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The Making of a Painting – Part 3

So the concept was complete and it was time to paint. With most paintings I do, I actually stage the composition (except for the birds) and I photograph it. That photograph is what I then paint from. But in this case, the painting was not something I could stage. In my mind, it was lots…

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David in the process of painting: concept and inspiration

The Making of a Painting – Part 2

Before I begin a painting, there must be inspiration. And from that inspiration, a concept is revealed. For me, the concept is the "soul" of my painting. Since paint has become my voice, the painting itself is "what I have to say". An artist's inspiration could be beauty alone – maybe that of creation –…

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Snippets | No. 1

Behind the Scenes – my first video “coffee break”

Yes, it's hard to believe – I resisted everything social media for so long, and now, not only am I on Facebook and Twitter, I just created my first video "coffee break"!  You can see it below and even check out my YouTube Channel at youtube.com/davidarmsartist. When am I ever going to learn: "never say…

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“In God We Trust” – The Making of a Painting – Part 1

This is the first blog of a four-part series where I am going to invite you to join me as I talk through my process of creating a painting. There are times when this process is both exhilarating and exhausting. It can push me mentally, emotionally and physically. But the rewards are so fulfilling. Over…

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Age of Beauty

Age of Beauty

I love old things. They speak to me. I think their history gives a room such soul. I bought this chair last weekend and I love it. I love the wood detail. I love the tapestry with the deer head in the center. I love the patinated hardware that makes it able to fold. But…

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Fresh Start

Christmas in Nashville. It was the first time in seventeen years that we have had a measurable snow on that day. It was magical. After all the noise and frantic activity of preparation for that day, all was finally quiet…and still. If there wasn't peace on earth, there certainly was in my heart - even…

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Merry Christmas

We had our first snowfall of the season in Nashville this past Sunday. That's early for us. It was beautiful - one of my favorite kind of days. From my studio window I looked up and the sun was illuminating this icicle hanging from the eave - a beautiful little sculpture that was formed for…

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Be Still And Know

Heaven’s Little Reminders

What if the wisemen had been so distracted with busy schedules and agendas that they didn't even look up to see the star? They would have missed all that God had to show them and forfeited the opportunity of being used in a way that would affect the lives of generations to come. May you…

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The Best Day of My Life

When my oldest daughter was in third grade, she was given an assignment during creative writing class to write about heaven. The teacher provided the first line but she was to create the rest. How refreshing it is to see something so beautiful through the eyes of a child. So innocent. So pure. The paper…

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One Of My Favorite Gifts Ever

This may not look like much, but it is one of my favorite Christmas gifts ever. My wife gave it to me several years ago. Who would think I could receive so much joy and peace from such a simple, "not necessarily attractive", object? This speaker sits on the windowsill in my studio and there…

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‘Tis the Season!

My tummy is still full from Thanksgiving overindulgence. The pumpkins have been thrown in the field to decompose. The fresh tree is standing in the foyer. And Handel's Messiah is at full volume in my studio. It is officially the Christmas season! May we enter it with a grateful heart.

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“Fear Not” Notecards

It is very easy to go into this holiday season with high anxiety and fear, forgetting that the very words the angel spoke to Mary were "Fear Not". But things can start moving so fast and seem so much that it feels like everything is going to fall out from under us. How can we…

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