Bringing the Love of Jesus to Seattle Pride


Hatred runs rampant in our country, infiltrating the hearts and minds of the people; if not combated hate will most certainly consume you. If not for love where would we be? Our homeland would be a dark place with no joy, no hope, and no peace. 


The scripture I want to share with you and with everyone comes from 1 John. 


Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is Love. 

1 John 4:7-8 new King James 


My mission for pride was to spread the love of Jesus to a community that continues to feel judgement and hatred from the Christian community. I hand crafted these rainbows for the festival, attached, scriptures and handed them out all around Seattle yesterday. I talked to so many different people from various backgrounds and loved on my sister and her friends. The conversations I had were mostly pleasant and overall it was a very fun Sunday. 

It breaks my heart that haters can spread their darkness and claim to be Christians. Jesus would be ashamed of this…


No No No NO NOOOO!!!!

A thousand times no.
Please stop this vileness.
God does not hate you! He loves every one of his children from the little innocent babies to the murderers and everyone in between. He despises sin… Which we all have. Including the men holding these signs. 

During Jesus’ time there were thousands of religious laws that the leaders (not Jesus) enforced for fear of hell and damnation. But there is GOOD NEWS!!! God sent his beloved only child to this earth to form a new covenant… The past is left behind. Through His death and resurrection we are saved and made perfect in the Lord’s eyes so that when he looks at us he doesn’t see us or our sin but he sees his child on the cross. 

When Jesus is asked, “So what laws should we follow?” His response was simple…

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind… Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37

This is so simple! 

Love 

Love

Love

It’s all you need.

I abandoned a few small art pieces that go along with this “God is Love” theme for others to find. 


I’m sharing this experience of mine in hopes of inspiring other Christians to do the same. After walking the parade when we came to the Pacific Science Center they had booths set up like any other festival. There were some selling things and others giving things away for free… The scientologists had a booth as did the atheists, the satanists, the humanists, and others all had booths to spread their message… There was not a Christian booth… We were represented mainly by hatred filled people screaming and yelling, cursing the LGBTQ community to hell. This has got to change. Next year we should all go to show the love of Jesus. 
Sure there are things that may or may not make you feel uncomfortable such as light drug use and heavy nudity… But should we let that stop us from ministering to this community and forming bonds with people who are not like ourselves in some ways? We are all the same in the end. 
So I ask you this… Does it really matter who someone loves? 
Personally I don’t condone casual sex because of my history and also other reasons. But there are seasons in everyone’s lives… Some people have seasons of casual sex, others have addictions and other afflictions. Everyone should feel comfortable going to Church, worshiping the Lord, and forming a personal relationship with Christ. Leave the rest up to God… 


Gay people are people… 

They have bodies

We all have hearts

Let’s try to use them

That would be a start

White, brown, black, blue

God loves you

No matter what you do

You cannot escape 

The love of God

All encompassing

All inclusive

And gender neutral

Love is love

Is love

Is love

God is love


Another part of my mission was to share the brand, “if not for love.” This nonprofit started by Esther Little helps support refugees. For every t-shirt bought you also supply a shirt to a refugee. I passed out these stickers and a couple bags. If not for love.com


Thanks to everyone who helped make this Pride perfect! A special shout out to all the service men and women who made sure things stayed safe for everyone. We had so much fun. I look forward to doing more next year…Who knows maybe we can have a Christian based booth to help combat the enemy in the LGBTQ community?

-Dominique Barrentine

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Paintings Portfolio Post of Recent Works

The following paintings were all completed by your’s truly within the month of May 2016. Upon moving to California I felt a sudden rush of inspiration. I continue to order canvases, painting everything that comes to mind. It feels like a whirlwind of creative energy flows in the breeze that picks up the grain and flowers in the hills.

Selecting which paintings to post today was tricky as I have started way more then I have finished in the last few weeks. At least I am capturing so many ideas to finish as time (and my hands) allow. It’s hot outside and the sun is shining.

Welcome summer and farewell to spring.

