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Freezing, Faith, and the Future

I’m Freezing

Let me start by saying that I don’t know what the temperature is at this moment, but I am freezing! I’m sitting in a cold, metal chair as a cool/cold and damp wind cuts straight to my bones.

As you can see in the above picture, I’m here in the courthouse square at the farmer’s market in Sandersville, GA. I’ve been coming here most Saturdays for the last couple of months. But, unlike all the other days, this one is cold.

It’s sorta funny, though. I’ve been in colder weather, for sure. The temperature, here, isn’t exactly cold enough to freeze the moisture in your breath. However, I FEEL the cold, and it’s making me feel sickly.

Fortunately, I have a Stanley thermos full of hot coffee. That should at least keep the big dogs with the brandy around their necks away. . . for now.

Faith

One may wonder why I come out here every week, especially when I rarely sell any of my artwork. Well, first of all, this isn’t the best time to be doing what I’m doing; the crowds go way, way down when there are no vegetables for sale. But, secondly, it really is more about meeting people than selling paintings (although selling some art would certainly help).

Just this morning I was blessed by a man named Roscoe. Roscoe and his two granddaughters stopped by my table to admire my work, then he began to talk about Jesus. It literally took him no more than 2 minutes to move the conversation into praises to God for his goodness!

I don’t know if I will sell anything today, but I’m still hoping. Nevertheless, I have faith that God will use me to bless someone – or maybe it was meant for me to get the blessing.

The Future

I think that my immediate future will include a break from the cold as I sit in my car for a few minutes. There are other people around me, so if anyone wants to buy anything, the other folk will tell them where I am – I hope.

It would be nice to become a world-famous artist, but that’s really up to the Lord. My main goal is to bring glory to God through my art (since He gave me the talent) and make Jesus even more well known.

If uplifting the name of Jesus Christ is my goal, my future looks bright 🙂

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Check Out My Online Store!

It’s early Sunday morning, like only 7 minutes in at the time of this writing. So what am I doing up so late?

Well, I’m an emotional wreck, for one thing. I’ll give you one guess why, and it has nothing to do with the price of Disney World season passes.

Regardless, I’ve got to live life and bring a little joy into people’s lives where I can. And where it’s possible, tell them about Jesus.

And one way that God has given me an open door to talk about His majesty and grace is through the gift and talent of art. That’s why I’m trying to waste no time taking my painting seriously.

I would love for you to check out my online store by clicking on the link below. There you will be able to order prints, even the original paintings, if you’d like.

https://anthony-baker-art.square.site/

I only started working on the store this afternoon, so it still needs a little tweaking. There are more paintings to add, but I’ll have to get to those a little later in a day or two.

Have a great Lord’s Day!

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“Whatsoever Ye Do…”

If I’ve preached it once, I’ve preached it more than 7 times (I can’t preach the same sermon over and over): “Whatever gift or talent you have, it can be used for the Lord.”

I was told that not just Saturdays, but even on Wednesdays there are vendors at the local courthouse square selling their wares (mostly vegetables and stuff).

But evidently not today! It’s just me!

At least it’s not raining 😉

That’s OK! I’ve already got to talk with people, even if I haven’t sold anything. And what did I talk about most? Church, ministry, evangelism, etc. And one college-age girl wanted to know when our services started Sunday morning (she is looking for a congregation in which to fit)!

But here I am in a parking lot on a cool day without the sun burning me up. I’ve got plenty of coffee, a chair, my Bible, and a full charge on my iPhone. I’m blessed.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. – Colossians 3:17

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Help a Budding Artist Bloom Into a Tree

Remember how I told you in an earlier post that I had started painting? 

Well, I would LOVE for you to check out the new page (here on this blog) called, “Take Home My Art!”

When I started getting requests for prints, I had to go find a place that would make them. But now that I have, I want to share them with you!

However, just to make it easy for you on a Friday, I will go ahead and copy the page content to this post.

Have a blessed weekend!

-Anthony


Welcome to
“The Pastor’s Brush”

I want to make prints of my paintings available to everyone!
(and maybe make a few dollars)
Therefore, as they become available, I will offer them here for you to purchase.

UPDATE! FREE SHIPPING in the United States!

International purchases will require additional shipping (please contact me by email before purchasing): pastoracbaker@yahoo.com

NOTE: I do not make these prints; they are purchased from iprintfromhome.com. Their professional work is top-tier and will not disappoint.  Click here for a description of Giclee prints. If you want something that’s going to look like the real thing, this is what you want.

Pricing:

Larger and Smaller sizes available upon request (Larger prints cost more; smaller ones cost less)
Matting and framing are available at a reasonable additional cost (provide by L.H. Carter at Warthen Custom Frames)

8.5 x 11 Somerset Giclee Print…. $26
Semi-matte Photographic…. $13.50
9 x 12    Somerset Giclee Print…. $28
Semi-matte Photographic…. $15
12 x 18  Somerset Giclee Print…. $40.50
Semi-matte Photographic…. $20
8 x 8      Giclee Print…. $20

Warthen Lane, Warthen, GA. A typical middle-Georgia dirt road. (11″x15″ paper)

Available in your choice of print size and quality, but I’d recommend the larger Giclee print.

Mitchel Baptist Church, Mitchell, GA (original on 11 x 15 cold-pressed paper)

Available in your choice of print size and quality.

