"Song of Life: Brazos Bend Natives"; oil on panel; 24"x 18"
My first oil painting in over a decade relates that Beauty and Danger live together in Nature, according to God's design. This is related to my "Consider the Lilies" series, although it is an American Lotus, rather than a lily. In Matthew 6, we are told to be like the flowers of the field that rely on God for their Robes of Splendor. We can trust the Lord to provide, stop worrying about such things, and pour our energies into living for Him!
"Mallard in the Pink"; Pastel; 16"x 20" image
At the Zoo in Abilene, Texas, I caught this migrating Mallard Duck resting in the Flamingo Pool. It seemed very watchful of this gaudy group that stalked the waters seeking food. It's bright yellow-orange bill stood out to me, anchoring the scene amid the swirling pinks and greens. This scene reminds me of Job 12:7-10, where Job tells his friends that the birds and other creatures could teach us that Creator God is in control of all life on earth.
"View of El Avila From Las Mercedes"; Watercolor & ink; 8"x 10" image
This scene from our time in Caracas, Venezuela, is a personal reminder of God's care for us as we traveled and worked all over the world. God's providential care and the Lord's guidance keep me active and creating, my true Calling and gift from the Holy Spirit. What a blessing to know my purpose in life!
"Sycamore Tenacity"; Pastel; 11"x14" image
This was a scene that captured my memory while traveling several times to Oklahoma recently, crossing the Arbuckle Mountains. I am used to seeing huge sycamores beside the rivers in Central and South Texas, so this smaller one that clung to the rocky cliff face captured my imagination! It reminds me of my mama as she works to care for her ailing husband, hanging tough and praising God through the good and the bad.
"Dagger Point: Aransas NWR": Pastel; 16"x20"
I love the wind-swept oaks along the Texas Coastal Plains! At Dagger Point in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, we see the living and dead trees in a tableau of the very essence of Life-and-Death Matters. Trees have a way of teaching us to hang together to weather the storms of life, teaching us that Life is precious and worth protecting. In God's Word, the Psalms often speak of Nature witnessing the Power of God.
"Pearl of Great Price"; acrylics; 24" x 30"
Selling everything he had, the wise merchant invested all he had in the Pearl of Great Price -- all in, as the saying goes. Jesus Christ asked us to do this, to invest all we are and all we have in living for our Lord God. Are you investing in Eternal Life or Eternal Destruction? Those are our choices.
Around this pearl is inscribed the commandments "The greatest command is this: Hear, O Israel, the Lord is One! Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. And the second command is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.", from Jesus Christ's lesson found in Matthew 13: 45-46 of the Good News. So Love is the currency with which we invest in Eternal Life.
Wildlife and Conservation Art
Detail shot for "The Snare Has Been Broken" assemblage
It took months to slowly carve the bird from alabaster, my first stone sculpting experience. Based on the scriptures.
Concept and Narrative Art
"Echo", 18x24 inches, acrylics on canvas
This is about the wildlife that marks a healthy ecosystem, our indicator species of good water, and of balance between prey and predator.
"Six Degrees of Separation: Bacon" mixed media on canvas
This was created in response to the statement on my nature art, "It is all very 'pretty' and everything, but do you have anything in red?" Said with the intension to insult. After leaving the discussion, I began venting my frustration on canvas by painting a Red series. "You want red? I'll give you red -- red meat!" A play on the words surrounding the game by the same name.
Drawings in Various Media
"Cactus Flower"; Scratchboard (archival); 16" x 20"
Archival Scratchbord panel features the Texas Prickly Pear bloom and its spiny, succulent leaves (cactus pads), 16" x 20" original drawing. Part of a series of drawings featuring spiny (dangerous), yet beautiful Flora and Fauna.
"Brown Pelican: Curacao"; India inks on Claybord; 10" x 8" image
This is a scratchboard drawing using colored India inks from the very start, on a white Ampersand brand Claybord. It is a reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes. The lines and coloration of this bird are attractive to more than the passing pelicans!
"Butterfly Dance: Circa 1920"; India inks on Claybord; 11"x 14" image
Before the modern Shawl Dance became popular as a competitive dance among the younger Native American women, this dance featured the older women, dancing like a fluttering butterfly, bringing the spirit of healing to her family and tribe. This dance honored the fragile and ephemeral beauty of the older women and their healing presence in the tribe.
"Grape Hyacinth, Robed in Splendor"; Pastel; 7"x 5"
Pastel drawing, a study of complementary color; part of the "Consider the Lilies" Series based on Matthew 6 parable from Jesus Christ.
Detail of "Song of Joy" (work in progress); scratchboard
"Song of Joy" (detail from 18"x 24" piece) -- Scratchboard drawing, a work in progress fall 2014, by Nell Bednarz
"Below Mulholland Drive"; India ink and acrylics; 11" x 14"
Just below the scenic drive, south of Calabas, the view lifts up out of the clouds. This piece serves as a memento of a lovely week in June in the area north of Malibu, California.
"Consider the Lilies #6"; Pastel; 7"x 5" Image
Oh, we of little faith, God clothes the flowers of the field, so He will do this and more for us! Matthew 6.
"Orchids in My Kitchen", 8x12 inches, Color print
An award-winning photo from the kitchen still-life of fruit and flora.
"The Orchard Collection"
A scene from Mason, Texas, on a fine July day. Heritage of farming abounds! Digital color photo.
Sculpture and/or Assemblage
Fine Art Jewelry
Nell Bednarz work in silver and stone
Texas topaz rough and fancy jasper are just a couple of the many interesting materials used to create Scripture-inspired works at Nell Bednarz Fine Arts.
"Bloom" Agate and Chalcedony set
"Bloom" was created in Sterling silver as a reminder of God's care for all Creation. Jesus' parable in Matthew 6 teaches us to trust God to clothe us. Even the wildflowers are provided beautiful clothing, even though they do not spin nor sew. God cares for even the smallest in his world, so we can trust that God will care for each of us, if we lean upon him.