Pure Beauty: ‘Birds of the Air, Grass of the Field’

February 7, 2021 Updated: April 14, 2021

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We are delighted to present a selection of oil paintings by talented artists from NTD’s International Figure Painting Competition.

The competition’s mission, “Pure Truth, Kindness and Beauty,” has inspired many artists to recognize their responsibility in creating art with traditional values.

Award-winning Paintings Original artworks, canvas wraps and prints are now available for purchase.

All net proceeds will go toward supporting the artists and NTD’s International Figure Painting Competition.

About the artwork: ‘Birds of the Air, Grass of the Field’ by Lauren Tilden

Bronze Award
Size: 48 x 36 in
Oil on canvas

You can almost hear the gentle breeze pass through the grass, rustling the weeds and Queen Anne’s lace just enough so that everything sways together in a soft lullaby. The little sparrows are undisturbed, as is the little girl without a worry in the world. Maybe she lay down to enjoy the nature or the weather, and drifted off into a nap under that warm, transparent light that plays across her cheeks and her bare feet.

The pure innocence of the scene is a revelation.

The artist began the work during her personal health crisis. Faced with her own mortality and extreme worry, she grappled with her faith. Over the course of the year, she decided that no matter the outcome, she was trusting God.

While contemplating the value of human life, and how precious it is, the artist’s own young daughter became her stand-in, her persona in the painting.

Children and their innocence remind us of the fragility of life, she said. We have all been children, but our lives are still just as fragile. And yes perhaps there is sadness in this, but there is also joy.

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