Monday, December 29, 2008

David Bowman Art...

I wanted to share these beautiful pictures and what the artist
has to say about each one of them! THANK YOU for sharing
DAVID BOWMAN may the Lord bless you abundantly :)

David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero". Check out his website at www.bowman-art.com to see more of his precious art.



"Innocence"
The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.


"Security"
One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generated
the exact feel I was looking for.



"My Child"
This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privilege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.

125 comments:

KC Mom said...

That art is so powerful and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it. Your blog is always so uplifting.

Janie said...

I love those. I can so see a little one touching Jesus' nose!

Heatherlyn Colt said...

Thank you for going to the trouble of posting these pictures! They are beautiful. I'm always so touched and grateful for artists who depict our Savior with such grace.

Marie Zamora said...

Wow! Those are beautiful!!

Liz said...

Those are so pretty! He is a very talented artist!

Phyllis said...

These are gorgeous!

Annette Lyon said...

Those are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I really needed that.

susette said...

I love to see pictures of the Savior where He is smiling. These are beautiful pieces of art. He should do well in the business.

Bren's Life said...

What great pictures. Thanks for sharing...

Rachel said...

These pics are gorgeous! I hadn't seen them before.

So...you called the artist? Is he a personal friend?

Rob said...

I love the 1st pic with the little boy. That's my favorite.

Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

Thanks for sharing these incredible works of art! WoW, they are amazing!

Sandra said...

I've always wanted to ask someone who paints, or draws pictues of the Savior. What is it like to create his brows, nose, lips, hair. Is it a specail as I imagine it to be?

Merrianne said...

those pictures are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!

clan of the cave hair said...

I love the one of the child touching Jesus' nose and his playful smile back. This is the version of Jesus I think is correct!

tammy said...

Oh my. I love these! They brought tears to my eyes and chills up my back. I love how the Savior is depicted. Beautiful.

Andrea said...

I love these. Thank you for sharing them.

Jan said...

Thanks for sharing his gift with us. It is so evident how much thought goes into each picture. You feel the emotions of what David is trying to convey. Beautiful work. Thanks for letting us peek at it.

Jen B. said...

Beautiful photos!

Barbaloot said...

Those are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

One More Equals Four said...

Beautiful!

Lilly's Life said...

They truly are amazing - how clever and talented David is. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Aspiemom said...

Just amazing! It was very gracious of him to allow you to post these!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for the visit! And your blog is pretty downright awesome too! Those pictures of Christ are especially touching.

bfs said...

Precious! As I stop and take a breath tonight after a day with 5 grand-babies, these are especially meaningful.

Kat said...

Wow! Those are absolutely gorgeous!

karis stapley said...

When I saw Daves name up there, I had to see what you'd posted about him since he is my husbands cousins husband - if that makes sense. They are very sweet and we love those guys. My mother in law has the "My Child" one which is my favorite from him and my nephew is in one of his hero books, so we are familiar with some of his work, but haven't seen a couple of those as of late, so thank you so much for sharing, he does a fantastic job!

Emma said...

Wow those are so gorgeous. I am in awe! Thanks so much for posting. :o)

Helene said...

Wow, those are such beautiful portraits!!

Liz said...

oh my goodness...so beautiful and so talented

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

Wow, those are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing them. They brought tears to my eyes.

Happy To Be said...

His art work is just awesome Shauna...thank you so much for sharing and thank David also...hugs and smiles Gloria

Candy said...

these are really REALLY beautiful!!!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Wishing you a wonderful 2009..m.

Lolli said...

Absolutely beautiful! What talent!!

breelyn_faith said...

Beautiful pictures. The Lord has really blessed him with a gift of drawing and bring the drawings to life.

R Max said...

I may order one or seven of these prints... what a talent!

Bo said...

This artwork is awesome...it puts things in perspective...makes me think of the song "Jesus Loves Me".
Have a happy new year! ;-) Bo

Kaci said...

