Lily's Blog

<p>Sometimes God will tell me through a dream what to paint.  My good friend had this huge frame made for me and then shortly after she told me that she dreamed that I did a painting with all the names of God on it in Spanish…so I did it. I did the lettering all freehand so they may look a bit crooked but I’m pleased with the way it turned out.</p>

Sometimes God will tell me through a dream what to paint. My good friend had this huge frame made for me and then shortly after she told me that she dreamed that I did a painting with all the names of God on it in Spanish…so I did it. I did the lettering all freehand so they may look a bit crooked but I’m pleased with the way it turned out.

Posted 76 weeks ago
<p>I usually paint from my imagination but this one I did today was from a photo I took at the Martinez finka.  Someone chiseled stairs right out of the hill.  It struck me as symbolic of something….I can’t put my finger on it, but I like the imagery.</p>

I usually paint from my imagination but this one I did today was from a photo I took at the Martinez finka. Someone chiseled stairs right out of the hill. It struck me as symbolic of something….I can’t put my finger on it, but I like the imagery.

Posted 93 weeks ago
<p>First pieces I painted in Nicaragua!  I wasn’t able to bring my paints with me but I found some decent acrylics.  The colours are vibrant…a reflection of how I felt at the time.  I adjusted surprisingly well to my new culture.  Only God.</p>

First pieces I painted in Nicaragua! I wasn’t able to bring my paints with me but I found some decent acrylics. The colours are vibrant…a reflection of how I felt at the time. I adjusted surprisingly well to my new culture. Only God.

Posted 93 weeks ago
<p>Self portrait.  This is me and all my emotion right before I moved to Nicaragua a few months ago.  Amazing how what is hidden in the heart of an artist is exposed in the art.</p>

Self portrait. This is me and all my emotion right before I moved to Nicaragua a few months ago. Amazing how what is hidden in the heart of an artist is exposed in the art.

Posted 93 weeks ago
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Posted 93 weeks ago

Perfect Love

A few months ago I was driving at night when I was overcome by an incredible love for the people of my city.  I had a vision of God pouring His perfect love into the hearts of the people, healing and restoring all their broken hearts.  It was God showing me His heart for the souls.   At the time I wondered if I was supposed to paint the vision.  A few days after that I received a phone call from a lady at my church.  She said that God had told her that I was supposed to paint a picture of His love for the people.  Confirmation!  I didn’t have any canvases at that time, and I felt that the painting should on the larger side, thus requiring a larger canvas.  Weeks passed, and I still wasn’t able to buy the canvas.  I told God, “Lord if you want me to paint that painting, you will need to provide the canvas."  Just last week I was finally able to buy the canvas.  Which just so happened (I don’t believe in coincidences) to be the week before I was randomly asked to preach at my church.  When I asked God what to speak about, guess what He said…"I want my people to know how much I love them”….wow, God’s perfect timing!  So I finally did the painting and used it as a prop for my preaching.  Here it is: “Perfect Love”

Posted 190 weeks ago

Art Battle

Art Battle #118 in Oakville was a blast!  We only had 20 min to paint, but I surprised myself and finished in a record time of 15 min!  I made it to the final round where I painted my second cityscape in 15 min as well!  I love the thrill of painting competitions, but I’m not so sure that this is the path to God’s blessing.  There is no competing in the Kingdom of God.  Everyone is uniquely talented and gifted.  Recently I cheered on my nephew who made it to the final round of the Shining Star Competition (Christian singing competition, similar to American Idol), As I watched each of the participants take their turn performing I was struck by how fundamentally wrong it was for us to be competing against each other.  How can a panel of judges truly evaluate our gifts?  God does not have favourites.  As fun as these types of competitions are, lets not put our hopes and dreams in them.  God has a fabulous plan for each one of us.

Here is “Night”, my first piece, followed by the second piece, “Heaven”:

 

Posted 192 weeks ago

The Brush Off

Last night was my second time competing at The Brush Off speed painting competition at the Museum downtown Kitchener.  This year the bar was raised with a new level of professionalism.  My fellow competing artists were more intimidating, and the first cut was more severe, as half of the twenty artists were sent home after the first round.  I was excited but nervous.  To make matters scarier, the winners from last year were painting right beside me, one on my right and one on my left!  I only had a handful of friends there, so I didn’t have a lot of votes in my pocket - the odds were definitely not in my favour!  The first round we were allowed to paint whatever we wanted, and I chose to do a city scene.  I finished in twenty minutes flat, here it is:



I named it “The City of Miracles”.  The miracle was that not only did I get voted through, but I received the prize for getting the most votes for this first round!   

