Hello Everyone,


As an artist, I, of course just want to paint. I don't like to sell, or blog. I just want to paint. Yeah, I know. Carrie, my wife keeps telling me that is just not realistic. I have to do all those things as well. So, I need to try and blog on a somewhat consistent basis. I'm going to try and do it, even though I know no one reads them anyway. :)


First, to follow up from my last blog about the contest. I placed with 2 of my paintings. "Thy Will Be Done" received a Special Merit Award and "Praise" received a Special Recognition Award!! I was very excited. I had never entered any of my past art into any contest before.


I have been painting and painting since January 21, 2017 where I finished my first piece in 5 years. I wish I could explain how it all came about, but I really don't know. I had been in the yearly fast praying for direction for the New Year. I hadn't even thought about painting again. I believe on the last week of fasting, I just had this "urge" to paint. I was a little surprised, as I mentioned I never even thought about painting again since I gave it up 5 years ago. I told Carrie about it and she said then I should. I placed a paint order, went downtown and picked up a canvas, and after it all arrived, I painted! It was strange, at first. The first piece I did was "Beyond Me". I believe it to mean that it's beyond me as to why I'm painting again. That was until I painted my next piece, "Well With My Soul". I instantaneously fell in love with painting again. The inspiration for this piece was a Christian song that played during my worship time; "It Is Well" by Bethel Music, and what came as a result of that was something beautiful! I had my answer! I knew what I needed to do moving forward. 



Every canvas is prayed over. Every piece of art is painted listening to worship music. Every painting, when completed is prayed over again. The next morning, Carrie sees the painting and pretty much immediately gets a word, and she names it and gives it a bible verse. Funny thing is that when I see what she has named it, my spirit is in total agreement. My art is not just a "pretty" painting to look at. It has a purpose. It catches hold of the viewer, drawing them into the "message" and speaking to them. The viewer may not even know what is moving them or why they are moved. I believe that my art is anointed to connect with the spirit of the right person for each particular piece. I paint to praise and give thanks to my creator!

I'm very excited to announce my first entry into an art competition! I have entered 5 pieces and am really only wanting the exposure. I just want people to see the art I create so that  God can get His glory!! You will see more info here about the competition. 

8th Annual “Abstracts” Online Art Competition

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 8th Annual “Abstracts” Online Juried Art Competition for the month of February 2017. 2D and 3D (including photography) artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s March 2017 online group art exhibition. The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography), regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their abstract art. 

The “Abstract” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of nonobjective or nonrepresentational art.  The deadline to apply to this art competition is February 24, 2017.

Here is a link to the 2016 Abstracts Art Exhibition in order to help guide you as to the type of art that was accepted in the past. In addition, please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to provide you with a guide in submitting your entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D and 3D artists (including photographers) regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field to submit their art.  A group exhibition of the top five finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of March 2017. Awards will be for 1st through 5th places. Also, 5 Honorable Mention places will be awarded.  In addition, depending on the amount and the quality of the entries, Overall, Special Merit and Special Recognition awards will be posted as well.

Important Dates for Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   XXX January 10, 2017
Deadline for Receiving Entries   February 24, 2017
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   March 1, 2017
Opening of Online Art Exhibition   March 1, 2017
Award Certificates Emailed to Artists   March 8, 2017
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived XXXX March 31, 2017








Winners of the 2017 “Abstracts” Art Exhibition will receive extensive publicity in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, event announcements, social media marketing and increased website traffic in order to make the art world aware of the artist’s accomplishments.

In addition to the above, artists shall also receive a digital Award Certificate, Award Ribbon, Event Postcard, Press Releases and “Leveraging Your Success” marketing materials if they place in this exhibition.

Artists provide us with your best “Abstract” art now! 
Click Here to Submit

I'm excited about having a piece in the following upcoming exhibits!!




I am so very excited to be painting again after so many years of not painting. I have to tell you though, that it's not the same. What I mean is the paintings have much more meaning than before. During this years 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer, God revealed to me that 1. I should paint again, and 2. it is to worship Him and Him only. If you see my art from years ago compared to now, you'll definitely see a substantial difference. God, through His Holy Spirit has given me a technique that takes some years to learn. Every canvas, before I begin painting, must be presented to God in prayer. I pray and listen to other artists that God has touched and blessed with the talent of worship music. Today, I wanted to share some of the songs that have helped me paint some of the art pieces you have seen thus far.


It Is Well - Bethel Music...Set My Love On You - Rick Pino...Spirit Break Out - Kim Walker-Smith...How I Love You - Rick Pino...Jesus You're Beautiful - Rick Pino...Thy Will - Hillary Scott...Holy - Matt Gilman...Worthy Of It All - Onething and David Brymer...There Is One Found Worthy - Onething and Justin Rizzo...All Is For Your Glory - Onething and Cory Asbury...Good Good Father - Chris Tomlin...For Your Glory - Free Worship and Calvin Nowell...Dove's Eyes - Rick Pino...In Your Presence - Jason Upton...Moving Forward - Free Chapel...Grace - Michael W. Smith


These are a few, and I'm always adding more. I believe with honoring God through praise and worship is always good and important. I truly feel blessed to have been given such a talent, but even more so to use that talent to worship God and for the art to carry a powerful message inside of it. A message that is important and powerful to each of us differently. So, as you view these pieces of art, allow them to connect deep inside you and see what God wants you to see. I know seeing these pieces of art in person is the best way for that to work, so look out for upcoming showings in various venues.


Thanks for your time and support!


God Bless! Richard Rice

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