This first painting is called “Jazz Garden.” My dear husband helped me name it. When he saw the completed canvas he said to me, “It looks like music.” I agreed, then the name popped into my head. He wants to hang it in the music studio🎶🎵🎶

This  was my second attempt at painting this idea…

This was the first“Flower Tunnel” It’s an abstraction of what it might look like if by some miracle the viewer had shrunk down like Alice from Wonderland. I always loved that idea. I piled layers of acrylic paint on top of greens and blues. Perhaps I many continue to paint this idea several move times

Here is a drawing I did first

Experimenting with abstracted flowers and pointillism has been a common theme in my most recent work. The hills and trees with their natural beauty overwhelm me sometimes. I feel so blessed to live among God’s glorious creation.

“Iris Abstraction”

Our new home ha such beautiful irises. I couldn’t get enough photographs of them on my phone one morning just after they had opened so I decided to paint them. Going more with capturing the essence of the thing as apposed to a realist representation I painted without real planning or self input. I love giving over my hand when painting. It is not me but the creator inside of me…
“Blue Black Space Explosion” may just be a temporary name for this piece in not quite sure yet. I do know that I painting it first upon arrival. Using a rusted nail and dripping paint I hadn’t even unpacked my brushes yet. Even during our busiest seasons we should all remember to try to continue doing those things we love.

I love painting!

I stared painting space inspired pieces last year and I may post some of my first ones soon to add to my online collection of works. I’m looking forward to building from here.

“Untitled, Hot Space Abstraction”

Currently I’m really enjoying mixing my own acrylic paints, selecting colors and like in this one combining flat, iridescent, and neon paints as well. I plan on expanding this collection even further soon. Using multiple canvases like this also has been allowing me to create even larger paintings. Another angle gives you the idea how hanging differently makes this picture pop in various places. I love that most of my paintings couple be hung in a variety of ways changing the look of the art. “Orange Space Abstraction”

Like a fireball planet I created this piece mostly with warm bright yellows and orange, adding in gold for highlight. These have been so fun and I feel passionate about continuing on.

Comments, questions, suggestions, and messages of all kinds are much appreciated. I hope you enjoyed my favorite six paintings I completed in May. Hopefully I will take the time to post more… Perhaps even tomorrow? Who knows?!? I’m so random sometimes. Lol. Anyways

Thanks for reading, Bye✌🏽️

-Dominique Barrentine 

Artist trading cards by Dominique Barrentine 

  
Zentangles and Artist Trading Cards by Dominique Barrentine. 

Has anyone ever heard of artists trading cards? I only just recently learned about these but I can’t wait to start collecting. They basically work like any other trading card but you need to be an artist to make and trade them. Then you need to know other artists to trade with. Does anyone want to trade with me? 

   
I got into the artist trading cards around the same time I discovered zentangles thanks to a book my grandmother gave to me. I took to them immediately and even made a full size canvas “Zentangle” in full color. I hope you like it, I sure do! 

 
I feel like zentangles are great practice for my hand. The small projects likes these are perfect for art on the go or when you only have limited time. They have influenced my art in other ways and have an overall calming effect during stress ful times. I feel close to God when I sit and draw. 
-Dominique Barrentine 

TODAY DOMENECH DYNAMIC ARTIST, SCULPTOR, PART II 

  

This is Anna Conner, painter, sculptor, and movement artist. Yesterday on that crazy life I highlighted her remarkable skill as a painter. Today I want to give you a glimpse of her work as a sculptor. I didn’t feel like I could cover her variety of talents in one blog post so three parts it is! I am falling in love with the original, brilliant, and multifaceted artistic renditions of DOMENECH. 

  
Entitled, “The Kingmaker” these three photographs show parts of a larger installment. With ideas as unique as hair sculpture I can see DOMENECH going to unknown places with her sculpting. I love the attention to detail that went into this sculpted artistic experience. 

To quote the artist “There is so much turmoil that we go through in life so shedding away our hair and turning it into something beautiful is what I’m going for” -DOMENECH Aka Anna Conner

   

In this photograph you can see an even larger hair sculpture! This piece seems like the oversized version of the smaller “hair nests” I noticed around the room in other parts. Simply astonishing this piece reminds me of a nest but from the corner of my eye in the preifereal vision I almost see an oversized tarantula spider. Yuck but still cool huh? I love the composition of the piece with a model posing among her sculptures. 

