Friday, August 17, 2007

BECOMING LESS

I sat before an empty canvas wondering why this one was so much harder to approach than the others. Could it be that I was erecting a wall to avoid the personal ineptness I would experience by working on such a piece? After all, it comes so natural for us as humans to push forward and to climb higher all the while worrying how we look to others. It is so easy for us to forget that, “He must become greater; I must become less.”

Perhaps it was the words of Henry Ward Beecher that paralyzed me, he said; “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” What if my brush came up dry?

I looked hard into the eyes that were staring back at me from the photographs I had taken earlier. If I could just paint what’s behind that face, I thought. If I could capture that quiet strength and humility that I could see deep within Rick’s soul, then just maybe I could stop agonizing over the destination and simply find solace in the journey.

With uncertainty, I dipped in my brush. To my delight, instead of coming up dry, it came up with a rich pallet of deep, dark “Rembrandt” colors and my journey began. With a renewed adventurous spirit, I began splashing “wet pixels” onto the canvas. John 3:30 seemed to come more alive with each stoke that was made. Time became inward flow and before I knew it I had painted an image of a man who seemed to decrease as he faded into the background, while Jesus appeared to increase as he moved through the man to fill the foreground.

With the signature in place, I stood there full of appreciation to the process. As a friend of mine so eloquently said, “We paint to understand better, to see more clearly and to share.” I am glad to be sharing this with you.

10 comments:

Brook said...

You know this is one of my favorite pieces you've done. It is one we can all relate to, or maybe the more acurate thing to say is it's one we all WANT to relate to. I wish I could just melt into the wall and let God shine. That is my desire, to become less. I just keep getting in the way of this process though. Strange, I'm getting in my own way :)

Jen Redstreake said...

Cindy, I am one of your biggest fans :-) Your work is outstanding!!!! - Jen

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Hi Cindy,
I just saw your comment on my blog (from 10/8) and thought I'd check out yours. Wow!!!! Your paintings are stunning. This one is particularly moving, mostly because of what is DOESN'T show. The emotion and humility of the subject comes through in the simplicity of the brushstrokes. Nice job!

David Patterson said...

Beautiful and powerful painting Cindy!

David Patterson said...

Beautiful and powerful painting Cindy!

Shirley said...

Hi Cindy,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. I came here to see who you were and am blown away by not just your beautiful art, but how you 'see' people through your paint. It's exciting to see you using this talent for God's glory too. As an art-lover, I'll be back to see more!!

Alexis said...

Beautiful...This one I love the most

Liane Schmidt said...

This is beautiful. I love it.

Best wishes.

Sincerely,

-Liane Schmidt.

Footyman said...

Hi Cindy

Not only are your artworks great, I think you write fantastically too. It makes appreciating your work a very complete and satisfying complement. I am becoming your fan!

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