Friday, January 28, 2011

Preparing the Ground

I do a lot of preliminary planning for my collage paintings. For example, artist paint comes in different pigments and each mixes differently—green isn’t just green.

Yesterday I studied images of broadcast sowing of seeds for the Parable of the Sower project—the kind of seed planting Jesus referred to.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Seeds of a Project

I’m working on a painting/collage for a local church's 46-part sermon series (!), a survey of the Bible. My part is the “parable of the sower”. As an avid gardener, Jesus’ agricultural illustrations have always resonated with me.

I’ve been enjoying the background research and Bible study that I always do for my collages.

Here is one of my preliminary drawings.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I often do worship painting at church—painting as worship during worship music. The Lord always gives me a teaching as interpretation of what I’ve painted but last Sunday, he took me further--into a prophetic act with each stage in the process having meaning.

A lovely red and a beautiful green.

Mixed together they make black—representing good things in life put together in an unholy way.

I added some Mars Black and Ochre to make it really dark. I rarely use black paint since black doesn't reflect light.

Then I scribbled over the painting and chomped it with my pliers.

Most of us had made a mess of our lives in going our own way.

But when we become followers of Jesus, we die to our old life and its ways—represented outwardly by the waters of baptism and here by washing the brush.

Jesus took our old life and reduced it to nothing.

Replacing our old life of sin, selfishness and destruction with a new life—a new start.

Instead of following in the ways of death and destruction, we turn around (repent) and live our lives in obedience to Jesus and for his glory.

I will walk about in freedom for I have sought out your precepts. Psalm 119:45 (they are) the theme of my song He has brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves (out of the dominion of darkness!) Colossians 1:13