Proverbs 16 - Healing Words by Melani Pyke

I love how this prophetic painting makes you feel the soothing effects of gracious words. I just had to share it with you! Since life and death are in the power of the tongue, our words are powerful and do affect others. May we always be careful about the words we release.

- Elizabeth McLellan


Proverbs 16 - Healing Words by Melani Pyke

Acrylic on canvas


Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
(Proverbs 16:24)

I took Proverbs 16 as my inspiration, and there were many incredible proverbs in this chapter that would make excellent artwork. I loved the idea of words as sweet as honeycomb in verse 24 — words that heal — so I started with the honeycomb as a base before adding the woman speaking and the rose across the lower right. May this painting be a reminder to speak encouraging, uplifting words as much as possible. This piece is part of my January 2018 daily painting series on the book of Proverbs, with each painting focusing on an idea taken from a different chapter within the book.

- Melani Pyke




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Award winning Canadian artist Melani Pyke has enjoyed living in the Niagara region for the last 14 years, but has reached people worldwide through the oil and acrylic paintings she has created over the last 25 years. Her paintings remind us to enjoy the natural world while carrying messages of hope and healing through a lyrical realism inspired by the timeless truths of the Bible. Melani plays an active role in the local community by leading art camps and workshops for children, and instructing weekly drawing and painting classes for all ages and abilities. Many of her paintings are created before live audiences at community events. After winning multiple Art Battle live painting competitions recently, she went on to compete in the national competition in July 2018. Melani is also well-known for her public mural projects throughout the Niagara region. Melani completed YWAM’s University of the Nations’ School of Illustration program in Kona Hawaii in 2001, and Mohawk College’s Graphic Design program in 2003.



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