Pride

Pride

Rainbow stripes with a heart shaped balloon being thrown in the air by a white person - Pride Yours Faithfully Hannah Kirk

Hi there, 

Not very long ago I would have been called a heretic (and that’s probably the politest name I would have been called). Some might still call me that.

There is a risk that comes with being vocal about topics such as these. I’m willing to take that risk. 

We are almost halfway through Pride month. It’s a time of celebration and protest. 

I like to keep my sexuality to myself, so it’s not something that I choose to shout about. For those who are interested, I’m Bi-sexual but not at the exclusion of any gender identity. That means that I am attracted to all genders. I’m also an ally to the rest of the LGBTQAI+ community. 

I’m also a disciple of Jesus. There’s still a thought within faith circles that one can’t be in the LGBTQAI+ community and be a disciple of Jesus. I used to believe that too (I’m ashamed to say!). This was damaging to myself and my faith. it was also damaging to others. For that, I’m sincerely sorry. 

So, how have I reconciled these things? Well, I’ve studied the Bible for myself. I’ve read books on the subject. I’ve been in conversation with other people (both within the community and allies) about this topic. I now wholeheartedly believe that it is not sinful to be part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

To celebrate that fact I have created the artwork to the right of this text. 

I painted several of the Pride Flags and then I ripped Bible passages out of my Bible and stuck them on top with glue. I’m now going to varnish and list it for sale. It also accompanies the chapter on sexuality and gender identity in my upcoming book. The book, as a whole, is about topics of complexity faced by modern-day disciples and how they fit together to form the puzzle of discipleship. 

There are a lot of things that people might not like about this artwork and that they might not like about me. I’m OK with that. However, although I am happy to speak respectfully with people about topics such as these I will not tolerate anything remotely abusive.  

Sexuality, Gender Identity, Faith, and Pride Painting by Yours Faithfully Hannah Kirk

What I want to say very clearly is that I wholeheartedly believe that everyone is loved and accepted by Jesus. That of course includes the LGBTQAI+ community. I do not believe that Jesus excludes anyone! 

In case you are interested, here are the Bible passages I used:

* “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

* “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ appointed it. This is why it says: ‘When he ascended on high he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men'” –  Ephesians 4:1-6

* “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7: 7-12

* “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139: 13-14

* “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1

* “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:16-18

* “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” – Ephesians 1: 15-19

* I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. I will bow down towards your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stout-hearted.” – Psalm 138: 1-3

All of the Bible verses we taken from the New International Version. Although not an inclusive Bible, I hope you will find comfort and hope if you are struggling with this topic, or things in general. You are loved, you are precious, you are worthy, you are accepted, you are needed, you are wanted, you are unique. 

Yours Faithfully, 

Hannah Kirk

 

Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts

Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts

Hi there, 

Spring seems to be creeping up on us as we enter March! Time seems to be speeding up, doesn’t it? 

In March there are several key calendar dates: St David’s day is today (happy St David’s day to all those with Welsh connections); World Book Day on the 4th; International Women’s Day on the 8th; Mother’s Day (in the UK) on the 14th; and then Palm Sunday on the 28th. I’m sure there are others. 

The one I’d like to focus on today is Mother’s Day. I’m not insensitive, I appreciate that not everyone likes, or celebrates, Mother’s Day. However, there are likely to be people in your life who are like a ‘mother’ to you, or who you might like to buy gifts for at some point in the future. 

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you some of my most popular Mother’s Day gifts and greetings cards. 

Greetings Cards:

Price: £2 (FREE p&p within the UK)

What’s included?

  • A6 size Greeting Card
  • Printed on FSC certified card using soy or vegetable based inks
  • Blank inside for your own message
  • Supplied with a white envelope
  • Designed and printed in the UK

Please note that these greetings cards do not come with a pen.

1. Abstract Lake

Abstract Lake Greetings Card

This Abstract Lake Greetings Card has my painting ‘abstract lake’ printed on the front.

I have a special place that I go to, in the local area, called Swan Lakes. I love it there. It’s so peaceful and I hardly ever see anyone there, which is perfect for when I want to get closer to God and enjoy His creation. This lake that I have painted in abstract style is at Swan Lakes.

The original painting is a beautiful lake view landscape and was painted in acrylics and using a palette knife. This is one of my favourite techniques for applying paint. It was painted on canvas board.