Those are awesome!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Awesome! I never tire of looking at these =)

WishTrish said...

Wow! You know David Bowman!

Those really are wonderful pieces, aren't they? Thanks!

momma said...

such beautiful pictures. thank you for sharing this great artist.

thanks for stopping by my site, too :)

Amy Fichtner said...

Very Beautiful!! He's is very talented.

Me said...

These are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I especially adore the first one, it really captures everything!! I am off to check out the site.

TUTU Monkey said...

Wow....these are beautiful!

nikkicrumpet said...

Amazing!!! I've never seen his art before. But I'm sure we'll all be seeing a lot of it in the future. He is so incredibly talented and his paintings are so gripping! Thanks to him and you for sharing them!

ann said...

THESE ARE AWESOME.THANK YOU AND THANK DAVID FOR ALLOWING YOU TO SHOW THEM TO US.AND HAPPY NEW YEAR...ANN

T said...

a picture is worth a thousand words... thanks!

Shimmy Mom said...

He is so talented. They really are beautiful. So glad you had a good Christmas.
*hugs*

La said...

What beautiful pictures.

Thank you for sharing!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Jillene said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures!! I hope that you and your family have a Happy New Year!!

Kate said...

I love those pictures. They are wonderful. I think Susette is wonderful too. I have become her friend online also. Thanks for all of your uplifting posts. I too need to simplify with the new year.

*Keli* said...

I got all teary eyed looking at these pictures..so awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share with us! xo Keli

Rachel said...

I love the emotion put into those! The first is my very favorite!

Darlene said...

Just BEAUTIFUL!

Blog Buddy said...

Thanks for inviting me to see these pictures of Christ. They have a real calming effect on me. We're lucky in our ward to have Del Parson and Justen Barnes as local artists too. As soon as I open my eyes in the morning-I can see the painting of Christ holding a little lamb-by Del. I imagine that I'm that little lamb, and I have nothing to fear. No matter how challenging my day is...I can always kneel and pray.

Our Complete Family said...

What amazing artwork!
A true gift!
Thanks for sharing such special pictures.
Merry almost 2009! A new year...how exciting and invigorating!
Hugs to you Shauna~ Les

Aunty Em said...

Wow! That is really special. My family loves those Whose Your Hero books. He is an amazing artist! Thanks for sharing.

beth at aunties said...

Absolutely stunning images of what I feel our Savior is like. They truly are beautiful and would add to the beauty of any home.

Thanks Shauna and David Bowman!

Daisy Paige said...

Shauna, thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog telling me to come on over and check out this art. So so so beautiful, and what a wonderful feeling they just invited into a frazzled mommy's heart.

Honey Mommy said...

What beautiful pictures! I would love to have one of them hanging in my home!

-Melissa- said...

Those are beautiful pictures! I love the 2nd picture.

Amy said...

Truely inspiring! I was touch by each one! Beautiful and moving. ♥

Sarah said...

Wow! This gave me chills! What beautiful pictures. I have never seen them before but they are now some of my favorites!!! Thank you

Becky said...

I love these pictures, a perfect start to the New Year.

Leah said...

these are beautiful! My aunt cheryl would really appreciate having one of those. I can tell a lot of time and love and passion went into those!

Tink said...

What beautiful and inspiring and toucing heart! I was also touched by your explanation of each picture and was touched by the spirit. I loved the Innocence and My Child pictures. Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn -- said...

Your drawings are beautiful. I especially love "my child" and the "advocate" on your Web site is glorious.

LyndiLou said...

Thanks for sharing these... they ARE beautiful. I haven't seen them before... and I LOVE great art! :) You're wonderful!

Barbaloot said...

The hugging one, (second) is definitely my favorite.

Heffalump said...

All of the pics are beautiful. I love them all! I thought at first that Security was my favorite, but in looking at them again I really like Innocence as well. I have five sons and I love the little boy's personality.

Tiglizzyclone said...

