2011 #10

July 13, 2011

Sovereign...16x20 acrylic on panel and cut paper...03 July 2011

I have been thinking a lot about tornadoes this last spring.  As a Kansan, tornadoes have always been a part of my life.  Not physically, but the idea and possibility.  We have our movie, our drills at school, our monthly siren test, our keen sense to identify tornado weather, our family rituals during the warnings, and our over-the-top storm coverage from local media.  We have a love affair with the tornado and we long to see one someday as long as it is safe and out in the farmland.

I remember my freshman year at the University of Kansas the sirens were going off and we were instructed to the basement of our dorm.  But a large group of us traveled up to the 7th floor to look out the windows facing southwest.  The 7th floor in Lawrence is probably one of the highest elevations in Kansas and a perfect lookout over the plains.  We saw some wild thunderstorms and cloud formations, but we did not see a tornado.

And then there is Joplin.  Wow!  That is real.  Not this romantic version of something terribly wonderful, but just terrible.

-Sam

2011 #4

March 28, 2011

RECONCILED (woman at the well)...4'x6' acrylic on panel...27 March 2011

Here is a picture of the end result of a live painting that I did at my church.  The message series has been on reconcilation and yesterdayss message focused on the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well as a picture of barriers to be crossed when it comes to race, status, gender etc. that divide us today.  You can listen to the podcast here.  At the end of service there was a special song and I had about 5 minutes to create this painting.  I have never done a live painting before, nor a performance sort of painting.  The painting itself is more about the process than the end result.  I started with some word images pertaining to the message and smudged them out to form literal images and then wrote more words around them and eventually covering them up with paint and then at the end revealing the image of Jesus and the woman at the well along with the word RECONCILED.

I can’t believe I did that.  I usually spend days working on a small painting and here I was attempting the largest painting ever for me (4’x6′) in under 5 minutes.  Although there were hours of prepwork and planning.  I am thankful for my church that celebrates all forms of creativity and allowing me to use my gift.