Saturday, February 20, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Well, I told you in my last post that per the advice of my very wise teenager, I was breaking out of my pink/red florals with dark background box (for now anyway!) and putting some different colors on my pallette. I tried out the new pallette last Saturday and was fairly pleased with the outcome.
It was so hard to try something new though! I was really hung up with the thought of painting a lighter background. I love the dramatic effects from the dark backgrounds against the brighter colors of the flowers. Plus, I love the intensity of the beauty of a zoomed in view of a flower. Now I was just painting a simple still life of a plain vase with some flowers on a basic background. I thought it would just look bland and ordinary.
As I was painting I began thinking about a teaching I heard a few weeks back about Jesus, taken from Isaiah 53. Isaiah pointed out that Jesus, while here on earth, was nothing special to look at. " He has no stately form or majesty, that we would look upon Him, no appearance that we should be attracted to Him..." Is. 53:2
Point being - He was ordinary.
He wasn't exactly what we think of when we think of a great king to lead us or a great hero to rescue us. He looked like all the rest of us. No one was following Him around gushing over His handsome features and strong physique. He was plain. Yet all of the beauty and glory of God was contained within this very plain vessel. Beauty in the ordinary.
You just never know what thoughts are going to run through your mind as your standing at that easel for hours at at time!
The painting is an oil on mat board, 15x20. I decided to title it "Beauty in the Ordinary".