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Painting with Light


I really enjoy my conversations with my friend Harry. We talk a lot about painting techniques. And we share creating from an artist’s point of view. Lately Harry has had so many cool tips and videos he has shared with me, I felt I needed to store them somewhere. A place that would be easy to find. And a way I could share them with other friends like you. Whether you are an artist or not, some of these videos are awesome to watch.

In this video, Thomas Kincade shows you his method of painting from start to finish. Just a wonderful video. I was surprised to find out from Harry that Kincade uses a light box for drawing transfer. He also uses acrylics for layout. And air brush for details. I thought Kincade did all his work in oils but it is really interesting to watch this video to see his whole process.

So all the great videos, paintings and inspirations from Harry and me can be found under the new category and navigation item called “Art Tips”. Of course it wouldn’t be Zen of Water without poetry or some kind of delicious writing, so I included Frances Harper’s poem about light. Enjoy.

~ Drew


Let the Light Enter


“Light! more light! the shadows deepen,
And my life is ebbing low,
Throw the windows widely open:
Light! more light! before I go.

“Softly let the balmy sunshine
Play around my dying bed,
E’er the dimly lighted valley
I with lonely feet must tread.

“Light! more light! for Death is weaving
Shadows ‘round my waning sight,
And I fain would gaze upon him
Through a stream of earthly light.”

Not for greater gifts of genius;
Not for thoughts more grandly bright,
All the dying poet whispers
Is a prayer for light, more light.

Heeds he not the gathered laurels,
Fading slowly from his sight;
All the poet’s aspirations
Centre in that prayer for light.

Gracious Saviour, when life’s day-dreams
Melt and vanish from the sight,
May our dim and longing vision
Then be blessed with light, more light.

~ Frances Harper

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