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Welcome to the Studio Blog from GB Art & Prints. This is a forum for us to talk about our views on Painting, Art and Life.We intend to post articles about what we are doing and what is new with our company and site. There will be items added to the store and new content on the site and this blog is where you could go to get this information. We are a division of Geoffrey Butz Art & Design and feature fine art and prints from paintings by Geoffrey Butz. 

Oct10

30 Days Challenge Final Day

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Martha Butz

30 Days Challenge Final Day

This is my final day of the challenge. This is Martha Butz my mom. Martha passed away in 2004 after a life long Lung condition. Breathing for her was a struggle her whole life and the last 20 years were especially hard. My mom was an over acheiver and she approached life with full force. For me she was one one of the most influential people in my life. She was an artist, and I always thought that I have the best traits of both my Mom and Dad. She was the one that at a young age saw some tallent in me and sent me to art class at the age of 8. We have always shared this interest and when I was at Art Center we shared the same studio. I have always felt that part of her was always living in me. When I graduated from College in 1994, my quote was "As an empty canvas waits before the painter, it thinks about the beauty that someday it will become… I am simply an empty Canvas and Jesus is the master painter and the Holy Spirit is the brush in which he paints." This is from "the Empty Canvas" by John Michael Talbot. I later discover after she died that this too was her life song. I wasn't able to make her funeral because I was in emergency surgery, and my grieving process was cut short. I moved her art studio to Wisconsin, and the easel and desk that I use is her's. I feel like she has handed me the torch, and that she is the closest to me when I paint. There are so many ways that the people in heaven can reach us and show us they love us and for me this my painting. I really owe her everything, because without her I probably would not have been an artist. She is the person I dedicate my art too and my art is her legacy.

Oct08

30 Days Challenge Day 30

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Ruth Gutzwiller Dossett

30 Days Challenge Day 30

Day 30 is Ruth Dossett, 12x12 oil on wood panel. This is my Grandma Ruth. We called her Grandma G when we were young. She was the Matriarch of the family. Grandma was the sweetest lady ever and loved and was dedicated to our family and especially the grandkids. She taught us piano out of her house and directed us in children's chrior at church, she was the director of our CCD program at St. Dorothy's. She was involved in everything we did. Every year she would help all of us grand kids put on a play for our parents. The plays I remember the most were Annie & The sounds of Music. After I had my spiritual conversion in 1992. She was one of the people that I felt understood me. We both had a deep love for the Catholic faith, and we had an unspoken conection. When she and Carl had adoration from 11 to 12 at night, mine was from 12am to 1am. So every week we would see each other in passing and Adortation is what got me through the challenging College years and decerning what God wanted for my life. I felt Grandma and Grandpa were right there with me every week. We had the privelage of having them all at our wedding in Wisconsin, Grandma and Grandpa, My Mom, Grandma Butz, Bobci, Cass' Grandma Eskine. Shorly after Ruth passed away, this was the last great memory Cass and I shared with her.

Oct06

30 Days Challenge Day 29

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Carl Dossett

30 Days Challenge Day 29

Day 29 is Carl Dossett, 12x12 oil on wood panel. This is my Grandpa Carl, as we we call nim to out kids. When I was born to about the age of three, we lived accross the street from this wonderful couple. They kindof adopted us as grandparents, so we called then Grandma and Grandpa Dossett. They met us for the first time just after I was born. We used to go over to their house often, especially every Christmas morning. They had two wonderful daughters Julie and Phyllis. They became Aunts to us and their children cousins. My Grandpa G and Eleanore (Carl's wife) passed away around the same time. Shorly after, Carl married my Grandmother Ruth and they were married for 19 years. They had a wonderful life together, spending equal time at both parishes. He was a living saint to me, so gentle, humble and faithfull. He always had a smile on his face and was happy all the time. I never saw him angry or upset. We shared a lot in common, he was very tallented in so many areas, but he was an artist, and we both shared this interest together. He was taught by some of the legendary Illustrators like Andrew Loomis, that we studied in school.

