My process for making art is strange. I start with a blank canvas, add some color and texture and when I like the balance of it, it’s time to paint something on top of it. The piece above developed over the day and into the evening before it was done.
It started with sketchy circles which I blended, adding color and lines. Had no idea what I was doing or where it was going. (That’s a secret. Don’t tell.)
I created some symbols and spirals, and then finally, hours into the process, realized what it was all about. I drew a symbol for the sun that you’d see on any decent cave painting in all its primitive glory. Then came a symbol for rain and lightning, equally primitive. Symbols represent ideas. Some are obvious, others more obscure. Whoever designed the Rosetta Stone to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics was a genius. Otherwise we never would have known what this highly sophisticated culture was even talking about.
Then I ask God “What’s this about anyway?” And I listen. And He answers. Usually with a scripture which provides the final subject matter for me. In this case, the question I hear all the time is “If there’s a God, why does He allow terrible things to happen in the world? Why doesn’t He step in and protect us from evil?”
My painting doesn’t pretend to answer that question but the scripture in Matthew points the way to what God thinks. Sun and rain are necessary for life, both which God lovingly provides for his creation, whether we are good or evil. He knows what we need and it doesn’t matter how we behave. We are given what we don’t deserve – His grace, symbolized by sun. Likewise we are all subject to the same corruption that comes with being a citizen of Earth, darkness symbolized by rain. God does care. He’s far from disinterested in His creation!
His answer to our demands doesn’t come with just one scripture but with an entire collection of His thoughts and ways about man.
Hope you enjoy the art, even picking it apart for more meaning of your own, which I’d love to hear about.