2nd Annual Mormon Art Show (and other art)

Right now there is an incredible LDS and other art show going on that you can see from the comforts of your own home, ONLINE! It only lasts until November 21 though, so be quick! The theme was “All Things of Good Report and Praiseworthy,” so plenty obscure enough so that you can basically see art of any kind in the show. Lots of amazing artists participated, and there are beautiful landscapes, abstract works, LDS subjects, still lifes, etc.  And of course, I have a few things for sale in the show too. These are the ones I entered.

Another Testament (boston show)On Top Hill Cumorah (boston show) Rocks in the Grove (small)

Part of the funds received will go towards scholarships for student artists and other aspiring artists (like stay at home LDS moms). So it’s for a good cause too! Here’s the link.
Sidenote: The newest one among these is my painting entitled “Another Testament.” It shows a peaceful scene of the future Book of Mormon in it’s place on the Hill Cumorah, before Joseph Smith took them. I walked around this sacred hill many a times during my mission in Palmyra and used personal photo reference and memories to capture this fall landscape.
*If by any chance you miss the online show that ends November 21, please contact me if you are interested in purchasing these or any other paintings.
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Book of Mormon Map

I just barely finished this monster of a commission for Firm LDS Foundation. It took a lot of work getting in all the details in the right places, but it was absolutely fulfilling to do. It may all be in one image, but what it felt like to me was 35+ little illustrations all in one.  Zoom up and see if you don’t believe me!
About this map . . .
It illustrates which some call the “heartland theory” of The Book of Mormon, which is that all the events took place in North America. I grew up imagining that the Book of Mormon events took place in Central America (and I think this is the more common conception), so when I first received this assignment, I was a little wary.  After I spoke to my commissioner for some time, however, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter where The Book of Mormon took place, as long as my art is helping people to think more about it. My commissioner explained that they aren’t trying to declare with absolute surety that this is fact. It is just a theory that deserves consideration (and he actually did present a lot of convincing evidence).
I’m happy to do art that is uplifting and inspiring, and that’s that. I also love that I was able to illustrate more modern day events from the Restoration of the church and the founding of the United States as well. I hope you too can enjoy commemorating these events and remembering that we truly do live in a promised land.
*prints are available

NA Land of Promise (smaller)

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Rocks in the Grove

Rocks in the Grove (small)

This is another scene from the Sacred Grove that I just painted.  Once more, I am still drawing from my mission.  It’s true what they say that missions change and affect lives forever. We have been talking a lot about missions recently because my husband has two nephews who are about to go serve one. We can’t stress enough to these young men how important it is to serve with all you got! That’s because how you serve affects your whole life. If you are an obedient, hardworking missionary, your whole life will be better because of it.
. . . Sorry for that tangent on missions! 🙂 What we have here is a worm’s eye view of the Sacred Grove and some rocks that form the north west boundary line of the Smith farm. In a non wooded area, the Smiths had wood fences with rocks stacked up underneath to prevent animals getting in or out. This is more just an indication of the line with no other real purpose. The family would use the rocks they cleared from fields.
If you don’t know what the Sacred Grove is, let me tell you briefly (since I believe I’ve already talked about it a fair amount down below). The Sacred Grove is the wooded area behind Joseph Smith’s log home where he went to pray about which church was true in 1820. His answer was delivered to him by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ themselves when they appeared to him. Many are skeptical of this, and I can understand why. People think angels and visions have ceased in our day, but that is not true. God loves and guides us just as much or more than other generations. I know miracles happen daily and that this sacred event did take place. I spent a lot of time in this grove, but even someone who just goes there for a minute can feel the spirit there.
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They Did All Eat

They Did All Eat (smaller)

This is my latest project done in permanent black pencil and gouache on illustration board.  I really enjoyed meshing my two audiences – the religious folk and young folk.  I feel like the result was a folkish painting adults can enjoy and little children can to relate to – something friendly, bright, and happy (or so I hope!).
In Matthew 15, the story is told of Christ feeding the multitude of four thousand. From seven loaves and a few small fishes, “they did all eat, and were filled” (Matthew 15:37).  We can not tell exactly how this miracle looked, but I can imagine to a small child that this miracle appeared as something wonderful and magical. He or she may think the miracles of Jesus are like magic powered by faith. I purposefully tried to capture that magic, wonder, and great joy.
I know the Savior Jesus Christ once walked this earth and will one day do so again. Happy are his stories! Easter is coming up so let’s remember him :).
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A Season of giving

We have come to a very special time of year when people tend to be (or should be) a little kinder, a little more grateful, and also maybe a little more cheerful. I’ve been working on some Christmas artwork lately – check out my illustration blog to see – but this one in particular is a little special to me.  First of all, I did it in a completely different medium (I drew it in pencil, scanned it in, and colored it digitally), but it also was created for the purpose of reminding people of the meaning behind this season and to encourage charity. I call it “Charity from a Child.” I think there is something beautiful about the selflessness and kindness young children often show. Where do we lose that innocence? Jesus Christ was innocent, compassionate, and kind.  He was the only adult to preserve that little special something kids have for his whole life. I hope we can all be a little better this season, myself included.

