Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Build an Altar

Build an Altar
"I was painting the edges on my canvases yesterday," I said, "and it was FABULOUS! I hadn't noticed how much I had missed painting!" My husband just grinned at me. He knows. I think he would rather have me covered in paint than have me happy about a clean house or a ready meal. 
I have been reading about Abram in the Old Testament, and in the last couple of days, I have noticed that every time GOD puts him in a new place or phase, or shows him something new or gives a promise - pretty much all the time, actually - Abram builds an altar to the LORD. 
Lately I have been doing a lot more of the business and marketing of being an artist at the expense of painting. Oh, it can be so tough to not paint! But I don't always have the resources (so to speak) to be in the studio. I am trying to learn about this phase of my work, and am trying to strike the right balance...
So I will Build an Altar. I want to bring an offering to my loving Father of all that I am, and of all the ways I am trying to understand my daily responsibilities. I want to celebrate His gifts of life, loves, and joys! 
This painting has layer after layer after layer, and so many colors! I feel that is appropriate for my celebration and offering back. 

On Hold
 11 x 14 acrylic on wood panel

Genesis 13:18 (New American Standard Bible) Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.