The annual Vista Lights event is this Thursday from 5:00 - 10:00. I will be showing my paintings in a group show that also features Becky Age, Elaine Berlin, Tyler Blanton, Claude Buckley, Byers Greer, Mike Inman and Travis Teate. Please come out to see the art and meet the artists!
This is a painting that I did last night. It was very spontaneous. My Pastor has written a book entitled "Encrimsoned". In the book, he asks "Are you are willing to live a life of daily encrimsoning? Carrying your cross daily - Denying yourself daily - Following Jesus daily". Tonight I attended corporate prayer time as I needed to ask for prayer for a dear brother and a trial we have been in. It truly was a sweet time of prayer. After the session concluded, I approached my pastor and showed him and his lovely wife a photo of my newest painting, and told him the title. I told him that I could not afford $10 a book, but that God had given me the idea of passing copies of the book out during my show at Vista Lights coming up on November 20. He gave me an almost full box of books...76 copies to be exact. I asked. I received. Thank you, Jesus. I hope that God will use me, my art, and the books as His instruments for His own Glory. You will notice that I did not mention my pastor's name...I know that he wants all the glory to go to his Creator!
This is different. I am having trouble coming up with a title. Feel free to suggest something. There is a story behind it...well, maybe the title should be "A Story Behind Everything"??? There are 3 small red dots under the central tree that you can't see in the photo...for those of you who know my art, the 3 dots represent the Holy Trinity.
The State Fair opened today and runs through October 19. Both of my art entries juried into the professional division of the Fine Art show. Titles are "From Afar" (acrylic on canvas) and "Beyond the Lee Shore" (watercolor on paper). Hope you go and check them out! Please let me know if you see them!
This is a commissioned piece by a designer for one of her clients...I hope they will like it...all I was given was the wall color (Quietude - a pale green with a little blue) and that the painting should be very "soft"...well, this is soft and very tranquil...so much so that it did not photograph very well.
You have probably noticed there have been no garden photos lately...well, that is because the garden has been suffering the late summer blues. My Angel's Trumpets have finally started blooming though. These are really interesting...the buds start out a really deep lemon yellow, then turn almost white, and then open salmon and then blush pinker as they age. The photo has been edited with a "painting" effect. Enjoy!
Lee Monts is a Christian artist who primarily creates contemporary acrylic paintings on canvas, paper and board. A native of Chapin, South Carolina, his formal education is in geology. He has been a resident of Columbia, South Carolina, since 1987 and is employed full time by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Lee began painting in 2002 and has had no formal art training. He considers his talent to be a gift from God and hopes that his art brings glory to the Lord. His work has been featured at Cameo Fine Art Gallery (Vista Lights 2003, Artista Vista 2004); Dining With Friends (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009); Idylwild Arts Gallery (May 2004, November 2004, December 2004); South Carolina State Fair Juried Professional Fine Art Show (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009); InspirArte (October 2004); About Face Group Show at Gallery 80808 (October 2004); About Face Showcase at the Columbia Museum of Art (April-June 2005); ArtCan Studio and Gallery (December 2004); Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe' (February-June 2004); The Bus Stop Gallery (February 2005, September 2005, December 2005, March 2006, September 2006, January 2007, November 2007); South Carolina Philharmonic juried show "Pictures at an Exhibition" at Gallery 80808 (April-May 2005); South Carolina Philharmonic Show "Painted Violins" (2006, 2008); "An Evening in the Arts" in Charleston, SC (September 2007); O’Connor Design Firm (May 2007, December 2007); the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts juried art sale (April 2008); Columbia Metropolitan Magazine Dream Home (2009); Group Show of the Artists’ Round Table at Gallery 80808 (September 2009); Art with a Heart (September 2009); Verve Fine Interiors (2005 - ongoing); The Gallery at DuPre (Vista Lights 2008, Artista Vista 2009, Vista Lights 2009, ongoing); Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia (November 2009 – ongoing); and Wink Studio and Gallery (January 2010 - ongoing). “Testimony”, the artist’s premier solo show was on exhibit July 23 – August 21, 2009, at the Gallery at DuPre in Columbia, SC. A feature article by nationally known writer Cynthia Boiter titled “Artist come lately…” appeared in the January 2010 issue of Lake Murray Magazine and Northeast Columbia Magazine. The artist was selected as one of six artists for Street Gallery III, a rotating billboard project in 2010 sponsored by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and Lamar Advertizing. The artist’s work can also be seen on the Internet at www.323art.blogspot.com.
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