Beautiful artwork! It is nice of you to share them!

Carla said...

Love Love LOVE Jesus art!!!
My, he captures it beautifully doesn't he? Thank you for sharing your 'find':)

Stephanie and Co. said...

My favorite is the second, but all the pictures are beautiful and touching.

blueviolet said...

Oh my gosh, they're beautiful! I can feel the emotion so clearly. Thanks for sharing!

Andrea said...

These pictures are AMAZING!!! I LOVE them!!!

The GosFam said...

Security melts my heart. I see my daughters and I hope they continue growing up knowing they have security in our Savior and he is always there for them. David you are so talented!!

Brooke said...

Those are so, so beautiful. I have never seen them before. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

The Barnharts said...

these are so beautiful! I would love one to put in my boys room!

Redhoodoos said...

absolutely beautiful. It is always amazing to see such incredible talent. I love that he is using his talent for such good.

The Motherboard said...

This is the most beautiful paintings I have seen in a long time!!


Just amazing!!

bv said...

I love the significance attached to these images. It is also so endearing for me to hear the thoughts of the artist. "Security" is my favorite and expresses so much of what I need in my life right now. I love the thought and feeling of 'safe'. I love the background...how the grey fades to warm gold in the arms of the Savior.

Rhonda said...

Thank you so much for letting me know about David and his artwork!! Absolutely inspiring!! I love each one!

Doré said...

Oh wow. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous! And they have such a beautiful meaning behind them. I love them!

Shandi said...

I love your art it is so amazing. I can just picture my little boy as one of the children you have portrayed Jesus holding. Especially the one of the young boy touching Jesus' nose. My little man is 14 mos. old & loves to touch people's noses. Thank you for your inspiring work.

CompleteLee Blogger said...

Security gets my vote for favorite. Precious indeed.

Heidi Ashworth said...

These are so gorgeous--I would never be able to pick which one I love best. wow!

Jessica Martiele said...

The first reminds me of a shared moment between my son and my husband, from a completely different perspective. These are astounding.

Wendyburd1 said...

I love the "My Child" piece. As an artist I am in awe of your work, I wish I could do the human face, and with some peacefulness and serenity!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

These are so sweet and very inspiring!!!...m...

soawesomeimightgetarrested said...

seriously put a permanent lump in my throat, these are so moving.

My child is my fave, I love staring at it and putting myself in his embrace like that.

Thank You.

Rod and LaDawn said...

Simply amazing! I can't make up my mind which one is my favorite!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love sketch drawings of Jesus.

Her Royal Highness said...

I don't even know which one could possibly be my favorite. They are so moving and beautiful - tears actually sprang to my eyes.
Thank you for such a lovely depiction of our Savior!

MindyLew said...

What a wonderful God given gift!
These pictures have captured the love of Jesus Christ so much you can feel it.

Erin said...

These are all so beautiful. I love the serenity of all three of the pictures.

lindsay>boo said...

Those are absolutely beautiful. Very talented, indeed.

Jill said...

Beautiful pictures!

Nora Morgan said...

Oh my goodness! From one artist to another, I can only say--exquisite! And my husband and I were astonished to see that David also loves in AZ!

karen said...

Your art is beautiful - very serene and definately gives one a taste of what it would be like to be in the Savior's presence. Thank you for sharing these pictures, and for giving Shauna the opportunity for the giveaway! Best wishes to you for continued creativity in 2009!

Katie Hatch said...

I LOVE these! What talent. A perfect way to express the love our Savior has for us.

MicheLLe said...

What neat pictures. I've never heard of this artist before!

MicheLLe said...

What neat pictures! I've never heard of this artist before.

in time out said...

amazing. actually as if amazing were enough to say. the tears would say the rest. this artwork is astounding. i love the photos with the little girls, they are such a reflection of my heart. thanks for sharing...♥, stacie

Thayne, Brandy and kiddo's said...

