I like to paint a verity of subject matter, whatever inspires or challenges me at the time. Usually that means multiple paintings that share something in common and become part of a series. This blog is about my paintings and the inspiration behind them.
The Christian Art Collection comprises paintings of a religious theme. God is very important to me and is a huge part of my life. I am very grateful to Him for my gift of oil painting and everything else He does for me. Through my paintings, it is my desire to communicate all the wonder and majesty of the great I AM. I attempt to achieve this through a painting technique called “realism”.
Realism in art is a style of painting which depicts the subject matter as it actually appears in real life. There is no attempt to artistically stylize or distort the subject matter in any way. Instead I spend a fair amount of time and effort paying attention to detail and creating an accurate depiction of life forms and objects, perspective creating the illusion of reality, good composition, lights and darks, and color and tone. However, I stop short of my paintings looking like a photo, but rather prefer to communicate a Christian message by representing God’s handiwork in nature through realism.
Vincent van Gogh is one of my favorite artists. I find his life and paintings to be so interesting. During his life he painted many works of art people aren’t even aware of. The painting he did of this church is one of his better known paintings.
The oil paintings in this series are of ancient Bible places and also modern day Israel. I’ve always wanted to travel and visit these places, to walk the streets of the cities I read about in the Bible and explore the culture of the peoples who live there. Maybe someday.
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. — Deuteronomy 8:7-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
All reference photos used as source material for the paintings in this series is with permission and courtesy of www.BiblePlaces.com — Photos of Israel from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.
Peggy’s Cove is one of the numerous small fishing communities located on the eastern shores of St. Margarets Bay in Nova Scotia. This location is also famous for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (established 1868). Each year many artists and photographers flock to this location to capture its beauty in their creative works. It is also a favorite tourist destination for many vacationers.
The Peggy’s Cove Series didn’t start out to be a series. I did my first painting of this series in 2005 while living on the east coast in the Norfolk VA area. I loved the way the bright red house stood out in contrast to the water and landscape around it, so I decided to do a painting of this famous Nova Scotia cove. Two years later the painting sold to a doctor living in Maine. Shortly after the sale a collector from Louisiana commissioned me to do two more paintings of the cove for her. I love this location in Canada and plan on more paintings to add to this series in the near future.
A lot of artists have painted this famous cove and it’s easy to see why. You may have noticed that two of the painting are very similar. They are of the same viewpoint, however, since I strive to not create two identical paintings I did paint some differences between the two.
Seascape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on stretched canvas
Texas is my home state, I was born and raised here. I left home after graduating high school and went out to the west coast to attend college. I did not return until my husband (also a native Texan) retired from the Navy in 2006. During our lifetime we’ve had the opportunity of living in many different places. Now that we’re back in Texas to stay, I’ve been doing a series of paintings which depict what life is like here for me. This will be an ongoing series. Texas is such a large and diverse state, it has a lot to offer when it comes to subject matter to compose a painting from.
I’ll never run out of anything to paint because:
in springtime the bluebonnets line the roads as far as the eye can see.
the Gulf Coast is naturally gorgeous.
some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world happen in Texas.
fall brings out an amazing array of colors here.
the twisted ribbons of rivers provide an endless source beauty.
the beautiful explosion of stars in the night sky is something to behold.
the land is open and free.
few places have as a rich, storied, and proud history as the Lone Star State.
there are real cowboys and cattle in Texas.
And that’s just to mention but a few.
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 18″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas