!!” Yes, Macs are like computer gold in the media world. Amy even said that with my art degree, I can add an artistic bent to the photographs. Even when I was being shown around the photographing/staging area, my brain generated images of the cool perspectives I can give a skirt on a mannequin or an electronic device or a pair of shoes. If you love photographing things and have a creative slant on it, you know how exciting that would be! A photographer can find artistic value in a beat up garbage can on a lone, grimy, bare street by using the right angles and filter…and it will become the classiest, most sophisticated garbage can on a grimy street that you EVER laid your eyes on! But I digress. I remember telling my new boss how excited I was. Goofy, yeah, but TOTALLY sincere…

Speaking of sincere, I sincerely thank God. VERY MUCH. Like THIS WIDE___________________________________________________________________________________________. Well MUCH more than that, I just do not have enough space for all that line. It would go on forever. Just imagine an infinite length…that is how grateful I am! With all of the challenges, red tape, closed doors and hard-heartedness in this world, it’s easy to be refused and; therefore easy to get discouraged. I got discouraged plenty of times. Many times, discouraged enough to wanna smack up every HR department that is in existance. I’m a believer, but I’m also human. But though I was discouraged, I managed to pick myself back up with the strength, endurance and the resolve God enables us with and managed to pick myself up with the prayers and advice of others (incl. good ole Mom!). I kept going.

A journey worth taking in any situation.

A journey worth taking in any situation.

I kept going in large part because I know God knew I needed a job, so of course it would come. I also have long realized what the image below states:

Logic and wisdom.

Logic and wisdom.

God doesn’t do things when WE want Him to, but when HE knows we are ready for it. That is how caring and careful He is…He isn’t going to let us have something at the wrong time, He isn’t going to be so quick to bless us if we do not even believe He can. He also is not going to give us something He KNOWS we cannot handle so that we can hurt ourselves or fail (for ex: like sending someone a car when they are a bad driver; He won’t send that car because He knows you’ll KILL your crazy self…you’ll get it after you’ve improved), He isn’t going to give us something if we didn’t do anything or enough to earn it. He also isn’t going to give us something if we do not pray properly (go into prayer w/ respect, go into it believing, ask for forgiveness of sins-go into it pure of mind/heart, praise Him-He deserves it, be honest, ask that it please be done in His will-it’s not up to us if it happens, end with the prayer ”through Jesus’ name”-Jesus is the messenger). IF IT’S FOR YOU, YOU WILL RECEIVE! IT’S REALLY HARD AT TIMES, BUT BE PATIENT!

I thanked God even when I got the call for the interview; I was soooo psyched!! He is always present; we can’t do it alone! So, thank you God , Jesus, Holy Spirit & Heavenly family and thank you my encouragers!

I went to the job center and told Laurie that I got the job she told me about, I thanked her a mazillion times! I know mazillion is not a word, but it is now! Hahaha!! #obnoxious

Well, I’m out with this post. Into work Monday. Looking forward! Now, when I whip out a camera & take tons of photos around people, the people won’t look at me and roll their eyes with infinite, annoyed agony…it’ll be my JOB to be a photo freak, now!

(PS…My blog was featured on a blog awards list, for a second time, last month. I will do a short post on that, soon!)

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: artwork analysis 1


From time to time I will pretend I am back in my college art dept. being critiqued & lovingly cursed at so that I may explain my own work under that crazy, intentionally run together title above. Some have told me & I have read that an artist should not share the enigmatic secrets behind their work. That the viewer should use their own mind. I can sort of see this point. Sometimes things can be more appealing with unanswered questions, but I just have fun explaining!

And no…nobody used “enigmatic” on me when they talked to me, but I am a fool for scholarly words. It makes me feel tremendous and astounding (two scholarly ways to say AWESOME!)

Feel free to comment with any questions you may still have.

“The Realization: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States”

“The Realization: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States”

“The Realization: President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States”

WHAT: Duh! And more duh! And not to be rude, but DUH! It’s President Barack Obama! Smooth. Swagger. Calm. Intelligent. Bin Laden-catcher. And a dope ping-ponger.

WHY: I created this piece due to elation (scholar-talk for “excitement”) when he hit the White House. Not just for the fact he is the first African-American Prez, but also because he is relatable in positive ways ( aka “not a jerk”) & is also so intelligent that ya gotta be proud to be an American…as he IS. That last one was for all the Trumps reading. I also created this piece on the suggestion of my pastor, whom admires him. I had in mind to draw him, but not seriously until my pastor mentioned it. The work also displays Psalm 27 (“Wait on the Lord…”)  & a portion of MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Both inspirational resources.

WHEN: Early 2009; I did this drawing shortly after the election.

HOW: With my superlatively (scholar for “enormously”) creative mind. No, seriously, I created this with the usual focus I have with art & the extra EXTREME focus I tend to have with a piece I am really having fun with. I used charcoal & colored pencil (which makes it a mixed media work) on paper. Instead of completing the figure in full, I sorta staggered the image out with smudges (I love some flair) begat from my own fingertips!

Note: The Obamas know what the whorl patterns of my fingertips look like (if they bother to peer THAT closely) since they now have two reproductions. No bragging, here, I just like to mention it! I mailed them the art and early 2010, I received a thank you card from the Obamas! God is really good at doing things like that. At making far-fetched become reality. Or “certainty”. Which is a simple way to also say “reality”.

Extra Note: In 2009, I also sent two prints of this drawing to The White House. I did not think a whole lot on whether I’d get a response back or not (I like to think positive, but I also do not get too far ahead of myself; reality sinks in). A year later (2010), my mother told me I had a letter from The White House… I was like, in silent and calm shock. Sure enough, it was from the president! A thank you card from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; signed! It was neat that, a year later, they even remembered to reply to me! I really thank God (Yahweh) for the opportunity given me and I thank my mother & my pastor for encouraging me to go ahead and do the drawing in the first place. I had wanted to do the drawing, but it only remained a thought until they pushed me to go ahead and do it! Motivation is not a bad thing at all!

Sorry that it is blurry, but this is the card with the envelope. I have both framed, now!

Sorry that it is blurry, but this is the card with the envelope. I have both framed, now!

This is a closer view of the thank you card.

This is a closer & clearer view of the thank you card.

View some of my art at: http://paintingsilove.com/artist/caloniejohnson  Thank You!

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