The Haven Cave Wall of Rusty's Art

Rusty's "Wall of Art"

At the Haven Cafe in Banning, California.

Please stop in for breakfast, lunch

or a Cappucino with a pastry and

we hope you enjoy the art!

The Haven Cafe
42 W. Ramsey St.
Banning, CA 92220

http://russoshaven.com

20th Aniversary of "The Lamb Won" Drawing 1997 - 2017

The Lamb Won Drawing

 

The Story Behind "The Lamb Won"

Dr. Mrs. Nina Gunter, Director of World Missions for the Church of the Nazarene told a story about a little church in the former Soviet Union after the fall of Communism. That former underground church now had permission to put a sign over the door of their church. What would they paint on it? What name could they give their tiny church?During a prayer meeting one man spoke up quietly. "I will paint the sign and bring it here tomorrow."He returned the next day with the sign. They nailed it above the door for all to see. It simply read . . .

"The Lamb Won"

When Dr. Gunter finished telling the story, immediately, I knew what the picture should look like. I knew that in the softness of the lamb's fur there would be the faces of people who made up the body of Christ, who were a part of bringing the message of Christ to the world. After that, it was just work...leg work, mind work, art work. I gathered snapshots of friends who had participated in short and long term mission projects. It would be their faces I planned to draw onto the lamb. Next, I asked a friend if I could take pictures at her lamb farm. She said yes, so I drove out to the farm and shot 3 or 4 rolls of film of a bunch of very skittish little lambs.
Next it was off to the photo shop. By now it had been over a month since I had heard the story. I was intent on getting the drawing done. The message had touched my heart profoundly and I knew it was a picture that had to be drawn. I dropped off the film and impatiently waited for the pictures to be developed.

Original Photo with  People's faces over the lambs.When I went to pick up the developed film I almost passed out when the clerk said there had been a problem and they could pitch one of the rolls and give me a replacement or ..." Please, just let me see the pictures. Then I can decide." What had happened? I could’t stand it. Was God trying to tell me that this wasn't right, that this wasn't His picture? My hands were shaking as I pulled the photos out of the package. To my absolute amazement they had been double exposed: there were people's faces on the lambs. It wasn't a reprimand or anything from God, He did want my attention to be on Him, though and not on this drawing. And, it was confirmation.

Beyond anything people could do or had done, He won. That’s the story. It’s been several years now and it still amazes me. The Lamb Won.

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God Bless,

Rusty

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A lot of my art is done with colored pencil.
Here's the best information I've found about "Choosing the Best Pencil". I hope you find it helpful!


 

 

Rusty's Recent Artwork (Summer - Fall 2017)

Ballet Slippers


5th Position
10"X8"
Acrylic on Wood with Resin


Girasole - Follow the Son

Girasole, Follow the Son, 10"X8", Acrylic on Canvas with Resin

Buckley            The Lamb

                          Buckley                                                                                                  Lamb
                          9"X12"                                                                                                       10"X8"
                          Acrylic on Wood with Resin                                                                         Acrylic on Wood with Resin

Pictures from Past Shows

Consider the Lilies

Consider the Lilies
(Arts at Palm Canyon Plaza Show)
17 1/2 X 21 1/2 " - Colored Pencil
Vellum

 

 

 

Ella Can Read

Awarded 2nd Place at the GVAL show!

Ella Can Read
(GVAL Show)
11" X 14 " - Graphite
Acid Free Bristol Board

In Feb 2014 I was reading the Women of Hope Prayer Guide, Education Opportunities for
Women and Girls
. In it they stated, “Of the approximately 774 million illiterate people in the
world, two-thirds are female.”
That’s when the idea was born to do a drawing of a little girl reading a book.  So, in the teen
playroom at our church, four-year-old Ella grabbed one of her favorite books, started reading,
and I started taking pictures.  I then went home and started drawing. During the process of
completing this drawing other young girls, far away from the safety of where Ella was reading,
who were also reading and studying in a church/school environment, were brutally kidnapped.
Because they wanted to learn how to read.

Anne Waiting for Charlie

Awarded 1st Place at the Arizona State Fair!

Anne Waiting for Charlie
(Arizona State Fair and GVAL Show)
20 " X 13 " - Charcoal and Pencil and Conté
Acid Free Art Paper

Since Anne couldn’t travel long distances any more, Charlie had to go back to close out their house in Kansas, just him and their boy Frankie.  That meant Charlie would sleep most of the time, riding in the back seat of the car.  Charlie doesn’t travel much usually, just to get lunch at Rudy’s Diner and drive to church. Anne gets to ride with him, going to Rudy’s and church. That’s about it. Being over 80 and 90 does have its limitations.
So, Anne waits

 

Take the Child and His Mother

Take the Child and His Mother
(GVAL Show)
19 " X 22 1/2 " - Charcoal
Acid Free Bristol Board

This drawing is a prayer of thanks to the Lord for all the adoptive, foster and stepdads of the world who have chosen to do the right thing. Matthew 2:13

 

If you know a Fire Station that would like to have
a free print
of this
Yarnell Memorial Flag Drawing
Contact Rusty

Yarnell Flag

Yarnell Flag
12" X 18" - Colored Pencil
Acid Free Paper


 

The Lamb Won Foot Washing Set

Soft Enough to be Used for a Baby Dedication Wrap

Contact Rusty if you are interested in ordering.

Foot Washing Set

One Embroidered Set

Pre-washed Duck Cloth 15 1/4 " X 56 1/2 "

One Lamb Won Pin 1 1/2" X 2 "

One Asante Sana Bag 8" X 12"

Product Information available in the Online Store .

 

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