The final piece of Anna Conner’s sculpture I wish to share it this… Cinder blocks with hair nests… Very peculiar but interesting in its own right. 
That concludes part 2 of my three part blog post on artist DOMENECH aka Anna Conner. For more information on her art check out her WordPress Blog IAMDOMENECH,  Facebook, and feel free to email her directly at domenechpaintings@gmail.com
Coming Tomorrow, 

PART III DOMENECH AKA ANNA CONNER CO MOTION ACTIVATED ART 

-Dominique Barrentine
 
 

 

TODAY Presenting Unique Seattle Artist DOMENECH

  
Recently my husband and I stumbled upon this inspiring painter and sculptor quite by accident on Facebook; her name is DOMENECH. Actually her name is Anna Conner but she paints under her maiden name, DOMENECH.

  
Looking over her blog IAMDOMENECH BLOG. I am amazed by the variety of abstract colorful canvases displayed on her site. She is such a prolific artist useing a wide variety of styles. Such a rainbow, I love these! 

  

Some are more simple while others are busy with action. My husband complimented the motion within each piece.  

 

I love the contrast between her more colorful vs. monotone or monochromatic pieces. 

   
These are from her “Broken Buildings,” series that was shown recently at New Tomorrow a gallery on Capitol Hill in Seattle Washington. 

  This one reminds me of the surface of the moon. I love the classic timeless beauty of black-and-white Art.  
Wow the textures in this painting are so cool. Again I love her use of contrast. I feel as if I am looking at the surface of the moon. 

  
I enjoy viewing this painting because it seems to me that there are figures posing for a portrait in the messy life like layers. Many of her paintings contain figures or the impression of beings in them. 

  
The contrast and texture of the paint on canvas gives the eye plenty to draw you in. Some of her paintings incorporate bits of fabric. I love painters who lay the paint on think creating depth and dimension. Abstract paintings have always been my art form of choice. DOMENECH has quickly joined the ranks mf my favorite abstract artists. I could look at her artwork all day. 

  
I find these unique paintings to be of masterpiece quality. The use of color and technique are brilliant. Every one of her paintings is inspiring to me. 

  
I want to thank the artist, Anna Conner aka DOMENECH, for this sneak peek into your amazing artistic mind. For anyone wanting to contact the artist E-mail is domenechpaintings@gmail.com 

  
As I delve deeper into her extensive collection of work I realize I will have to write more on her as an artist. So consider this part 1 of 3 on the artist known as DOMENECH. 

  
This part one covers just a small amount of her paintings to see more I encourage you to check out her Facebook as well. 
  

Part two I will share with you her sculpture. Finally in part three of this series showcasing this multi faceted artist, I will close with a highlight of her performance, movement art. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this Artist highlight. 

-Dominique Barrentine 

Megan Nedds: The Fantastic Fiber Artist


Please let me introduce you to the amazing and fantastic fiber artist, Megan Nedds. She is truly inspiring to me. As I looked through her portfolio of life like creations my jaw dropped! I couldn’t believe how realistic these needle felted animals are. Megan is a magnificent artist! I am really excited to share her work here on my blog. She has so many amazing felted creations it’s hard to know where to start.


This is Clementine the alpaca. She is one of the many fiber animals artists will use for their wool. I loved that Megan chose to create a replica of these important and valuable creatures. I can just imagine the smell of the soft new wool Clementine, the young alpaca cria must have. (Wow! I just learned the word for a baby alpaca is a cria. I had to look it up:)


I was first taken aback by Megan Nedds life like birds. Lola, the green-macaw is so beautiful with a majestic wingspan. I’ve always loved birds since I was a child, especially bright colorful ones like these felt sculptures. I can tell that this artist is a bird lover and a true animal lover. She has an amazing eye!


Look how cute and lifelike Oliver, the Budgie is as he perches like a pet bird on Megan’s finger. The details that go into each one of these lovingly made masterpieces are so intricate and accurate. I just adore all of her birds! Here are just a few more of her birds of many varieties:


I was also particularly drawn to her owls. Has anyone else ever noticed how popular owls and birds in general seem to be these days? The textile birds from a few years ago comes to mind. I have artist friends that devote their time solely on birds.
Here are a couple adorable owls. I call them adorable but in reality owls are actually predator animals. They have even been known to attack humans from time to time especially for getting too close to a nest. If you seen an owl nesting do not disturb it. The owls talons are sharp and these dangerous birds usually go for the eyes and the back of the neck even when you flee. Adorable!