2. Bloom

Bloom Greetings card

The photo on the front of this greeting card is of pretty pink flowers found in the wild. I’m not big on flowers, so I m unable to tell you the name of this plant.

As a wildlife photographer, I spend a lot of time walking and taking photographs. I mostly take photographs of animals and birds, but landscapes, plants, trees, and even the moon, also feature in my collection of photographs.

3. Calm Coast

Calm Coast Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has my painting ‘Calm Coast’ printed on the front.

I painted this at my first lesson at School Of Acrylic Painting, based in Gloucester. It also featured in my first ever group exhibition. Despite coming from my imagination it was reminiscent of the Mallorca coastline. I love it and I’m glad it has gone to it’s forever home. 

Here is what the customer said about the original, ‘I liked this painting as soon as Hannah posted a picture of it, so I’m thrilled to have the original hanging on my wall. It certainly lives up to its name – although the composition is simple, it gives me a real feeling of peace when I look at it.” M.W (Derby)

4. Dancing to the Beat of His Heart

Dancing to the Beat of His Heart Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has my painting ‘Dancing to the Beat of His Heart’ printed on the front.

I painted the original as part of the course I attended called School Of Acrylic Painting (SOAP for short). I love the background because it enhances the feeling of movement. The dancer is beautiful too. 

5. Elephant Safari at Sunset

Elephant Safari at Sunset Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has my painting, ‘Elephant Safari at Sunset’ printed on the front. 

The original was painted for my 10th lesson of the SOAP course. I love animals and landscapes so this was a perfect lesson for me. I had great fun doing the background and the trees. The shape of the elephants was trickier, and getting the shading right was a challenge. I’ve always wanted to go on safari and see elephants in the wild. I love how the baby elephant is following its dad. It makes it quite spiritual for me because it reminds me that I’m Abba’s child and that I am following Him with my art, photography, and writing.

I love watching the sun set. I often watch the sunset at a lake in Hampshire that I’m fond of, but love it wherever I am. I can only imagine how spectacular it would be to see the sunset while on safari! What an awesome thought. I hope I’ve captured its beauty without ever seeing it – it flowed out of my inmost being and my imagination.

6. Hedgehog

Hedgehog Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has my photo of a happy little Hedgehog printed on the front.  

I took the photo during my first ever pet photoshoot session. I have since then done several others. I’ve paused photoshoots for the time being, but might offer them again in the future. 

This Hedgehog warmed my heart and I hope he warms yours too. 

7. Kingfisher

Kingfisher Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has my photo of a Kingfisher printed on the front. 

Kingfishers are my favourite bird. I had it on my ‘bucket list’ to see a Kingfisher in the wild. My dream came true in 2017 and I have since been blessed to see others too. This one posed for me for over 10 minutes. 

8. Lake and Tree Reflections

Lake and Tree Reflections Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has a copy of my Lake and Tree Reflections painting printed on the front. 

 I painted the original as part of my Level 2 School Of Acrylic Painting course, in Gloucester.  The technique we were learning was silhouettes so I chose to do a lake scene with silhouettes of trees and their reflections.  I love the peaceful and calm nature of this painting – really soothing.  

 9. My Favourite Tree

  My Favourite Tree Greeting Card

This Greetings Card has a copy of my My Favourite Tree painting printed on the front. 

This is my favourite tree! It lives at Swan Lakes and overlooks the Blackwater River. It’s my favourite tree because it reminds me of a house (I know it’s strange!!). It reminds me of a house close to where my grandparents used to live in Rickmansworth. Every time I see the tree on my regular walk it reminds me of this particular house. It intrigues me as to why. The tree brings me a certain level of comfort. Is that wrong? 

I painted the tree at the local art group I attend. The weekly them was ‘woods’ or ‘trees’ and I knew I had to paint my favourite tree. Do you have a favourite tree? Does it remind you of something or someone else? I always have my most spiritual moments – where I feel closest to God – when in nature. Is that true for you too? 

10.  Puerto Pollensa at Sunset

  Pine Walk Puerto Pollensa at Sunset Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has a copy of my Puerto Pollensa at Sunset painting printed on the front. 

I holiday in Mallorca twice a year with my family. In May, during our last holiday there, I went on a romantic evening stroll along the Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa with my wonderful husband. It was that walk that inspired the original painting. The beautiful sunset, the glorious mountains, and the little boats dotted around the bay. We stood in this spot for a while, enjoying the sunset and each others company before going to have dinner together while the girls were spending time with their grandparents.

