First Portrait in Oil

Jacques Barenton after Sargent | Oil on Mixed Media Paper | 9″x12″ | June 13, 2022

“You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork.”
// Job 14:15, NLT

I can’t stop looking at what I made.
I know God is going to call us out of the grave because God will want to see the things he has made; he wants to see what we’re like.

§tacy §weeney

Jacques Barenton after John Singer Sargent |9’x12′ mixed media paper | June 10, 2022

Artist have been doing it for years. If they can’t do something, they just work around it. I have not painted hair, so I make them all bald. I can’t paint a body, so I just paint a face. When I look into the face of this portrait painting, I see the image of God. It tells more about him than anything I can see.
Stacy

A Gatlinburg Tradition

Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, TN | June 2, 2022

Black Bear Trifecta

In the middle of nowhere,
hill after hill,
on some windy back road,
unmarked by yellow lines,
as close to the Little River as possible,
was a narrow, one lane bridge that went clickety-clack as the tires rolled over each plank of wood,
where the elusive gray fox crossed the road in front of us.
Why could it not be a black bear? I thought to myself. But I was satisfied with the gray fox.
What contractor ever dreamed of putting a road out here anyway?
And then, the following morning, I saw the most elusive of all wild animals — the Black Bear. It was 11am and I saw three black bears headed up the historic nature trail. I feel like a National Geographic photographer.

§tacy §weeney

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_441_in_Tennessee

https://www.glenstonelodge.com/?utm_medium=organic&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=business-listing

Blessed are the Peacemakers

ẞanksy | Kids on Guns | 2004 | Print on Canvas

Silhouettes of a young boy and a girl, holding their toys in their hands, high up on a mountain of weapons. The girl is holding a heart-shaped red balloon on a string. It is another work depicting the iconic balloon girl. The simplicity and severity of the color contrasts gives it both beauty and deeper meaning, making it one of the artist’s more somber pieces.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

https://www.axios.com/2022/05/26/gun-deaths-children-america

§tacy §weeney

 

 

 



 

Brokenhearted

ßanksy|Love Hurts (Wounded Heart Balloon) | 2013| Mural

Love Hurts, also known as Wounded Heart Balloon, has appeared outside of the print release during Banksy’s New York residency. The mural was seen in Brooklyn.

The motif of the Love Hurts balloon has been used at various times in multiple formats.

“New York calls to graffiti writers like a dirty old lighthouse. We all want to prove ourselves here.” – Banksy
artofbanksy-mmtour-us.com

Brokenhearted

You break through with hope
know the band-aids hold
no room entered remains dark

with a mighty hand
and an outstretched arm
blessed are the brokenhearted

Stacy Sweeney

You Breathe the Stars

2//22/2022

John Singer Sargent
1856-1925
Venetian Onion Seller
Oil on canvas
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Madrid | Spain

\/\/ide open doors
twice I am yours
once when you made me
twice when you paid for me

take one look at this Passion
all pales in comParison
I’m selling glass for diamonds
for silver and gold have I none

I breathe the dark
you breathe the stars
those words you spoke
and it was so

there’s a lot I do not know
and what I know it’s all good
yes, it’s all good, good. good, good,
good, good, very good
good, good, very good

yes, it’s all good, good. good, good,
good, good, very good
good, good, very good
and I said I am twice yours

wide open doors
twice I am yours
once when you made me
twice when you paid for me

I found the pearl of great price
he don’t want my sacrifice
I’m desperate for his riches
I’m desperate for replenishment

I breathe the dark
you breathe the stars
a thousand days
you save the world

there’s a lot I do not know
and what I know it’s all good
yes, it’s all good, good. good, good,
good, good, very good
good, good, very good

yes, it’s all good, good. good, good,
good, good, very good
good, good, very good
and he said you are twice mine

§tacy §weeney

One Heaven

Sorolla | Fisherwomen on the Beach

We will only make it together
We will only make it together
We will only make it together
We will only make it together

It may look like I’m forgotten
but I’m forgiven by you
It may look like I’m forgotten
but I’m forgiven by you
It may look like I’m forgotten
but I’m forgiven by you
It may look like I’m forgotten
but I’m forgiven by you

There is only one heaven
There is only one heaven
There is only one heaven
There is only one heaven

Stacy Sweeney

Mighty Intelligence

Whistler | Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen
1864
Oil on board 50.2 x 68.7 cms | 19 3/4 x 27 ins
Freer Gallery of Art | Washington | United States

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
— John 17:3

Mighty Intelligence

I wonder who designed all this
the brilliant people in all the €arth
I wonder who designed all this
the cattle on a thousand hills

and oh, I saw your will
you rose above
let’s talk it over
this barricade to love

I wonder who designed all this
the turning leaves in the fall
a Mighty Intelligence
working in and through all

with the unseen source
contact will be made
a thousand years to heal
our race will not fade

and oh, the places we will go
my eyes are holding

I know the one true God
the grandeur of the skies
I know the One he sent
the constant of sunrise

If there again I never lived
part of me would always be there —
in the €arth.
§tacy§weeney