A reproduction of the 1953 baptistery painting that used to hang in Bethlehem Baptist Church, Warthen, GA. (original on 8 x 8 paper)

(A square painting) Available in multiple sizes and quality, but the photographic paper doesn’t look as good with this. I’d recommend the Somerset Giclee.

After the pine trees had been farmed in middle Georgia, not the Apocalypse. (9″x12″ canvas)

Available in multiple sizes of PAPER, even canvas!

There are multiple drawings, paintings, and photos of Bethlehem Baptist Church, but hardly anyone has focused on just the stained glass window in the front. The original painting is on 11 x 15 cold press paper.

 

This is a variation of the original stained glass window painting. Either one can be ordered in your choice of size and paper surface.

To Order:

For easy ordering, click on the PayPal link below and pay with a debit or credit card, or use your PayPal account.
Make sure to specify which painting, which size, and what type of paper in the “purpose” section.

Unless you want your print signed (LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU PAY), all orders will be drop-shipped from the printer and should arrive within a few days 🙂

PLEASE let me know if you have any questions.
My email is PastorACBaker@yahoo.com. You can even call me at (423) 645-8884.

Thank you!

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Who Knew I Could Paint? God Did!

COVID Blessings

Remember what it says in the Book of James? “Count it all joy…” (James 1:2).

Or what about Psalm 118:24? This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

My point is that, yes, his whole virus thing has been tragic, but have there been no silver linings? Has God not been at work? Has all the time we’ve been forced to “be still” been worthless? No, God has been at work in ways we would have never slowed down enough for had COVID-19 not been thrust upon us.

As a matter of fact, even if you have been personally affected by the virus, stop right now and thank God for his love, his mercy, and His grace. Thank Him! Praise Him! He is worthy!

Blessed Art

One of the blessings that I received was the realization that I had a talent for painting. Now, I don’t claim to be a Michaelangelo or Bob Ross, but as of this point, a few people have actually given me money for my work, which not only shocked me but affirmed the gift God has given me.

And the art money pays for my watch hobby! No guilt!

But even more, I am finding that the things that I am drawn to paint resonate with others. In just the short time that I’ve been doing this, just a few months, I’ve heard so many comments like:

  • “That reminds me of home.”
  • “That will make her so happy.”
  • “Do you sell your paintings?”
  • “I would buy a print of that.”
  • “The Lord has blessed you.”

Below are a few paintings I have done and will probably have prints made, soon. (UPDATE: Click HERE for prints)

Mitchel Baptist Church, Mitchell, GA (watercolor on 11×15 paper)

A reproduction of the 1953 baptistery painting that used to hang in Bethlehem Baptist Church, Warthen, GA. (watercolor on 8×8 paper)

After the pine trees had been farmed in middle Georgia, not the Apocalypse. (9in x 12in canvas)

Warthen Lane, Warthen, GA. A typical middle-Georgia dirt road. (11×15 paper)

So what do you think? Isn’t that a blessing? I had no idea I could do anything like this until God forced me to sit in a house for a while.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! – Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

Sometimes what God does is force us to be still, the result being His name is praised throughout all the earth!

Think about how many sermons have gone out through all the world in the last 6 months!

And now there are people like me who have found new ways to give God glory!

Yes, I’m blessed. 

 

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I Succumbed to the Temptation

This is our dining room table.

Half of it is covered with my “stuff.” There’s my paints, paper, brushes, a candle for when I am reading, my coffee, magnifiers for looking at watches close up, my Bible, and my laptop.

I didn’t really have time to sit down to write, but the open computer and the longing for that tactile feeling of my fingertips clicking the plasticky, rubbery keys of the keyboard… You know, for the writer, it’s like a drug!

I’ve got reading to do – LOTS of it.

At 1 pm I am supposed to be somewhere.

There’s so many things to talk/write about, yet I just don’t have the energy (emotionally or physically) to do it.

But man, the feeling of that keyboard and the visual proof on the screen that creation is taking place…

I gave in. I’m here. Forgive me.

But I promise, should you want to visit for dinner (or supper), I’ll make sure the table has plenty of room.

I feel much better, now.

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It’s Just Been Busy and Writing Is Draining

Dear friends,

I just wanted to send out a quick update, just in case you were out there wondering why in the world I hadn’t been writing much as of late.

Well, honestly, it all boils down to two simple reasons: I have been more busy than ever because of the virus, and writing, especially about anything going on these days, is simply too tiring.

I can’t do everything. At least not as much as I want to.

So, when things slow down a little and I can afford the luxury to write more, my posts might go back to more in-depth, thoughtful commentary on life, reality, marriage, crime, politics, pets, legalism, watercolor painting, theology, people-watching, watches, zoology, substance abuse, and irrational fears.

Until then, follow Jesus.

Oh, and I’ll include a few videos to show you what I’ve been up to 😉

– Anthony

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Click on the Facebook link to watch Pastor Kenneth Ware and I talk racism and Jesus 🙂 The discussion will be on Facebook Live at 2pm eastern.

https://www.facebook.com/events/556523215236606/

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Purple Flowers

I painted this picture on a greeting card.

It’s called “Purple Flowers.”

It is based on a previous photo I took while walking.

Photographed in natural light with my iPhone 10s.

I will be mailing the card out to a member of our church. I do this on a regular basis in order to encourage our church family. 

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