Oct02

30 Days Challenge Day 28

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

St. Faustina Kowalska

30 Days Challenge Day 28

Day 28 is St. Faustina Kowalska, 12x12 oil on wood panel. Jesus apeared many times to this holy nun in the 1930's and taught her about his Divine Mercy. He asked her to have a painting made of His image, and now this is one of the biggest devotions in the church. He told her to write down all her notes in a diary where Jesus closely told her the details of His mercy on souls. Pope John Paul II declared the first Sunday after Easter "Divine Mercy Sunday" and by saying the chaplet of Divine Mercy and going to Mass on that day, Jesus promised to poor out his Mercy on mankind. We so despirately need the mercy of God in our world today and this is the answer.

Oct01

30 Days Challenge Day 27

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Ven. Solanus Casey

30 Days Challenge Day 27

Day 27 is Venerable Solanus Casey, 12x12 oil on wood panel. Fr. Solanus Casey was a simple priest in the Franciscan (Capuchin) who lived a life of humility. One of the keynotes of Fr. Solanus’ spirituality was of Gratitude, the prayer of “Thanks be to God” poured continually from his lips. “Love for God and neighbor” is another recurring theme of his writings along with obedience, trust, humility, and patience.

Sep30

30 Days Challenge Day 26

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

St. Catherine of Sienna

30 Days Challenge Day 26

Day 26 is St. Catherine of Sienna, 12x12 oil on wood panel. Along with St. Francis, she is the patron saint of Italy. She was a mystic from the age of 6 and had several visions through out her life. She received the Stigmata, but the wounds were only visible after her death. She is a Doctor of the Church and Her body was found incoruptible in 1430.  My favorite quote “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” 

Sep29

30 Days Challenge - Day 25

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

St. Francis of Assisi

30 Days Challenge - Day 25

Day 25 is St. Francis of Assisi, 12x12 oil on wood panel. There is so much I can say about St. Francis, being the saint that has had the most influence on me next to St. Maximillian Kolbe. He is the founder of the Franciscan Order, had many mystical experiences including the stigmata (wounds of Christ), Jesus spoke to him to re-build his church and he started by rebuilding the churches that were in ruin and he really re-built the the body of Christ (the Church) through his example and rule. He lived true poverty and help the lepers and the people that were forgoten outside the walls of Assisi. 

Sep28

30 Days Challenge - Day 24

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

30 Days Challenge - Day 24

Day 24 is Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. Francis Xavier Seelos was a German Redemptorist who worked as a missionary in the United States frontier. He was known for beeing an excelent confessor and spiritual director, and worked amonst the poor. He traveled to many diferent states and lived a simple Redemptorist life.

Sep27

30 Days Challenge - Day 23

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

St. Maria Goretti

30 Days Challenge - Day 23

Day 23 is St. Maria Goretti, 12x12 oil on wood panel. Maria Goretti died a martyr before her twelfth birthday. Young as she was, she made a choice of pruity based on her faith. She forgave the man that stabbed her before she died and appeared to him in a dream. She a patroness of all youth and a model of Christian purity.

The daughter of humble sharecroppers, Maria and her family moved to the little town of Ferriere, Italy in 1899 in search of work. Desperately seeking to support his family, Luigi Goretti struck up a bargain with Signor Serenelli, who had a son named Alessandro. The two families lived together in a building (see photo) owned by Count Mazzolini.

Sep26

30 Days Challenge - Day 22

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Fr. Joseph Kentenich

30 Days Challenge - Day 22

Day 22 is Fr. Joseph Kentenich 12x12 oil on wood panel. Fr. Kentenich was holy man of God that lead as a deep and caring father. He is the founder of Schoenstatt, a movement of moral and religious renewal in the Catholic Church, Schoenstatt works to help renew the Church and society in the spirit of the Gospel. It seeks to reconnect faith with daily life, especially through a deep love of Mary, the Mother of God. I did a series of Shrine paintings that were all fashioned after the original shrine in Germany by Fr. Kentenich, There are now hundreds of shrines all over the world.

