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.

2010 #7

April 5, 2010

Secret 5...acrylic on paper and panel...04 apr 2010

…It’s no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
It’s no secret ambition bites the nails of success
Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief

Over love… we shine like a
Burning star
We’re falling from the sky
Tonight

A man will rise
A man will fall
From the sheer face of love
Like a fly from a wall
It’s no secret at all…(Bono)

This painting is inspired by a picture I took  in the Piazza del Santo outside the Basilica Di Sant’Antonio in Padova, Italy.  Along the colonnade, there was a vendor set up with religious icons for sale.  I don’t know if these were souvenirs or an aid for worship.