As a Christian Abstract Artist, I primarily create my Christian art on canvas. In this blog post, I’ll let you in on some of my processes and tell you which ones are my favourites. 

I’m not entirely sure why I started painting on canvas, but having started it has stuck. Over the years I have dabbled in many styles, but have honed my skills and settled on Christian Abstract Art. I primarily use acrylic paints (specifically DecoArt Americana) on stretched canvas or canvas board. 

I tend to blend a variety of colours on the canvas using a dry flat brush. I very rarely use any water on my brush. This seems to go against the ‘proper’ way of painting, but it is a technique that I have developed over the years. Using a dry brush means that it can be worked into the canvas and fill the ‘pores’. It also gives a better finish and doesn’t water down the paint at all. It’s not so good for brushes, but I clean my brushes as soon as I’ve finished using them so that they don’t get ruined. 

Once the background is dry I then add layers and textures using a variety of brushes and/or palette knives. 

Currently, I have 3 collections of art that I am working on. 

Complexity: The Puzzle of Discipleship

My Complexity collection accompanies the book I’m writing with the same name. Each painting represents a chapter in the book. There are 30 chapters in the book, so there will be 30 paintings in this collection. 

Here are 3 of my favourites from this collection: 

Boundaries

Boundaries Themed Abstract Art

Boundaries play an important role in healthy relationships, however establishing, and maintaining, healthy boundaries can be somewhat complicated. Not all boundaries are firm and rigid or designed to keep people out, some are soft and flexible like bubbles encompassing the good and healthy aspects of a relationship. That’s why I painted both rigid lines in black, and white circular bubbles on a colourful and complicated background. The colours I used are harmonious with each other, expressing harmony and healthy relationships with healthy boundaries. 

Vulnerability and Courage 

Vulnerability and Courage Themed Christian Art by Yours Faithfully Hannah Kirk

Authenticity requires both vulnerability and courage. These terms were introduced to me by the wonderful Brene Brown. When writing about topics where my learning has taken place by reading other people’s thoughts and research, such as this, I write about my own experiences and how I believe it fits the overarching theme of complexity faced by modern-day disciples. 

When making this art I found it difficult to come up with a visual concept for vulnerability and courage. It was one of the hardest to come up with, but, in my opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful paintings I’ve created. Those who are familiar with my branding colours will know that this painting uses those same colours – purple and green/teal. 

Inclusion and Unity

Inclusion Themed Christian Art

This piece of Christian art was painted on canvas board. The design was born out of a course I attended called, ‘Make Your Mark’ led by Sharon Griffin. During that course, I experimented with different colours and techniques for mark-making. I developed a series of artwork using fingerprints. So, for this piece I painted the background with the colour combination I’d discovered I like during the course. I then cut up and glued Bible verses on top and then put my fingerprints all over the painting using gold paint. The Bible passage used was Romans 14, which, to me, sums up what inclusion looks like from a faith and complexity perspective. 

Miniature Abstracts

My miniature abstracts are painted using acrylic paint and are mostly on canvas board, with a couple of exceptions on stretched canvas. Each is approximately 7 inches by 5 inches. 

Here are 3 of my favourites from this collection: 

Cross Through Time

Cross Through Time Abstract Art by Yours Faithfully Hannah Kirk

This was originally supposed to be a lion – or more specifically the Lion of Judah – but the Lord had other ideas and as I scrubbed it out this image appeared. It reminds me of Jesus being all through time and that what He achieved on the cross echos through all time. 

Fishers of Humankind

Fishers of Humankind Abstract Art

This was created using a palette knife. I didn’t know what I was painting until it was finished. It was completely Spirit-led. Once finished I noticed that it looked like fish in the sea and immediately reminded me of the Fishers of Humankind Bible passage (Matthew 4:19).

Light Overcomes Darkness

Light Overcomes Darkness Abstract Art by Yours Faithfully Hannah Kirk

Again, I painted this with a palette knife and had no idea what I was painting until the end. It was Holy Spirit inspired. It reminds me of light breaking through a stormy sky and light overcoming the darkness of this world. 

Expressing Myself

This collection is a mixture of expressions of my faith, life, or recovery from mental health disorders. 

Here are 3 of my favourites from this collection: 

Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden Art by Yours Faithfully Hannah Kirk

I painted this using a palette knife and had no idea what I was painting until the end. It was Holy Spirit inspired. Sometimes I rely on other people for the interpretation of my paintings. This one was interpreted by a friend as ‘the Garden of Eden’ and now that she has mentioned it I see it too. 

Snapshots

Snapshots

I painted this at an art class I attended in 2019. Once finished it looked like snapshots of a landscape and therefore I named it ‘snapshots’. 

Wave of Grief

Wave of Grief Original Abstract Art by Yours faithfully Hannah Kirk

I painted this when my grandmother died. I needed something creative to do to process what had happened. Even in my grief, I kept my eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and His presence surrounded me even in the depths of my grief. Even when I was threatened by massive waves of grief, He was there. I hope it will comfort and encourage others in their own grief. 

I hope you have enjoyed this overview of my process behind my Christian art on canvas, and seeing some examples of my work. 

Until next time, 

Yours faithfully, 

Hannah Kirk

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