For the second round the subject was given, and we were asked to paint, “What is sexy to you”.  I decided to paint the Lion of Judah.  To me there is nothing more attractive and alluring than seeing love in someone’s eyes.  I tried to capture God’s amazing love in His eyes, but He ended up looking more sad than anything else.  Even though I didn’t get voted through to the third round, I was very pleased with how I did.  It was the first time I painted a lion in 30 minutes, without a photograph or without sketching it out first.  Here is “Loving Tears”:



It was tons of fun, and I will definitely compete again next year if they will have me back! 

Posted 203 weeks ago

Planet X

Yesterday I found myself painting at a prophetic conference.  Due to the nature of the conference, I had been praying for God to show me something really powerful to paint.  Recently God has been revealing the signs of our times throughout His church, and yesterday I felt a part of that revelation as I was led to paint my first space scene.  The painting shows Planet X (aka Nibiru) passing by Earth.  If you haven’t heard of Planet X, look into it.  One good video you could watch is: Planet X.  Planet X is due to pass by the sun sometime in 2016.   This only happens every 316-377 years, and when it does, it always causes major cataclysms on Earth.  Planet X is most likely responsible for the great flood, as well as the three hour eclipse during Jesus’s crucifiction, and when Joshua asked God to stop the sun from going down for a 12 hour extended day.  Did you know that the biblical historical explanation of the creation of  Earth and all that has happened to it, is the only “theory” that can be fully backed up by science?  You should read the science book called: “In the Beginning” by Walt Brown.  It will strengthen your faith.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that if science can explain a miracle, then it is no longer a miracle. The miracle is in the amazing timing of the science.  Only God can orchestrate the perfect timing of each scientific event that has and will occur.  If ever you want to see God’s greatness and his Glory, just have a look at some photos of the universe.  The immensity and beauty always blows me away.  I have a feeling that I will be painting more of these space scenes, as God continues to speak through His planets and stars.


“Passing Earth”

Posted 203 weeks ago

The Ultimate Artist

I call myself an artist today, but a few years ago I was a supply-chain coordinator.  For many years I buried my artistic talents and pursued success in the business world.  I never thought I would ever pursue the arts, it seemed like an unlikely way to make a living.  I eventually realized that I actually didn’t like business, nor was I very good at it,  and I started doing some soul searching.  By soul searching, really I mean God seeking.  I have come to realize that only God knows what is hidden deep within our hearts and souls.  If you seek Him, He will meet with you and speak to you.

When God first told me to start painting, I was totally surprised.  Never in my life had I imagined that God thought the arts were important as a ministry in His body (church).  I don’t know why I thought this way, after all He is the ultimate artist! 

Have you ever admired a sunset, or marveled at a beautiful flower?  Have you ever been amazed by all the different types of animals and insects there are?  Have you ever noticed how snow sparkles like a bed of diamonds when the light catches it at night? Have you ever wondered at the beauty and power of a thundering waterfall?  Have you ever taken a stroll in a forest in autumn?  Such beauty, such creativity, such variety, what an artist!  Some of the most beautiful works of art are the people that surround us.  My children are such beautiful masterpieces that I thank God for everyday. 

If I was to describe God, I would say that first and foremost He is Love, and second He is Creative.  A creative and loving God, loves it when we create!!  Do not hide the talents God has placed in you!  He wants you to use them for His Glory!

Posted 203 weeks ago

Prophetic Interpretation

It is not always the prophet’s privilege to interpret the word God gives through them.  I believe God does this in order for the body to rely on each other, and not to feel self sufficient in their gifting.  Most of my paintings are interpreted by others, I am rarely the first to see what God has painted through me.  Quite often, people will see things that I didn’t even realize I had painted.  The first time this happened, was when I painted “Sapphire Throne”.  I had painted fire sitting on the throne, but it wasn’t until weeks after I had finished and hung the painting that my husband noticed that there is a face in the fire.  It became quite the hot topic among my family and friends.  Two people thought that the face looked scary, someone thought that it looked sad, and I started to question whether or not the face looked serious, or mad, or scary.  One night after discussing the painting with my sister-in-law, I decided that I should throw out the painting just in case I had offended God by painting something so holy.  After I told her about my decision to throw it out, I felt a strong grievance in my spirit.  I asked God what was the matter, and he told me not to throw out the painting.  And so, the face is open to interpretation.  What do you think?

