BLESSING THE LAND
From starting this journey of artistic discovery I have wondered what on earth it is all about. Art as far as most people are concerned is either irrelevant, pretentious nonsense, or a child's occupation. As a young adult myself, I could not believe art could support a realistic life so I drifted away from it. But having been brought back to it, I have wrestled with its significance in my life and in society. It seems to be a luxury an expensive indulgence, for the artist and maybe for the person who might buy the art.
Three years ago or so, I walked away from teaching, and wondered what now? In the trying to discover the 'what now' I picked up a paint brush and started painting. At first it was a way to clear my head, a way to learn how not to work all the time. But as it developed, I remembered it had always been part of who I was. But who I was now, was different to the who I was as a teenager or a very young adult drifting away from my gifting. Now I was a mature adult, what's more, I was a Christian. So I thought I would give this art thing a second chance. From then I have said I am a Christian who paints; or I am an artist who is also a Christian. But recently I have discovered this is not totally true.
I am a Christian artist. Not one of my recent paintings, have done anything but celebrated its subject. There has been no protest, no political agenda, no hidden message just a celebration of something that is good, beautiful and positive. At first that was not a deliberate choice it just happened. I believe it has just happened because of my relationship with Jesus. Then one morning I woke up with the words 'whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8) and I knew that was Gods word for my art.