Amy's art in progress.
See regular updates of my progress on each new painting.



I have recently been asked to participate in Xnihilo Gallery's "Stations of the Cross Exhibit" this spring.  I am going to make a painting for station #7. Stay tuned to see what I come up with!

(This is what they gave me to work with:) 

Station #7: Jesus Falls a Second Time.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. 
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

But as for me, I am a worm and no man,
scorned by all and despised by the people. 
Psalm 22:6 



The stations of the cross painting begins... I decided to do a landscape with an olive tree in it.  It will rotate round and round and thus the viewer will hopefully feel like s/he is in Jesus shoes as he falls the second time.

Sidenote: The olive tree is said to symbolize faithfulness and steadfastness.


I've been neglecting my painting a bit lately... is getting married a good excuse? :)

I worked on the sky and the mountains and the hill on the left today.  I like how I got some warmer tones in the mountains so that it starts to look like slopes.  


I added more green to the hill on the right and I started adding brown grass to the yellow hill.



I started adding the olive tree today.  It takes a lot of thought figuring out which way the branches to go to make the best composition.  I have to keep in mind that the final painting will be spinning too... hmmm...



I added some more branches today and I added an orangey color to the tree bark.  It is difficult to tell in this photo though I suppose.


I started working on the path and the hill today.  I have a lot more work to do but it is starting to take shape which is exciting.  Also, I added some red to the tree. 


I worked on the path and hill more... I added a lot of orange.  My battle with the colors officially begins. 


Goodbye orange!  I changes the colors on the hill and the path today.  On the hill I worked on making it look like there is grass on it.  I still have more work to do though.


I added more pinky orange to the path and more reddish brown to the plants on the right and left.  I thought a lot about Van Gogh's Cypress tree painting and also his painting of wheat.  



I added some red to the tree and also made the path more yellow than pink. 


I added a light green on the path and added a lot more red to the plants. I like the idea of having red accents in the painting as it is talking about Jesus walking to the cross. 



I added some lighter highlights to the path and some rocks in the foreground.


I added some reddish hues to the left grass and I also added the two crosses for the thieves.



I added some more branches at the top.  I also made the front branches and the crosses in the background darker.



I decided that the rocks in Israel are more white-ish looking.  There is a lot of limestone there I think.  So I am changing the color up again.  I really like the foreground better now though.  Though the front hill still needs tweaking. More to come...


I added more light gray rocks to the hill and I also added the green plants to the left of the path.  (I really like those.) I still need to work on the hill in the foreground more... the green isn't quite right yet... getting closer... but not yet.


I added more dark green/ contrast to the right side of the painting.  I think that it is more harmonious with the other side of the road now.  Also I added more contrast to the rock cliff in the background.  I like how the rocks are starting to look like teeth or bone.  



I added more little branches.  They remind me of broken glass which is fitting for the subject matter.


I added a light yellowish color to the rocks as well as some light green to the front hill.  I also got rid of some of the red plants on the right side.


I forgot to take a photo... I added more red to the tree.



I added more light green plants in the foreground and made the rocks a bit bluer.  I also added a dark line of contrast all the way to the background along the path.   

The Bible says that the wise person seeks counsel so I asked Van Gogh what he thought I should do about the colors in my paintings.  He said more light greens, yellows and blues in the foreground. (That's why I like art books ya see...)

I think* I am almost finished...

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"It just got too hard." "It's supposed to be hard, if it wasn't hard 
everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great." 
- Jimmy in League of Their Own talking to 
Dottie about quitting baseball.