Sapphire Throne

Posted 203 weeks ago

The Willingness to be Vulnerable

There are many artists who are very talented, but are not willing to show people their work.  They are not willing to put themselves in a position to get rejected, because, rejection hurts!  Anybody who has ever been in a relationship knows that if you are not willing to be vulnerable and expose your heart to the possibility of rejection, then you will never be able to experience true intimacy.  This is true in marriage, in friendships, and even in your relationship with God.  There is something powerful in saying, “Here I am, this is how I feel about you, I have nothing to hide." 
The more you have been rejected, the less willing you probably are to put yourself in a  position of vulnerability. 
There is only one reason why people are willing to put themselves out there.    The reason is, they know their true value, and they know that no matter what anybody says against them, someone else who’s opinion is the most important, values and loves them the way they are, imperfections and all.  For me, that someone is God.  Most people need healing from all the rejection and abuse in their lives before they can truly receive God’s love and acceptance.  The key to your healing is forgiving.  Once you forgive those who hurt you, and you are filled with God’s love, you will find that no person has the power to define you. 
I personally have experienced  the amazing healing power of forgiveness.  I have learned how much God loves me, and it has broken down my old walls of self defense and allowed me to be vulnerable.  My new-found ability to be vulnerable has healed my marriage and prevented a divorce.  My ability to be vulnerable has allowed me to do public speaking without having an anxiety attack.  My ability to be vulnerable is the reason I am able to post my art for the world to see, without fear of rejection.  I am quite aware that there are many artists out there who are ten times more talented than me, but that does not intimidate me.  I am painting because God wants me to, not because I think I’m really good.  The only thing amazing about my work, is God’s presence in it.  God loves to take the under dog and use them, because then the glory of their success goes to Him, and not to the person.  I can take no credit for whatever success I might achieve as an artist, because I have no formal education or training, and technically I am not an expert. 
 Jesus was willing to be tortured and murdered, rejected and humiliated to save the few who would receive Him as their saviour.  If Jesus did that for me, then I think I can put myself out there for many to judge in order to reach the few who will be blessed by my work.

Posted 203 weeks ago

To sign, or not to sign?

For awhile now, I’ve felt unsure about signing my paintings.  Especially when I feel particularly inspired by the Holy Spirit, it seems wrong to sign my name to something that He did through me.  Nevertheless, I have been signing my work with my married name, Lily Martinez.  Last Saturday, when I was painting “Open Floodgates”, it came time to sign, and I hesitated but out of habit I started to paint on my name - just as I was finishing the “y” in Lily, the floor started shaking so forcefully that I could not continue!  I laughed at God’s subtlety, and put down my brush.  I decided to leave it as it was, with only half of my signature.  You see, as I was signing, all the people started dancing and jumping, and shaking the floor of the church.  I felt it was confirmation to that nagging thought at the back of my brain.  So the next couple of paintings I did, I decided to try out a new signature.  I painted HS inside of an L.  Representing the Holy Spirit inside of Lily……..I think I’ll make the change permanent.  Heaven forbid that I take the glory for His goodness!!

Posted 203 weeks ago

Painting my Dream

Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed about strange things happening in the sky.  I would always be on the top floor of a tall building looking at the night sky from a balcony, and I could see planets colliding and stars moving around in unusual patterns.  Some of the stars were crashing into our earth causing great catasrophy, and the people around me were always in a panic.  I have come to realize that those dreams were prophetic.  In the past few years God has been giving me more and more prophetic dreams. 

Recently I had a very vivid dream where I was on the roof of a tall building in a city.  As I was looking at the night sky I saw the moon zooming across the sky to the right.  When the moon stopped, I noticed that it had lined up above four other moons.  One of the moons looked like the edges were on fire (I believe this was the moon eclipsing the sun).  One by one each of the moons dropped down out of the sky.  When the last moon fell, a huge wave came crashing over the city.  Many people were trying to escape the building I was in, and they were climbing down from the roof on the outside of the building right into the crashing wave.  I have had several different people give me different interpretations of the dream, but I think that the dream is about the coming four blood moons.  Check out this video, someone told me to watch this after I told them about my dream.






Posted 203 weeks ago

From Realistic to Imaginative to Supernatural

It was only five years ago that God called me to start painting for Him.  I had no training, no preferred method or style, and basically no clue.  I started out by copying photographs – trying to mimic every detail and colour.   That was what I thought I should do because growing  up I watched my mother (artiste extraordinaire - Katherine Nesrallah) paint in this way.  I did however use acrylics, while my mother uses oils.
   
 

     

     After a year, I started to feel unsatisfied with my work.  My heart’s desire was to create not imitate.  Struggling with my fear of losing my mother’s approval,  I hesitated for awhile, but finally took the leap and started to paint from my imagination.  It was very freeing, and for the first time I really enjoyed painting!


 



     The latest development in my style is only very recent.  January 2013 I entered a speed painting competition, where I discovered that I loved painting fast.  I found that when I paint under a time restriction, and I cannot plan my piece it allows the Holy Spirit to flow and lead me much more freely.  Sometimes God will give me a vision right before I begin, and then I will trust God to show me how to paint it.  When this happens, I have no previously developed techniques or methods, I just know what colours to use.  God literally teaches me as I paint.  Some new styles have emerged as a result.  I feel that these paintings are not only prophetic, but they are supernatural.

 


     

Posted 203 weeks ago
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