July Sixth Drift:: a poem by Dominique 

Drift 

A poem by Dominique 

Drifting into the space

between dreams and reality 

Opening up the mind

to unknown possibilities

Breaking the chains of slavery 

freeing yourself with love

We ask ourselves questions 

in the deep dark

Am I meant to live this way 

or 

should I surrender it all to you? 

I choose submission 

to the one true God. 

Amen

-Dominique Barrentine 

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Abandon:: a poem by Dominique Barrentine 

Abandon:: 

a poem by:

Dominique Barrentine


Quietly I whisper my fears

To the Lord I give it all 

My burden is nothing

Innocently I cry with faith

Hopeful of the future 

My fear is nothing

Lonely I reach upwards

Inward I reach for the spirit

My reality is nothing

Honestly I try for love sake

Trying not to shake/break

My pain is nothing

Hopefully I teach love

Pouring into everyone 

My life is nothing


-Dominique Barrentine 

Revelations and Revolutions:: A poem by: Dominique Barrentine

Revelations and Revolutions::

A poem

by: Dominique Barrentine

A child’s laugh breaks 
The silence that overwhelmed us now filling the empty spaces 
Between innocence and maturity perhaps something close to a tear 
Sliding down and breaking
In the quiet darkness our minds wander to distant places, people, things
Revolving around appearances without any concern for truth
Don’t let the innocent disappear broken into the night
Embrace the uncomfortableness of change without fear
Step boldly into the space

The distance is nothing

Compared to the truth
We make the simple things complicated 
We break ourselves instead of embracing those imperfections
Beauty lies in the cracks

Secretly we cry

Alone we die
Never giving ourselves the chance to fully blossom 
Hiding the wrinkles and pretending on the outside
Waking alone without knowing where we are going 
Giving up control seems impossible
Ancient habits controlling our every move
Pretending becomes a full time job and nothing seems right
Until we give up control we can never know the truth 
The only way…

The truth, the light eludes so many but is available to all who seek reality
Wake up and abandon the life of sleep walking 
Reach to the heavens with true weakness bearing this honest beauty for all to see devoid of fear
Know that you are loved

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 

Following Your Dream, Destiny and God’s Purpose for your life

Ask God for the answers and often times He will respond. The question is if you are ready to listen to Him. Trust not in your own understanding but in all things seek Him. Then if He tells you to do something you better get on it! He hasn’t given you passion and creative ideas to put them on a shelf in the closet. Like when Jesus is talking about putting the lamp out in the room to lighten you must also let your light shine. 


“Jazz Garden” acrylic abstraction by: Dominique Barrentine 5/16

God gave us His unconditional perfect agape love for us to then give it back to the world. If there is a way for you to reach out and touch even one life… 

DO IT!!!


“Love” oil pastel abstraction by: Dominique Barrentine 5/16

How do you figure out what God’s plan for your life is??? 

First look at those things which you are passionate about. Then feel the tugging at your heart strings. Don’t ignore your love and spend all your dwelling in negativity. Like so many people have told me over the years… DO WHAT YOU LOVE. That is God’s desire. His desire is for you to love, be loved, and spread love. 


I’ve had to tell myself to stop doubting. Don’t wait for the booming voice or the full plan to be laid at your feet. That isn’t how God generally speaks. Instead listen to that little voice inside that says “yes” “you can” “let’s go this way” “I love you” 

That is God. 

My dog and I

With Love, 

-Dominique Barrentine 

God’s Purpose of Hardships and How to Combat Stress

Stress is like a virus that spreads from one person to the next. Like the flu when you worry and fret your energy is sapped, you grow weary and weak. When we freak ourselves out there is no benefit. We gain nothing from our stress yet each one of us does it to some extent or another. 

I propose another option instead of putting yourself in the weakened position of being stressed out, perhaps instead, we pray. As humans we have very little control over the day to day of our own lives. God has all the answers to this it’s only a matter of listening. When we pray (or meditate) we quiet ourselves and seek outside our own minds and bodies for the answers. Generally when we stress there is an emphasis of self blame. We try to fix our issues ourselves but it is impossible. 

Do not be anxious about anything. Instead give everything to God in prayer with thankfulness. Philippians 4:6  

The Bible tells us not to chastise our selves needlessly. God made us; He understands our propensity to stress ourselves out. He knows us so well. Through His words given to us in The Bible the answers are given clearly. He wants the best for us. Because He loves us so deeply the provisions for relief have already been made. 

So remember when life gets you down to talk to God. He can help you. He has all the answers and if you ask Him then perhaps He might tell you. Be kind to yourself. Let it go and let God handle it. Your Father in Heaven loves you so much, only wanting the best for your life. Follow Him, asking Him for help and you will feel better. 

One last thing… God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. At least… He doesn’t give us more than we can handle WITH HIS HELP. We need Him. He uses hard times to show us this. 

I believe that before we were born we lived with/within God and together with Him we chose our lives, our parents and the struggles we would encounter during our time on earth. In Heaven/within God everything is good, positive, and in some ways perhaps it is necessary for us to visit Earth so that we can experience contrast. If life on Earth was perfect it would be Heaven, we wouldn’t learn anything, and honestly I don’t see any purpose in that. 

God has a purpose for everything. Even the worst events on the face of the planet are God’s will. There is goodness even in evil; we must look closely at the darkness to appreciate the light. So just remember that the next time you’re stressed, hurting, and facing the darkness. 

Everything is for the Glory of God. 

-Amen

-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