Friday, June 28, 2019

Dear Reader, Love Cherie Burbach

Dear Reader…

I’m delighted that you picked up Painting the Psalms. You have so many book choices today. Was it the cover that pulled you in? The description? Whatever the reason, I’m grateful for your interest. And can we talk about the Psalms? I mean, this is the inspiration for the book and if it drew you in that probably means you are a lover of the Psalms. Me too!

Do you have a favorite Psalm? Is it a popular one, like the 23rd? Or maybe a Psalm that doesn’t get quoted so much, like the very first one. (That’s one of my faves, by the way.)

If you’re like me, you enjoy the variety in the Psalms. I mean, let’s face it, if you’re having a bad day or enjoying a time of great blessings, you’ve got a kindred place in the Psalms. They are filled with emotion, like the joy of being “wonderfully made” (Psalm 139) to the sorrow of “weeping” that “has shortened” your life. (Psalm 31.)

Scholars estimate that King David wrote about half the Psalms, which to me makes them even more interesting. David is on my list of people that I can’t wait to meet once I get to heaven. I imagine he’ll have a long time of folks wanting to talk with him, he was a pretty interesting person in our history. To me, seeing the emotional side of David through the Psalms is a thrill. He was more than just the shepherd boy or the King. He was filled with a heart that God loved even though (like you and me) he was flawed. We can take comfort in his life because it shows God’s love and plan and forgiveness. I find that pretty inspiring, don’t you?

In Painting the Psalms, the emotion and words of the verses combine with my mixed media art. I provide a short story with each painting and a note about the elements that came together to create the work. I use acrylics, inks, oil sticks, oil pastels, paper, lace, maps, and whatever else I can find to create art that is filled with texture and color. I encourage you to get up close to the images I include to see the details that help mixed media paintings come to life.

Most of all, I hope you feel inspiration in each page of Painting the Psalms.

Blessings to you now and always, Dear Reader.


Meet the Author

Cherie Burbach
Cherie Burbach is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She has penned and contributed to articles for Readers Digest, Family Circle, (NY Times), NBC/Universal,, Christianity Today, and more.

Cherie also likes to express herself with mixed media art, combining Bible verses and her own poetry with special papers, acrylics, oils, ink, and more. She includes book pages, music sheets, and other random things in her art to create something that celebrates a hopeful, faith-filled message.
Cherie has been especially inspired by the Psalms, and has created a series of ecourses called Painting the Psalms, which includes mixed media painting projects all inspired by the Psalms in some way. Each project is diverse in terms supplies, technique, and composition.
She is also the author of Painting the Psalms, which is part art book, part devotional.

Inside the Book

Painting the Psalms
Author: Cherie Burbach
Publisher: Bonjour Publishing
Pages: 104
Genre: Christian Nonfiction
In Painting the Psalms, artist Cherie Burbach shares original, mixed-media paintings that contain a positive, faith-filled message. Each painting contains inspiration from the Psalms in some way, through the imagery, words, or emotion contained within the verses. Cherie uses a variety of mediums and techniques to create art that is filled with depth and whimsy. It is her hope that this book will inspire you to look at the Psalms in a new way so you can celebrate your faith and believe in the message. Some of the paintings were created during Cherie’s popular “Painting the Psalms” series of ecourses, where she demonstrates step-by-step progress from start to finish, including all the small details that make mixed media paintings come alive with texture and color.



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