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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
January 6th, 2015 by Joel Watts

(my) recent oil paintings

Over the holidays, I ventured into oil painting. It has been a blast. They aren’t dry yet, as you can imagine — and the color in the house is not giving me the best frame for the picture. This is the first one…

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This is the second one. As it dries, it is actually revealing more color, so…

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This is one of them both.

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The first one I would like to call “Eve” while the second is “Yael/Judith.” There is purple tent becoming more pronounced as it dries. Each one is like a puzzle because I get to figure out the shapes, the colors, and the textures.

I really, really like oil. A lot. Not simply because of the smell of the linseed oil either.

You can click on the pictures to see them larger — but not too large.

I don’t claim that these are good, only that they are mine.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


9 Responses to “(my) recent oil paintings”
  1. Very nice! You are your own artist but I see Paul Gauguin and Frida Khala in these…

  2. But “Yael/Judith”…
    I have a sudden cranial pain.

  3. If the first is Eve, the second should be Lilith…for some strange reason not to be mentioned.

  4. Know More Than I Should says

    While I can see traces of Gauguin in the second, with a further exaggeration of angles, I perceive hints of Picasso in the first.

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