This is Vincent the snowy owl. He stands ten and a half inches tall with beautiful “feathers” and golden glowing eyes,

And this is Glenn, the snowy owl. One of her largest creations, Glenn is a whopping eighteen inches tall! Wow! That’s a big bird.


Moving on from birds let me introduce Donatello the gray wolf. What is striking to me about him are his strong features and the careful blending in the different tones of his fur.
As you can tell from these photos all of the felted animals can be posed due to their wire frames. They would be excellent for drawing reference in any art studio or decoration in the home of an animal lover.


I find it stunning how these wolves seem to look right at you. Whenever I see a wolf I think of my sister who is perhaps part wolf. She has always loved wolves and collects many wolf related things. Anyone with a similar collection would be thrilled to receive one of these one of a kind creations.


Megan’s collection of past works is very extensive. As far as I can tell most of these are custom pieces. She can offer quotes for custom pieces if you wanted to have a personalized item done and also answer any questions on Facebook. She has many wolves and other kinds of dogs as well. Check out this one!


Bailey is a shepherd and coonhound mix with expressive chocolate colored eyes. I can’t imagine how special it would be to memorialize a pet and this way. Even after they’ve died you would still have something to remember them by. I could see the statues being almost like stuffed animals for grown-ups and artists of all ages alike!


Megan Nedds seems to do an excellent job capturing facial expressions on the faces of these dogs. It really is the little details that make the dog come too life. Check out the little pads on the bottom of his feet. Kaltag is a smiling husky dog and I just love him! Don’t you?


Aww and sweet chocolate Cody with piercing blue eyes. These dogs just blow my mind!

Here are some more various dogs and wolves for you to admire.


Pictured here are some more wolves! Each one is posed in a different position. You have Midnight, Malachi, Kyle, and Dakota. I wish I could collect them all to have a whole pack of wolves together. These would be so cool to make old style animated movies with! 

If you are more of a cat person maybe you would prefer Harrison or Coco Puff, the cats. I love how she poses her animals in ways that capture their character. Look at Coco Puff as she playfully dances for an imaginary toy. Harrison the cat looks so snuggly with his patchy orange fur and that look that just screams, “Pick me UP MEOW!”


How precious and soft these felt creations are! I just want to collect them all and pet the soft fibers. This bunny, Banjo, is the cutest thing ever!

I love how each one has such a personal feel. They are all named and clearly lovingly made. The variety of creatures she has posted on her Facebook page is amazing.

The Woolen Wagon Facebook page for artist Megan Nedds
Wow, check out these African elephants! Megan Nedds has created many elephants of various sizes and types. My favorites are these two young calfs.


Look for her online now for more of the adorable animals and amazing creations, exotic Tigers to playful kittens and everything in between. To see her entire portfolio I urge you to check out, Megan Nedds on Facebook

Megan Nedds Facebook
And her etsy store!

The Woolen Wagon Etsy Store
And her WordPress Blog!

Megan Nedds WordPress
Thank You Megan for creating such magical art. I’m sure these animals bring joy to each and every customer you have. Thank you, Megan, for your passion for the animals and also for the charity work you do.

Right now if you purchase from her a donation will be made for a little baby’s heart surgery.

Check out Zoey’s Heart page also on Facebook

Charity for Baby Zoey’s Heart
Megan also shares images of the creation process and how she hand felts each part of her animals. She teaches others how to needle felt and is an inspiration to all of us artists that admire her!
Thank you Kris Hyland Kolb, Megan’s art teacher for your comment and also for taking this great photo of Megan. I love how this shot captures the artist’s personality alongside her work. 
Thanks again to Megan Nedds. I’ve really enjoyed your art so much!

-Dominique Barrentine

My Pop Culture Calendar

This is just a prototype I put together. It’s a little hectic and slightly random. I’m glad that I stopped when I did. I would love to know anyone’s thoughts. Would you buy this calendar? 

  This is the cover
  January
  February 
  March
  April
  May
  June
  July
  August
  September
  October
  November
  December

Hope you enjoyed my first art calendar! 

-Dominique Barrentine