Father Kentenich was born in Gymnich near Cologne, Germany on November 18, 1885. He began his priestly life as a gifted teacher and educator in the Pallotine House of Studies in Schoenstatt, Vallendar. An extraordinary bond of trust developed between him and his students. They made his love for Mary their own and through his message learned to see her as a bridge leading to a deep, fervent love of God. Alert to the signs of the time and listening attentively in order to perceive God’s will, Father Kentenich – together with a small group of students – entered into a covenant of love with Mary in the chapel (now known as the Original Shrine) at Schoenstatt. This was the beginning and the lasting foundation of today’s worldwide development of the Schoenstatt Movement.

Throughout his life as founder, Father Kentenich gave his followers a deep experience of God’s fatherhood and led them into his own profound love for the Church. On September 15, 1968, the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, immediately after celebrating the holy sacrifice of the Mass, Father Kentenich was called home to the Heavenly Father. At his request, the words Dilexit Ecclesiam (He loved the Church) were inscribed on his tomb.

Click Here to find out more.

Sep25

30 Days Challenge - Day 21

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

St. Bernadette Soubirous

30 Days Challenge - Day 21

Day 21 is St. Bernadette Soubirous, of Lourdes, 12x12 oil on wood panel. St. Bernadette was very ill for most of her life. When she was 14 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her from a grotto in Lourdes, France. Mary appeared to her 17 times. A healing Spring emerged from the cave and became a source to healing of the sick and the lame.

Famed visionary of Lourdes, baptized Mary Bernard. She was born in Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844, the daughter of Francis and Louise Soubirous. Bernadette, a severe asthma sufferer, lived in abject poverty. On February 11, 1858, she was granted a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a cave on the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. She was placed in consider able jeopardy when she reported the vision, and crowds gathered when she had futher visits from the Virgin, from February 18 of that year through March 4.The civil authorities tried to frighten Bernadette into recanting her accounts, but she remained faithful to the vision. On February 25, a spring emerged from the cave and the waters were discovered to be of a miraculous nature, capable of healing the sick and lame. On March 25, Bernadette announced that the vision stated that she was the Immaculate Conception, and that a church should be erected on the site. Many authorities tried to shut down the spring and delay the construction of the chapel, but the influence and fame of the visions reached Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon Ill, and construction went forward. Crowds gathered, free of harassment from the anticlerical and antireligious officials. In 1866, Bernadette was sent to the Sisters of Notre Dame in Nevers. There she became a member of the community, and faced some rather harsh treatment from the mistress of novices. This oppression ended when it was discovered that she suffered from a painful, incurable illness. She died in Nevers on April 16,1879, still giving the same account of her visions. Lourdes became one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the world, and the spring has produced 27,000 gallons of water each week since emerging during Bernadette's visions. She was not involved in the building of the shrine, as she remained hidden at Nevers. Bernadette was beatified in 1925 and canonized in 1933 by Pope Pius XI.

Taken from Catholic.org

Sep24

30 Days Challenge - Day 20

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

St. Junipero Serra

30 Days Challenge - Day 20

Day 20 is St. Junipero Serra, 12x12 oil on wood panel. Junipero Serra is our newest saint just Canonized Yesterday, Sept 23rd by Pope Francis. This saint was the one who brought the Catholic faith and civilization to California, he founded 21 missions from San Diego all the way up the coast. Many of the cities in California are named after saints because of these missionaries. Being Catholic and Franciscan at heart and having been raised in California, these mssions encompass alot of who I am and what I believe.