Wow! These pictures are AMAZING!!! I absolutely LOVE the one of him holding the little boy! It brought tears to my eyes! Our Savior loves us SO much!!! Thank you for posting these!

TJ said...

Wow look at you with 105 comments! You are popular!

Have a very Happy New Year!

Tamie said...

his art is--as always---spectacular.
funny thing. i actually know david bowman, or i guess i should say that i DID know him. we were EFY counselors together a REALLY LONG time ago. i have a picture that he drew of Christ....I had it all during my mission and it hung on my wall the whole time---i think that I need to revive it :)

Jolene said...

Reading this post answers the question I had on the other post. I saw the "Security" picture in someone's home and they told me that they were Father and Daughter. I think it was possibly the man who is Christ in Mark Mabry's photographs.

Thank you for posting these here on your blog and re-introducing me to this art. I think that David Bowman has captured exactly the feelings that Christ has for his children.

Julie said...

Beautiful!

Lisa said...

Those are so sweet! My favorite is "Innocence" because my husband and son play the "beep the nose" game and it reminds me of that. :-)

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I love pictures of Jesus with the children. It shows such a human side of his personality.

SMH said...

Truly an amazing artist with so much talent. David's work creates a vivid image of Christ and the love that he has for each and every one of us.

jennifer said...

I love the feelings of love and closeness to our Savior that these pictures portray. Beautiful!

Ashley said...

Wow, the art is so beautiful! I absolutely love it! My very favorite is 'Security'.

soapymomponders said...

These prints immediately conveyed a sense of calm, contentment, and safety to me. I pictured my 5 year old grandson in the first - resting safely in the arms of Jesus. He has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, which is in the autism spectrum. He exhibits the innocence the artist portrays in the first picture. Everything in his life, and in his mind, has a very simple explanation and he is truly a joy to watch. His blog is http://isaiahseyes.blogspot.com/ and I created it so maybe someone else following this same path might see what a joy their child can be.

I also pictured Isaiah in the second print (even though the artist pictured what appears to be a girl). I know that in his life Isaiah will have many challenges and Jesus will always have him wrapped securely in His embrace.

The third print represents my daughter, Isaiah’s mom, being comforted by her faith in God and her trust in Jesus. Without those two things, it would be very difficult for her to let go and let Isaiah stumble and make his way through a world that is often ignorant of another’s differences, and instead of encouraging the development, often put stumbling blocks along the way.

I will have to go visit his website to see more prints. I would also like to put your blog on my blog roll of watched blogs.
Thank you and may God bless you.

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I love his art, it is so moving. Am I too late to enter? I have taken the last 2 weeks off to spend with family and am now just resurfacing.♥

Chad the Chicken said...

Nice artwork. Wow, I'm not sure if you'll even see or read my comment since you have 116 comments ... but I just wanted to say thanks for sharing these pieces. I LOVE the first two, especially the first one since I assist with Children's ministry at my church. I also participate in a kid's camp called Royal Family Kid's Camp that's for abused and neglected foster kids.

D n C said...

Just wonderful art, I will surely go check out his website, thanks for sharing, I love innocence and would love to have it for my five year old son...what a great example of our Savior.

Stephanie said...

Just beautiful.

Valerie said...

All 3 of them are so beautiful with perfect titles. It's wonderful to see people using their amazing talents to help others see Christ and his love and light.

kitchenditcher said...

I have never seen his work before and I especially loved "Innocence". There are so few pictures of our Savior smiling that I really love the ones that depict that. Thanks for making me aware!

Heidi said...

His art is so captivating, and lifelike to the innocent spirit children poses. If only us adults could have even a shred of it.

Sue said...

What a surprise to see Dave Bowman's art on your site. He grew up in my ward and has really done some great things. I think his books for children are especially wonderful, and my grandkids love them.

Jen said...

Those pictures are beautiful! Thanks for the sweet Merry Christmas on my Weight Loss blog!

HollySteffen said...

Thanks for checking out my blog.

His art is simply stunning!!