R E C E N T P O S T S
At nine years old I moved into a 100+ year old log house that had some serious construction issues and fifteen acres of cedar trees and rocks. No running water, indoor plumbing , or heat and air conditioning made life challenging for several months.
At eighteen I got the opportunity to be an exchange student to Germany. That is when I put my love of foreign languages to good use and developed a passion for travel. After meeting my Cuban-heritage husband back here in Tennessee, I studied Spanish in Mexico, and among other things, climbed to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun.
I have been as artist for as long as I can remember. I am very drawn to the human form as my subject. I recognize in people God’s crowning achievement. I love what makes us the same and am also intrigued by what makes us different – the imprint of variety from the richness of design in our world. I also love portraying a moment in time or a special place.
My desires have also been to help women and children all over the world in humanitarian ways.
In the fall of 2007, a little studio was built in my back yard. I then plunged into my heart’s work. Previously, my work area (the kitchen table) was imperiled by peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and toddler vandalism.
These paintings are only the beginning of an exciting journey – one I’m sure that will take me down many different paths.
You may view more of her work at GwendolynRodriguez.com
THE CHORAL ARTS
Choral music is written specifically for an ensemble of singers, who perform as a group, known as a choir. While the beautiful sound of a chorus may put some to sleep, for others – it’s a mesmerizing musical experience that brings joy and the occasional goose bump!
New York City. Choral singer with Gulf Coast Youth Choir.
THE ART OF READING
They say an avid reader makes the best writers. Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt! We find that Jane Austen books provide the perfect late night, fireside reading and is ideal literature for a light breeze, big hat, toes in the sand beach day.
“What is right to be done, cannot be done too soon.” Jane Austen
DOUBT VS. HOPE
Doubt is an ugly word. It implies a belief that something most likely will never come to pass. When hope has not been met, it can leave us in doubt and at worse sinking deep into a sea of despair. Doubt over time can choke our hope, especially when years have fled without answers, we have lost our youth, and when sorrow occurs. There is no cure for doubt as it can attack at any time, but if we keep truth before us it can smother the doubt that is hostile to our hopes. Doubt is deceitful. Hope is promising.
Scripture for encouragement:
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your word.” Psalm 119:114
“The LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.”Psalm 147:11
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:18
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,” Titus 1:2
“Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:5
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11
“Sustain me, my God, according to Your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.” Psalm 119:116
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19
Note: Scripture from NIV
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