I used my own reference photograph for this painting.

11. Purple Hills at Dusk

  Purple Hills at Dusk Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has a copy of my Purple Hills at Dusk painting printed on the front.

I painted this scene at an art class I attended – School Of Acrylic Painting . I knew the theme for that class and noticed rolling hills on my journey to Gloucester. So, although I painted from my imagination it was based on a view I’d glimpsed on my drive. 

I decided to paint the scene at dusk and so I’ve put lights in the valley. This painting has received a lot of positive comments.

12. Soft Pastel Seascape

  Soft Pastel Seascape Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has a copy of my Soft Pastel Seascape drawing on the front. 

 For the original I used soft pastels on pastel paper. I was very pleased with how it turned out ad it has become on of my most loved Greetings Cards. 

 13. Springtime Blue Tit

  Spring Blue Tit A6 Greetings Card

This Greetings Card has a copy of my Springtime Blue Tit drawing on the front. 

I drew this using soft pastels on pastel paper. It was spring when I drew it, and so that’s why I named it ‘springtime Blue Tit’. These are some of my favourite colours and one of my favourite birds. 

 14. Stillness

  Stillness Butterfly Greetings Card

This Stillness Greetings Card has one of my photos of a butterfly printed on the front. 

I took this photo of one of the butterflies at Butterfly World on the Isle of Wight. 

 15. Waterlily Reflection

  Waterlily Reflection Greetings Card

This Waterlily Reflection Greetings Card has my photo printed on the front.

This photo was taken at Robin Hill Country Park while walking through a lowered pathway through a pond. These are my most popular cards, as such there are only 10 left!

Gifts:

 1. Contemplative Robin Coffee Mug

  Coffee Mug with a photo of a Robin on the front

These sweet coffee mugs have a beautiful Robin on. The photograph was taken by me (Hannah Kirk). The Robin looks like they’re deep in thought, so I named the photograph, and therefore coffee mug, Contemplative Robin. 

There are only 4 left!

2. Faithful Snapshots Photobook

Faithful Snapshots Photobook with purple linen cover Faithful Snapshots Photobook  

This photobook, Faithful Snapshots, showcases my wildlife and nature photographs.

I love taking photos of birds, animals, pets, flowers, landscapes, seascapes, sunsets, and the moon. Photographs in this photobook include: Stag, Doe, Crested Grebe, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Cormorant, Pershore Abbey, Hedgehog, Swans, Cygnets, Kingfisher, Robin, Mallorca, Malvern Hills, the moon, and much more…

This photobook, Faithful Snapshots, has a purple linen cover. Inside are 80 of my best (and most popular) photographs. Individually, I charge £12 for these photos, so this book is a bargain. Size: 20cm x 15cm.

There are only 9 left!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the Mother’s Day Gifts and Cards I have available. I hope you have been able to find what you are looking for. 

Yours Faithfully, 

Hannah Kirk

Product Roundup for Valentine’s Day

Product Roundup for Valentine’s Day

I can’t quite believe that we enter February today. Time seems to be going quickly, but also going slowly. Does it feel that way for you?

In just under two weeks’ time it will be Valentine’s Day. Is that something you celebrate, even if just with a card. I know that some people give gifts to their friends, family, or other loved ones to say that they care – it doesn’t have to be a romantic thing.

Here is a roundup of some of the products that seem best suited for Valentine’s Day:

Greetings Cards:

All Greetings Cards are A6 size and are blank inside for your own message and come with a white envelope. Price: £2 including P&P (within the UK). Please note: pen is not included.

1. Love Bursts Forth

Love Bursts Forth Greetings card

2. Love Spirals

Love Spirals A6 Greetings Card

3. Soft Pastel Seascape

Soft Pastel Seascape Greetings Card

4. Elephant Safari at Sunset

Elephant Safari at Sunset Greetings Card

5. Pine Walk, Puerto Pollensa, at Sunset

Pine Walk Puerto Pollensa at Sunset Greetings Card

6. Lake and Tree Reflections

Lake and Tree Reflections Greetings Card

7. Steam Train

Steam Train Greetings Card

8. Bloom

Bloom Greetings card

Photo Products:

1. Faithful Snapshots Photobook

  Faithful Snapshots Photobook with purple linen cover Faithful Snapshots Photobook

This photobook, Faithful Snapshots, has a purple linen cover. Inside are 80 of my best (and most popular) photographs. Individually, I charge £12 for these photos, so this book is a bargain. Size: 20cm x 15cm.