Sep23

30 Days Challenge - Day 19

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

St. André Bessette

30 Days Challenge - Day 19

Day 19 is St. André Bessette, C.S.C., 12x12 oil on wood panel. Br. André as he was known battled sickness for much of his own life — humbly devoted his life to prayer, serving the Lord and comforting the sick and afflicted. Through his intercession prayers to St. Joseph, many received God’s healing graces. He dedicated his life to building a shrine to St. Joseph in Montreal with only the small change and donations that he received. Today it is great Oratory where many people have been healed.

Here is more about his live from the Holy Cross Fathers.

Born Alfred Bessette in Quebec in 1845, he was orphaned by the time he was 12. With little-to-no formal education, he became a Holy Cross brother and because of his sickly nature, was assigned as the doorkeeper at Notre Dame College in Montreal, a post he held for nearly 40 years. It was in this role as a porter that St. André was able to minister to the sick.

Sep22

30 days Challenge - Day 18

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Our Lady of Sorrows

30 days Challenge - Day 18

Day 18 is Our Sorrowful Mother, 12x12 oil on wood panel. Being the Mother of Jesus, Mary shares in the joys and the sorrows of Jesus. During the passion a sword also peices Mary's heart (Luke 2:35) as she witnesses Jesus' death on the cross.

For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September. The principal biblical references to Mary's sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. In Luke's passage, Simeon's prediction about a sword piercing Mary's soul; and in John's passage relates Jesus' words to Mary and to the beloved disciple.

Many early Church writers interpret the sword as Mary's sorrows, especially as she saw Jesus die on the cross. Thus, the two passages are brought together as prediction and fulfillment.

St. Ambrose (December7) in particular sees Mary as a sorrowful yet powerful figure at the cross. Mary stood fearlessly at the cross while others fled. Mary looked on her Son's wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross, Mary did not fear to be killed but offered herself to her persecutors.

Comment:

John's account of Jesus' death is highly symbolic. When Jesus gives the beloved disciple to Mary, we are invited to appreciate Mary's role in the Church: She symbolizes the Church; the beloved disciple represents all believers. As Mary mothered Jesus, she is now mother to all his followers. Furthermore, as Jesus died, he handed over his Spirit. Mary and the Spirit cooperate in begetting new children of God—almost an echo of Luke's account of Jesus' conception. Christians can trust that they will continue to experience the caring presence of Mary and Jesus' Spirit throughout their lives and throughout history.

Quote:

"At the cross her station keeping, Stood the mournful mother weeping, Close to Jesus to the last. Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, All his bitter anguish bearing, Now at length the sword has passed." (Stabat Mater)

Taken from AmericanCatholic.org

Sep21

30 Days Challenge - Day 17

Written by // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

St. John Bosco

30 Days Challenge - Day 17

Day 17 is St. John Bosco, 12x12 oil on wood panel. John Bosco educated the whole person—body and soul united. He believed that Christ’s love and our faith in that love should pervade everything we do—work, study, play. For John Bosco, being a Christian was a full-time effort, not a once-a-week, Mass-on-Sunday experience. It is searching and finding God and Jesus in everything we do, letting their love lead us. Yet, because John realized the importance of job-training and the self-worth and pride that come with talent and ability, he trained his students in the trade crafts, too.

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Geoff, I'm not sure I read this at the time you finished Martie's portrait, but it is so beautifully written and so heartfelt. Actually,...

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Geoff, Well done! Knowing your mother was a gift.

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11. October, 2015 |

Geoff, I am so very proud of you in so many ways. As proud as I am, your Mom is a million times more proud of the incredible person,...

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30. September, 2015 |

Wow,that is brilliant.fantastic painting of Franz Xaver Seelos who was born in Füssen(Fuessen).Can I share this on the seelos in Füssen...

Geoffrey Butz

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22. September, 2015 |

Thanks Ann, That means a lot. I haven't seen you and your family for a long time. We have good memories with you.

antonella

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15. September, 2015 |

I AGREE with Ann!!!!

Ann Orosz

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15. September, 2015 |

I'm so enjoying your artwork, Geoff! You are so talented!!

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Antonella

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Geoff,
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