Charity from a Child

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Truth from the Earth

Truth from the Earth (small)It was a fall September day when Joseph Smith first went to the Hill Cumorah to look upon the golden plates that would be translated to The Book of Mormon.  For four years he returned to that same spot on the same day until he was fully prepared to take them away.  Joseph was not a perfect instrument. He required a lot of growth to be worthy to undertake such a sacred task such as taking those plates and translating them. I think we are all imperfect instruments, and sometimes it takes lot of time and growth, but the Lord can and does use us for many great and important purposes.
I wanted to try and capture the serenity in that forest Joseph might have felt while gazing upon these holy records. I’ve walked where he was, and it truly is such a beautiful place where the spirit can be felt so strong. I know that these things happened. I have The Book of Mormon as a testimony of this truth.
**This original oil painting is now for sale, and prints will be available soon too.   brookemweber@gmail.com
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Joseph’s Temple

Palmyra TempleHere is my latest LDS painting for sale. It is a scene that is dear to many a missionary’s heart that served in the New York Rochester Mission, covering Palmyra.  It is a spot we always seemed to stop at on our way from the Smith log house to the Smith frame home on the farm.  Along that path you can clearly see the Palmyra temple that was built in 2000.  The special thing about this temple is that it is built on some of the original property of the Smith farm, and it has a window in the foyer that overlooks the Sacred Grove.  I think Joseph Smith would have been emotional to know that one day a temple would be built on his land. I’m so grateful that our church has grown to the extent that miracles like this can happen.
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New Painting: Joseph Praying

joseph praying
This is my latest church painting, entitled “Joseph Praying.” I was amazed by the positive reaction I received from it and already sold the original! I’m now selling prints of it as well for a flat $50 fee on my website under LDS art here:
Now that I broadcasted myself sufficiently (sorry!), I have a story to tell.  It’s about courage and actively seeking for the things you desire. The story of Joseph Smith is one that always inspires me – not just because of what he did for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints collectively, but also because of what he did for himself individually. When he was only a young teenager, he had the spiritual maturity to think of things like his eternal salvation.  There were so many different churches in his area in upstate New York, that it left him confused and wondering why they all had to profess such different doctrine.  After reading James 1:5, he decided that the only way to know which church was true was to ask of God.  This example he set as a 14 year-old boy is one that we should all follow when seeking truth. In the spring of 1820, Joseph found a quiet place in the woods behind his house to pray out loud, alone. This is the moment I tried to capture. It was at this moment that the real strength of a young boy was shining through. He had such faith and courage to pray and expect an answer. I believe it was because of that that Heavenly Father and His son appeared before him and told him to join none of the churches – to wait and be patient because he would help restore the true church of Christ upon the earth.
Joseph Smith did not let the desires of his heart go unfulfilled. He acted. He had faith and relied on God. That’s what I want to do with all my goals. When we do this, we can bless not only our own lives, but the lives of so many others. Think of how many lives Joseph affected with this small act – millions. I’m so grateful for him.
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Prints for Sale

Hello friendly readers! I’m pleased to announce that I have set up a small art print store on my art website! I have two LDS prints available, and if you don’t see the one you like, I am also always open to special print requests. Please check it out! The two set up right now are “Winter on the Smith Farm” and “On Top Hill Cumorah.”


Palmyra landscapeJSF

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Temples of the Lord

2014-04-14 09.54.10The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is spreading temples around the world faster than ever in this day and age. Many people have driven by them, walked around the grounds, or even live neighboring one. This is a sign of the furthering of the Lord’s work on the earth and the expanding of His kingdom.  Every time a new temple is built, it seriously blesses the area around it, and the forces of evil in the world are weakened.
So what are temples? Well, they are considered the holy houses of the Lord where His spirit can reside without obstacles.  It is not the same as a church building or chapel. We don’t meet for church in temples. We go there for very specific reasons – we go there for sacred ordinances. Ordinances can be a difficult word for people who did not grow up hearing it.  Ordinances are sacred and formal acts performed by someone with authority from God. To learn more about what regular members of our church have said about the difference between church and temples, visit http://www.mormon.org/faq/church-and-temple.
PS – – – I AM a working artist and am happy to sell artwork to people. These are some gifts for others I did with graphite and watercolor. I can do commissioned work for you at a reasonable price such as these temples (do you have a favorite??). Please contact me for more information if you’re interested! I also can sell prints or originals of the other artwork on this site.
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