This photobook, Faithful Snapshots, showcases my wildlife and nature photographs.

I love taking photos of birds, animals, pets, flowers, landscapes, seascapes, sunsets, and the moon. Photographs in this photobook include: Stag, Doe, Crested Grebe, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Cormorant, Pershore Abbey, Hedgehog, Swans, Cygnets, Kingfisher, Robin, Mallorca, Malvern Hills, the moon, and much more…

All photographs are copyrighted © Hannah Kirk

I hope you enjoy this collection of photographs.

2. Contemplative Robin Coffee Mug

Coffee Mug with a photo of a Robin on the front

 

Paintings:

1. Icy Lake

Icy Lake painting

I painted this as part of a course I attended. I love the calming colours, bright sunset, and glow of the Icy Lake off-set by the snowy landscape. Such a simple scene but so lovely to look at.

This painting was created with landscape and winter-scene lovers in mind. If you have a special place in your home for this painting, or would like to gift it to someone,  I’d love for you to purchase it.

Price: £50 (FREE p&p) Size: 30cm x 40cm. Once bought you will receive contact from me and I will arrange the prompt shipping of this painting.

2. Pine Walk, Puerto Pollensa at Sunset

Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa at Sunset - Original Art

I holiday in Mallorca twice a year with my family. In May, during our last holiday there, I went on a romantic evening stroll along the Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa with my wonderful husband. It was that walk that inspired this painting. The beautiful sunset, the glorious mountains, and the little boats dotted around the bay. We stood in this spot for a while, enjoying the sunset and each others company before going to have dinner together while the girls were spending time with their grandparents.

I used my own reference photograph for this painting. As I have so many photos of Mallorca – and in particular the Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa – this is the first in a large collection of paintings. I can’t wait to paint the rest of them. If you’d like to be kept up to date with all of my latest paintings please join my mailing list.

This painting was created with Puerto Pollensa lovers in mind. If you have a special place in your home for this painting, or you would like to gift it, I’d love for you to purchase it.

Painted in Acrylics on Stretched Canvas. Price: £50 (FREE p&p) Size 30cm x 40cm. Once bought I will arrange the prompt shipping of this painting.

3. Elephant Safari at Sunset

Elephant Safari at Sunset

I’m did a course in 2019 at the School of Acrylic Painting in Gloucestershire. The lessons were once a month and after 12 lessons I’ll complete Level 1. This was painted for my 10th lesson, in October. I love animals and landscapes so this was a perfect lesson for me. I had great fun doing the background and the trees. The shape of the elephants was trickier, and getting the shading right was a challenge. I’ve always wanted to go on safari and see elephants in the wild. I love how the baby elephant is following its dad. It makes it quite spiritual for me because it reminds me that I’m Abba’s child and that I am following Him with my art and writing.

I love watching the sun set. I often watch at a lake in Hampshire that I’m fond of, but also love it wherever I am. I can only imagine how spectacular it would be to see the sunset while on safari! What an awesome thought. I hope I’ve captured its beauty without ever seeing it – it flowed out of my inmost being and my imagination.

I see this painting hung above a mantle-piece, so that the owner can enjoy a beautiful safari sunset without leaving their front door. This painting was created with animal lovers in mind. If you have a special place in your home for this painting, or you’d like to gift it, I’d love for you to purchase it.

Price: £50 (FREE p&p) Size 30cm x 40cm. Once bought I will arrange prompt shipping of this painting.

4. Purple Hills at Dusk

Purple Hills at Dusk - Original Art

I painted this scene ‘Purple Hills at Dusk’ at the art class I attended – School Of Acrylic Painting . I knew the theme for that class and noticed rolling hills on my journey to Gloucester. So, although I painted from my imagination it was based on a view I’d glimpsed on my drive.

I decided to paint the scene at dusk and so I’ve put lights in the valley. This painting has received a lot of positive comments.

This painting was created with landscape lovers in mind. If you would like it hanging on a wall in your house, or you’d like to gift it to someone, then I’d love for you to purchase this beautiful and original piece of artwork.

Price: £50 (FREE p&p) Once bought I will arrange the prompt shipping of this painting.

 

This is just an overview of my products. There are many other items to choose from. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this product roundup.

Yours Faithfully, 

Hannah Kirk