Today I just wanted to post a 'throw back' sketch I did in 1991! This is my husband, and he was playing with pups from our boxer's litter of 11. I have always loved this sketch - and Bruce does too. It hangs in his office. NFS
Having started a series on the Wordless Book in early September, I wanted to have five finished works to exhibit at upcoming events. I did manage to have all five completed (before I broke my arm), but I wasn't happy with one of them. Finally, I have been able to get back to my painting, and here is another version of the painting 'Green'. (see previous post here)
2 Thes. 2:15 (AMP) So then, brethren, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions and instructions which you were taught by us, whether by our word of mouth or by letter.
Our woods has been absolutely stunning this fall. I decided I had to try to represent the beauty (thanks to challenges from several friends!) and I believe this is finished. ;) Since I usually paint abstracts, I always have to work at it to decide when my representational paintings are really done.
'Floodlighted' is my response to some things that have been on my mind lately.
‘Walking on Water’ is a painting by Makoto Fujimura that I
was privileged to see in Grand Rapids
this fall. It is a painting that is easily overlooked in a contest with
hundreds of works of art to see, and that is primarily because it is only fully
‘seen’ – the refractions of the crushed crystals are prismatic – after looking
at the work for 10 minutes or more. Fujimura spoke the night I was there, and
mentioned that his work is impossible to photograph, because that depth of
prismatic beauty cannot be caught and transmitted via camera.
That got me thinking about my own art work and my
frustration with trying to photograph it for sharing on digital media, and my
cards and books. My work is not as complex, but even my paintings are so much
more appealing ‘in real life’. It is why I like to show my work publicly
whenever possible. The photo is just not as good as the actual work of art.
Next I considered how my daughter, Brittany, looks so
strikingly beautiful each time I get to see her. I often see pictures of her
online, or on my phone, and they are stunning (not biased at all!), but when I
see her face to face, I am often blindsided by how her inner sparkle shows! I
notice this more in my daughter, who I don’t get to see very often, than in my
handsome son and husband who I see almost daily… though occasionally I feel the
same way about them. I love the photos I have of these loved ones, but they are
so much more beautiful in real life.
My thoughts turned to GOD. My Savior, my Father, my
Everything. It felt like a thought was floodlighted in my head as I considered
whether the ‘images’ I see of my Lord are good representations. I am sure they
are… I see Him in His Word, in people who love Him and are His (and in all
people, to a certain extent), in creation and the arts. But all of these are
like photographs of great paintings. They don’t communicate the reality – the
beauty – that seeing Him in real life will.
GOD came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to
communicate Himself to us. Somehow, Jesus, though fully human, was also fully
GOD and gave a true representation to earth dwellers. God sent His Son here –
not a photo or painting, not only HIS Word, but Jesus. Yet, in spite of that,
people didn’t really stop to look at Him. His deep beauty wasn’t seen, and He
died on the cross, carrying every single sin on Himself. But GOD raised Him from the dead! This is the completely
surprising, overwhelming, unearthly way GOD represented Himself here on this
Several passages of Scripture are significant here:
Col 1:15 He is the
image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Col 1:19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure
for all the fullness to dwell in Him
Col 2:9 For in Him all
the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
Col 2:16-17 Therefore
no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a
festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— 17 things which are a mere shadow of
what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
Col 3:4 When Christ,
who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Hebrews 1:1-3 God,
after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in
many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed
heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of
His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had
made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on
The book of John
I just think that if the things I see on earth that remind
me of my Heavenly Father are so beautiful, and if all of the beauty I see is a
‘photograph’ of the reality …