my newest painting:
make great Christmas presents!
I have these moments from time to time when
inspiration strikes me as I observe the world around me. It is as if
I see the beauty of creation in a new way and a small voice whispers in my
ear, "Paint this!" This painting is the result of such a
moment. In my mind's eye, I still remember the first time that I
saw this Acacia tree. Its beauty took my breath away as I felt the
cool Kenyan air brush against my face. However, to me, the tree's
even more meaningful than its innate beauty because it is an actual place of
worship! In 2003, a church was started here which is still going
strong today. As you can see, it is not your average church with
stain glass windows, gothic arches, and golden altars. Instead, its reverence
inducing qualities are produced from its intense natural grandeur that is
just as, if not more, awe inspiring than great European cathedrals such as
St. Peter's in Rome. The members
of the church meet on small handmade wooden benches under this
tree every Sunday morning. Even in the midst of a drought, they take
time from their hard working lives to come to this church and honor
God. Even though losing a morning of work may mean missing meals, they come anyway.
Their faith is admirable.
In the painting, the tree itself emanates light through its branches and serves as a symbol of the truth being given beneath its branches. As the pastors share, a man in the crowd is distracted as he glances out of the painting as if beckoning the viewer to come closer and display the same reverence for God that the people next to him are displaying.
As I was painting this, I often thought about these Bible verses in Jeremiah:
See this painting in progress here!
Have you ever wondered why I split my canvases?
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a
new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making
a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
- the Bible, Isaiah 43:18-19