“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”
Edgar Degas, French artist 1834-1917
The true pleasure of painting is enhanced when done outdoors, accepting the challenge of capturing the colors and shadows in that moment in time. For those times when painting plein aire is not possible, it helps to have a studio with a view. In this case a perfect north view window to an ever changing lake scene.
C. S. Lewis described life on earth as “the shadowlands” stating: “All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of [heaven]…….tantalizing glimpses…..” That is why I try to think of the wonders of this earth as tantalizing glimpses or reflections of what awaits. My purpose in painting is to acknowledge God in all that I paint, as I paint, as the paintings themselves reflect memories of people and places. Thinking of C. S. Lewis’ comments, I call my work REFLECTIONS of a JOURNEY.
In Revelation 19:7-10, John saw and heard the multitudes in heaven praising the Lord God at the wedding feast of the Lamb. The wedding feast of the Lamb is the marriage supper which was about to begin. As Christians we should all be watching and waiting for the appearance of Christ Jesus, the Bridegroom, anticipating the glorious celebration of all who place their faith in Jesus.
My signature reminds me at the completion of every painting who I am and more importantly, to whom I give thanks for my salvation. When signing the painting it goes something like this;
Because Ben is a sinner, he needs the cross of Jesus. Likewise, Because everyone needs the saving grace of Jesus……..Christ obediently made possible thru the cross, our nuptials…………that is the wedding feast of the lamb to be anticipated in Heaven.