The Messenger, an Acrylic Painting by JoDee Luna

The Messenger depicts Jesus, the Messiah who brings hope, mercy, and grace to humankind.

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The Messenger’s eyes are the focal point of the painting, searching the heart of the viewer for entrance.


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The Hopeful

The hopeful is an acrylic painting that honors those living with uncertainty. I hope she is a worthy tribute to these hearty souls that gaze into the future in search of a brighter tomorrow. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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The Burden Bearer: A Tribute to Caregivers

The Burden Bearer is an acrylic on canvas, reflecting those who care for others through prayers, encouragement, and service.

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These are the people who not only make life hopeful but doable. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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The Ebb and Flow of Artistic Ambition

Every creative experiences the ebb and flow of artistic ambition. Whatever your creative expression is, you feel the phenomenon. One day you’ve got it—enthusiasm bubbles over and your art form flows. Then the unexpected happens. The desire, chutzpah, passion, or however you describe artistic ambition, evaporates until the once flowing stream becomes a dry riverbed. You find yourself struggling to paint or to write or to sculpt. Artistic ambition is different from inspiration. Ideas may flow but we need ambition to bring those ideas to fruition. So when artistic ambition ebbs, we often doubt our creativity. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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Today was the book launch of Windows Across Oceans, an eBook in which nine women from around the world share their remarkable stories of overcoming. 

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I created The Giver to express the mission of literacy, a glorious burden shared by those who long to help people learn to read. Recently, Aliyah, the book’s editor, found my painting through a link on The High Calling and asked to use it for the cover of this book, along with my story. She explained that all proceeds would go to ministries that serve women globally, with a special focus on literacy for women in India. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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The Giver, an Acrylic Painting with a Purpose

The Giver is an acrylic portrait that expresses a glorious burden—the challenge of bringing literacy resources to struggling readers.

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As an instructional coach, I have the privilege of working alongside many empathetic, hard-working people who share this mission. People who look into the eyes of students and see the pain that results from not being able to read. And although the task is daunting, roll up their sleeves to do what it takes to get them the resources they need.

Recently, I posted the painting in process on Facebook and asked people to weigh in on what they thought. I had struggled with the painting and wasn’t sure I liked the results

Then the unexpected happened: without knowing the back story, people left comments that captured her essence.

The first comment helped me to explain why I painted The Giver:

“I don’t know why she looks broken. Like she’s been hurt and you can see it in her eyes.” – Amy


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Promethean Featured on Create with Joy Website

What an honor to have Promethean feature on Create with Joy’s Inspire me Monday’s post. I’m always thrilled when one of my posts is featured because this website is full of ideas to inspire creativity. Check it out

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