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Anticipating the Feast of Communion

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Anticipating the feast of communion is about filling the gap of the unknown with purposeful expectancy.  Readying ourselves, opening our hands, our plates, our mouths for what is coming, is yet to come, and has come. Readying for He who was before the world began and still is.  It is on waiting in what seems like the dark for Jesus. A dark that is only from our place on the ground, while up above the glory has already begun to fall, and will presently arrive at just the right time. In the blink of an eye, for the one who is outside of time but steps in time with us like a cosmic dance, mortal led by immortal into an eternal feast of the soul and spirit. We wait, ready for Him to fill what looks empty. Our hunger says to us, “He is coming!” Our filling says to us, “He is faithful!”  And the anticipation deepens the fullness when He comes.

“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears. Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. Smoke went up from his nostrils. And devouring fire from his moth; glowing coals flamed forth from him. He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind… He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy… he brought me in to a broad place; he rescued me because he delighted in me…Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.”- Psalm 18 , Excerpts

Originally Creative

Let’s look at Genesis chapter 1- the beginning of creation and creating as we know it on this Earth. By the ultimate Creator, in whose image we are made. I assume that “image” means attributes, nature, personality, characteristics, etc. So His very creativity by which He made us is IN us to go “go forth into the earth” and be creative in turn. In fact that was one of the very first directives he gave to mankind after creating Adam.

In Genesis 1 the first interaction God has with mankind is to bless them (yes it says “them”, even though as far as we know, Adam is the only human on Earth at that point) (Genesis 1:28). Bless is kind of vague, but it’s incredible in it’s vagueness. It is a sweet vote of confidence and affection. It is an immediate show of God’s goodness and kindness. We sometimes take for granted that God wants to bless us, but think about other cultures creation accounts. A grumpy demi-god bumps in to something and then poof! Earth formed out of his coffee spilling on the celestial tile floor. Maybe his dog tries to lick it up and then rivers form on the Earth’s surface. Ok not exactly, but that’s sometimes the flavor of the accidental and impersonal nature of some creation stories. But God created us on purpose. He wants us to do well and have joy and THRIVE. With His will and blessing in the core of our make-up, we also want to thrive. Every thriving society has created and even created art in some form.

Next he gives them the command to be fruitful and multiply, which itself is a partnering with His creation. God could have easily created every single human being for all history out of the dust of the Earth, like Adam. But he chose not to do that, but rather to let us play a role in His process of creating. Every human being IS His creation, correct? But we humans take part in the process of each new person coming to be. This is one of the glorious mysteries. He wants us to be in on his favorite work. He must like us or something.

The next thing he does is give us empowerment. He gives us everything on the earth to use and over which to have dominion (Gen. 1:26-30). Obviously he wants us to do something with it, but he didn’t outline what exactly. Obviously he meant us to use the earth for food to survive, but human kind obviously didn’t stop there and I don’t think God intended us to. The difference between God’s creativity and ours is that he creates something out of nothing and we create something out of something, but in both cases something NEW is made. He gave us all the materials we needed to create something out of something.

Last of all, and that is only “last” for this blog post and for the first two chapters of the Bible, is in Genesis 2:19-20. Adam got to name the animals. It’s obvious all over the Bible that God considers something’s name to be to be instrumental in its identity and value. Particularly His own name; He says he will forgive or act “for my name’s sake,” many times in the Old Testament. God often gives people a new name in the Bible to denote a new meaning and identity for that person. You may be thinking that they are animals and not people with souls and spirits, etc., but don’t forget he names “woman” a few verses later 😉 . And maybe that was just a warm up to get the creative juices flowing.

I love knowing God made me this way. I love that He called it good. I love that he made me to LOVE doing what glorifies Him and his reveals attributes. Praise the Lord who made good things.

(Side Note: the format of Genesis 1 in Hebrew is a Poem. Why not introduce God’s word in a lovely, artistic way? Yes, please.)

 

 

 

Framed and Ready

Here are paintings that I have available and framed, ready to buy and gift for the holidays. Please see my gallery pages for better pictures of the individual paintings. (Sizes listed are just the painting itself, and prices include matt and frame.)

yellow dancer framed

Dancer in Yellow, 12″ x 18″.  $415

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Trees

I recently tried an experiment auctioning small watercolor trees on Facebook. While worthwhile as an endeavor in itself, it was actually all in service of a larger composition, which I will put at the end of this blog post. I needed to practice, not having painted many trees previously. So “practice” became 7 sales in one week and a lot of fun! I enjoyed keeping up with the bidding every day and several people told me they enjoyed logging on to Facebook to see what the new painting was. These are the small trees in that series:

Postmistress by day. Artist by… day.

Sometimes the hard, and also the fun, thing about being an artist is that there is no “right way” to do it. How do I get there? What should my life look at this stage of the journey? What are the steps? There are some basics about things to try and short term goals to set, but what about all the details and gaps to fill in? How does one pay bills in the mean time? How should I structure my time? How many art pieces should I be producing in a given time? There ARE resources I have found that have helped me with some of this. For example, I am reading the book, “Starving to Successful” by J. Jason Horejs which gives succinct and helpful advice about approaching a career as an artist successfully. But there is still so much open ended to figure out as I go. And really it is by the grace of God that details ARE filled in and I’m able to continue pursuing an art career.

I recently got a job at a small contracted post office where, get this, they WANT me to use the space as a studio and display my art on the walls to show and sell. Between post office customers I actually have a fair amount of time to get artwork done. In addition to obvious benefits of hanging work in a public venue, I’m grateful for the social aspect of this situation. Working in my studio alone all the time did not fit my personality well and I struggled to stay there and work for very long. I am also more likely to get art work done when I am stuck in one place. I’m grateful for this opportunity, however random it seems… Come see me at my studio/gallery at the Remax Post Office at 1507 E. Race Street in Searcy!

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