Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Passion of Christ in Art

Jesus Christ has been a central figure in art for centuries. Artist... past and present... known and unknown... have captured the Passion of Christ in their artwork. This video celebrates that and is set to the music "King of Glory" by Third Day. A special thanks and credit to the following artists: El Greco, Caravaggio, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Titian, Reuben's, Leonardo DaVinci, Rembrandt, Ben Long, Lynn Phillips, Larry Seiler, Morgan Weistling, Bernie Rosage Jr., and several unknown artists.



The Passion of Christ in Art

May you and yours have a blessed Easter Holiday...
Bernie

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 20th... Remembering Kristi...

Tami, Olivia, and I hiked a couple of trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday... I came across and photographed this vacant chair at the Brinegar Cabin (milepost 238.5) and thought it symbolic on this day for my entire family.

Of course we remember her every day...
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This was the view from our mountain lodge deck this morning around 6:45 AM...

we never know what a day will bring so we should Cherish Today...

In Faith,
Bernie

Thursday, October 23, 2008

25 years ago today... history inspires artwork...

Events in history are often inspiration for my paintings... but when history hits on a personal level sometimes I find myself captivated to paint a scene for reasons beyond mere aesthetics or nostalgia.

Such a historical event happened to our small community 25 years ago today. It was the first day that the war on terrorism began with the largest non-nuclear explosion since World War II... the Beirut bombing.
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In the early morning of October 23, 1983, the First Battalion, 8th Marines Headquarters building was destroyed by a non-Lebanese, terrorist-driven truck, laden with compressed gas-enhanced explosives. This truck, like many others, had become a familiar sight at the airport and so did not raise any alarm on this morning. The resulting explosion and the collapse of the building killed 241 Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers.

Many of the victims of this atrocity were residents of Jacksonville, North Carolina. They were known as fathers, neighbors, fellow church members, and little league baseball and soccer coaches. The community was stunned over the loss of these fine men and donations began to flow to their memory. This became the "birth" of the Beirut Memorial where their names are engraved along side "They Came In Peace"...

This tragic event reminds us of how fragile life is, how costly freedom is, and how much our community appreciates the military! On a personal level I have included a couple paintings inspired by this day in history...

"They Came In Peace"... 24"x24" Oil on Textured Stretched Canvas, 2005.

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"A Tribute to Gold Star Moms" ... 10x8" Oil on Linen, en plein aire, April 2008.
Read the story behind this painting HERE...
(click on image to enlarge)


Here is the painting my daughter Olivia (six years old at the time) did the same day...
"Honoring Marines"... 10x8" Acyclic on canvas


Here are some recent articles in our local newspaper... The Daily News... highlighting the event, memorial, and anniversary.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Drawing God....

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.

As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."

The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."


Thanks for sending this Barb...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Live painting demo in Sunday School Class...

This small painting was the result of a live demo in my Sunday School class. I had the students read "light" verses from the Bible as I painted. We talked about how light adds form to objects... in art and real life... let your light shine...

Click on image to see a larger view...


"Lone Granny Smith Apple #2"... 6x6" Oil on panel, alla prima from life, "Painting a Day" series, 7-2008.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Painting... a labor of love.

"Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the morning to come...My work is not only a pleasure, it has become a necessity. No matter how many other things I have in my life, if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable." - William Bouguereau

I can surely identify with Bouguereau's quote above... I feel complete when painting. I must confess that many times it is a struggle and labor but always a labor of love.

William Bouguereau is one of favorite artists to study and cover. I love his timeless portraits of common folks as seen in their natural settings.

Original "Le Baiser" by Bouguereau 1863 (translation "The Kiss")



My version... "A Pondering Heart" after Bouguereau... 7x5" Oil on Canvas Board by Bernie Rosage Jr. (Click on image to enlarge)
I was inspired by his original painting, "Le Baiser" and Luke 2:19 to produce this cropped version as a head study.... "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart"...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Art is therapy...


Art is therapy for me at times...

times like this that is...

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

An example has been set for us....

As an artist I study and glean from some of the old masters of art such as Bouguereau, Vermeer, Picasso, Durer, and Cezanne... and how their works have been an inspiration and learning tool to imitate. There is a master, above all, who sets an example before us worth imitating daily.... his name is Jesus. John 13:15 was the inspiration behind this charcoal drawing I did titled "Basin and Towel". The source was a photograph I took some time back for a dear friend as a tribute and celebration of his many years in ministry.

Jesus said... "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you." (KJV)

"Basin and Towel"... 8"x10" Charcoal on Panel, 2003.
Jesus is the master artist and we are his masterpieces!
In Faith,
Bernie

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

We are SO small....

As Tami and I flew from Wilmington to Atlanta, and from Atlanta to Dublin I had a revelation. Now take into consideration... I am not a world traveler... in fact at age 46, this was only my 4th flight (first trans-Atlantic)... so I was as wide-eyed as a child when we took flight. The sky was full of those puffy white clouds reminding me of those "Jesus in the sky" paintings all over the internet... Heavenly to say the least. Two things I realized... #1... there are still a lot of trees left and... #2... we are small.



Most people, myself included, get caught up in our own world and often think the world revolves around us or at least around our small inner circle of friends, family, and acquaintances. Up in the clouds I realized just how small we are... a very humbling experience. Humbling yet uplifting... uplifting in the fact that as small as we are God knows the very number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:6-8). He not only knows us... He loves us! John 3:16...

Check out this short video that shows just how small we are....



"A man is tallest when he is on his knees praying..."