THE DOVE Presence and Provision: Receive and Release “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “ John 14:25-27 Gods promise of presence and provision: drawing in, releasing and waiting…… and knowing He , “the Dove” could turn a fly at any moment…. This painting is about Holy Spirits Presence as well as His provision and sustenance. Years ago I raised white doves. I learned that they are one of the few birds that have "crop milk" for their young. The chicks hatch and then nestle up in their mothers’ chest feathers. There she has a type of milk called “crop milk” this is the chicks first nourishment. Holy Spirit was reminding me of this as I painted that Sunday. I KNOW this piece is about Holy Spirits presence and Gods provision! When I am painting during a worship service I am in constant conversation with the Holy Spirit about the canvas I’m working on. I know He has a plan for the piece and I want it to represent what I’m sensing is on His heart. This piece evolved differently than my other pieces I’ve painted with the Lord. This time He had me to lay in the colors and movement of the background by using my fingers to paint. Then I added a few brush strokes. As worship ended that day I sensed the Lord tell me to just sit down and just wait for what was to happen next on this piece. I had begun to see the movement of wings but just was not released to paint them at that time. I took the canvas back to my studio and began to ask the Lord about the next steps. I had seen a dove in the canvas the Sunday it was started, but was not released to paint it that day. I didn’t really understand why, but I wanted to be obedient to what I felt Him saying. As I sat in the studio studying the piece I looked at it and I began to see an image looking back towards me. It was a woman looking as if she was riding the back of this dove! I took my brush in hand and began pulling the wings out and then worked on the woman. Clearly she was sitting on His back and looking back over her shoulder to the viewer. As I painted I suddenly felt a shift inside of me. Sounds odd, but I knew the piece was about to make a big change. I stood back and asked the Holy Spirit for help I listened and watched for where I was to move next. It became very clear to me that The Dove was to painted now. I began to rough it in and then realized the woman I'd seen was now at the heart of this beautiful dove. The chest was very significant! It represents provision and protection, a breastplate of covenant colors! A spectrum of colors began to spill off my brush as if it were ALIVE! The wings receiving and releasing yet His tail feathers were like an anchor. They were pulling in, receiving and releasing all at the same time and yet He is still but could turn quickly! The piece is amazing me as I discover what all God is doing in what He has unfolded to me! I ADORE painting and journeying with Him !! I pray the Lord releases revelation of His heart as you take time to receive all that’s being released through this piece. That provision and protection surrounds you as you experience His presence. Enjoying His presence! ~~~ Jennifer Jones

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bridegroom, King and Judge

Giclee prints

Bridegroom, King and Judge
To Know this MAN JESUS there is no greater JOY!!!
He is coming back!
He will Judge wickedness, He will set up His kingdom, and
He's coming for His bride!

As I began this piece I had just been to the hospital to see a dear young mom who had just lost her baby and who herself was extremely ill.
I got home and just had a longing to paint. I had a grandson on his way here, due in just a few months. I have done paintings for each of my grand-babies. This night I filled a pallet with color and asked God, what are we doing tonight? 
 I really was not sure what I was about to get to paint!
I began with the dark square on the lower right side. An image almost immediately was formed in the dark area. Like one crying out declaring out of the darkness. Then I stood back and ask, “what’s next”? I sensed a white line that was above the dark and running to the left then arched up. I stood back and saw a
“prayer shawl”! I began to realize I was painting Jesus, MY HIGH PRIEST!. As I laid in color and features. The passage from Revelation 1 that describes Jesus’ eyes, “they are as flames of fire”, then “He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah” rang in my heart. I inquired of the Lord again, “How do I paint these beautiful eyes?” Lions eyes on a mans face? How? I simply sensed, “ just start, do it”. I did and He walked me through each feature.
When you look into Jesus eyes you will see one side is Jesus the Judge and the other side you will see Jesus the king the Bridegroom. I discovered His expression as I painted. The eyebrows, the difference in His eyes were painted then I discovered their expression!
O, how I LOVE this Man Jesus!!!!!
Once I began painting I could hardly stop!
Then the background. Once again I inquired of the Lord, “What colors and shapes” He pointed out the colors of glory and fire and I took a brush and dove into the paint. Worshiping and painting. I began to see that Jesus’ right arm was stretched out and His blood flowed. A few days after the piece was complete, I looked and I discovered and face Behind Jesus’ right arm, it was wicked looking and I wanted to take it out. I began to ask Jesus about what to do. Then He reminded me “that image is being held back by My mighty right arm.”
What an honor to get to paint this piece!
He is coming back!!! HE IS A BRIDEGROOM,

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