Wanting to Soar

In my 20’s, there was a constant aching for more – a longing to be free – to fly away. Always.

At the time I painted “Wanting to Soar”, I lived in a hotel designed to house recovering alcoholics. I was not one of the suffering ones, but my friend who managed it, was a Veteran of WWII, one of the American soldiers who helped in the liberating of a concentration camp. He was a recovering alcoholic, remembering the sights and smells and sounds… never forgetting. He was also an artist. He painted beautiful, peaceful pieces. He also empathized with me, a young woman making a living selling paintings and painting signs, designing a logo now and then.

So, I rented a room here, it was inexpensive and centered downtown across from a park, surrounded by the businesses I dealt with. I was making it as an artist, but longed for something, I didn’t know what. I was not a constant person in those days.

This painting was painted sometime in 1981-92. I had poor photographic records of art then, this has more neutraled blues in it.

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Longing to Soar – 18″x 24″ – Oil

A friend recently thought I should rename this to Isaiah 40:31:

“Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”

Indeed! He knew me before I knew Him, and He enables us to fly.

Working in More Heavenly Places

It is a very enjoyable attempt to know what God’s Word says, and what His heart’s desire might be. It is also a lot of work, but not the kind that is a burden, more the kind where you get enlivened to continue.

It is not a perfect work, it began as a personal Bible study for me, working from many versions of the Bible, to know what the Word says, understanding it and illustrating it. It is a very objective and subjective experience.

The materials are what I had around – block printing papers that I never used, Golden acrylic paint, Sakura micron pens and pencils. There are corrections on the pages, an occasional pencil mark that wasn’t caught, maybe some paint outside the lines.

What “it” is coming to be is an illustrated blended version of four of Paul’s letters while imprisoned in Rome in 63 a.d. And I love doing it. I loved learning the story by seeing the sequence of the letters and a little of the history behind them. The book “Revolutionary Bible Study” by G. Edwards helped me there.

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©2018 Jean Bohlender

The Word is good, and that is free to anyone who will listen. The illustrations are protected. (I always feel I must apologize for watermarks, but have found them necessary).

This is a sample page from Philippians. They are not all so ornate, but I did like the message on this page.

The camera work is next, along with a little editing, computer work and setting it up for publication. I do my books via independent publishing. My camera and tripod are just that – not all that fancy. I do my best to get the artwork squared up. My lighting is 5700k full spectrum florescent, my “vacuum plate” is a toy box (or sometimes I use an ironing board). Not a fancy operation, but it’s what I have to use until I get to heaven.

My current project is exciting to me. I still have a ways to go, and there is not a great deal of pressure to finish. What a joy.