Look And Paint

Look And Paint

Bo Bartlett Master Class 2016.
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Every March, artist Bo Bartlett teaches a Master Class in Columbus, Georgia. These take the form of a magical three day weekend filled with learning, laughing, music, thinking, and of course, painting. During the course of these days, Bo introduces students to his holistic way of thinking about and creating artwork.

Bo Bartlett teaching his 2016 Masterclass.

He addresses the steps of working with the grisaille technique, a method he often uses in the creation of his paintings. This is the creation of a tonal neutral underpainting done on a grey panel, which color is pulled over once the drawing is established. Students work from a live model in a studio filled with unchanging north light. Bo Bartlett paints alongside all the students to show them his process step by step. Each artist tackles the method in their own artistic vernacular, and it is always impressive to see what is created. All of the paintings have different perspectives literally and figuratively, and they are all fantastic. Bo is works with each student to help them along the way, and each student brings something new to the table. Bo also imparts his ideas on how to find creativity, inspiration, and drive in talks that he gives in his studio. These ideas range from how to take care of yourself to spiral dynamics by Ken Wilber.

Students working on their paintings in the Master Class studio.

I have been thankful to attend his class for the past three years, and each year I have learned more, made lifelong artist friends, and understood more about the world. I still remember my first Master Class very well because the event was a turning point in my life. Not only did Bo share his wisdom about painting, but also his way of life. He is a strong believer that you have to "feed the well" which means that you must take care of yourself and have new experiences that will help in the creation of your paintings. This idea really lit the way in determining my path through life.

Bo Bartlett's class is more than just learning how to paint, it is about learning how to be in the moment. It is about things that are hard to capture in words. It is a way of seeing. We are thankful that a teacher and artist like him is willing to share with us his ways looking and thinking.

Cover Image Credit: Paul Niemiec

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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