Sandi Hester

Paintings by Sandi Hester

Month: April, 2009

What Is Your House Built On?

A better question is Who is your house built on? Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  Matthew 7:24-25

I actually painted this one a while back.  I had this image in my mind right before we went on a trip and I had to get it on paper. I felt like I spewed it out of my brush one night as I was packing. I wish I had taken a little more time with it, but it was one of those that I had to get down on paper.  I’ve just now decided to bring it out of the archives because I have houses on my mind a lot lately.  We’ve been looking at houses for 3 1/2 years now – we take forever to find what we’re looking for – and it’s kind of a hobby for us.  We’ve been wanting to get Grady closer to work (Green Hills).  It’s been taking us a while to get the house ready to put on the market, but we’re hoping to have it on the market in the next month or so. We really want to downsize, minimize, and declutter everything we have. Life is too short and Christ too important to be caught up in things. I could easily sell everything in a yard sale tomorrow and go on the mission field… hopefully one day. It will have to be on the Lord’s timing – His calling – His plans.  For now our calling, as far as missions, is short term trips and supporting other missionaries on the field.  I’ll keep you updated on the house stuff – let me know if you’re interested in buying a house :)!

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Hoot Hoot

Whhhhooooos signed up for the summer painting classes?

Well, I only left the house a couple times this week because I’ve been working non-stop on a project/paper for my hermeneutics class in seminary.  Man alive I will be really glad when I have it completed – writing papers is NOT my thing.  BOTH sides of my brain got a work out this week – one side more than the other – the side that doesn’t get used much :).  I would crank away at my paper for 2-3 hours and then go take a break and work on one of these cute little owls (and another project that I’ll tell you about in another post).  It was a nice balance all week because painting really gave the other side of my brain a refreshing break.

So, you may be wondering what a class on hermeneutics is – I was wondering the same thing before I took the class.  It’s a big word, but a simple concept.  Hermeneutics is simply the practice or discipline of interpreting the bible.  It’s basically studying the bible with the bible.  One of the best books you could ever read to understand how to read the bible is “A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible” by Robert Stein.  It’s a book on hermeneutics and it’s on “pea brain” (that just means even if you have a brain the size of a pea like I do you can understand it) level – seriously – trust me on this one and it will transform the way you read and understand the bible.

You can read about the best hermeneutics that has ever been done right here (you can read the whole story in Mark 24:13-27)… “Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus…they were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures conserning Himself.”  How amazing would that have been???  Jesus started at the beginning of the Bible and went through the whole thing explaining how it ALL was telling about Him!  It’s the best example of hermeneutics that’s ever been done! 

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Summer Painting Classes

This is something I never thought I would be doing, but this summer I’ll be teaching beginner watercolor painting classes at the Hendersonville Arts Council!  I’m really excited about this new opportunity the Lord has opened up.  Here’s the scoop on the classes…

The class will meet for six weeks (see registration form for dates and times) and will be for beginners.  In this class you will learn the basic skills of watercolor painting: materials, how to mix colors that are fresh and not muddy, how to make beautiful darks and neutrals, different ways of applying the paint, contour drawing, and much more.  The focus of the class will be painting in a loose style.  In the class you will learn how to let the brush and the paint do most of the work and how to suggest things instead of state every detail.  You’ll learn how to paint flowers, trees, skies, landscapes, buildings, people and much more in a loose painterly style.

If you’re interested in the class here’s the registration form and supply list.  Just print it and mail in the registration form to the Hendersonville Arts Council with the payment.  You can also get the registration form and supply list from the HAC website.

Below is a sketch I did in my small (5″ x 3″) sketch journal of an old house.

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