Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Follow the Way of LOVE


I wanted to share a little about a piece a just finished for some good friends of ours, Shawn and Dawn Leberknight. They recently celebrated their very first wedding anniversary and Shawn asked me to do a painting for Dawn as a gift. I graciously accepted the request and began planning. I must say that this is my favorite type of work to do. One where someone says, paint something for me, here is the theme, go for it. Some of you may say, "no way, how could I commit to paying for something when I don't know what it's going to look like?". However, this is when I feel my artistic creativity flow the most. I love starting with an idea and seeing where the Lord takes it.

The piece is based on 1 Corinthians 13, the LOVE chapter. This is such a great passage of scripture packed full of wisdom for life. Once before I created a painting around this passage of scripture for another couple. When Shawn asked me about this passage I automatically remembered the other piece I did.  Here's a picture of it:
When I started planning for Dawn's piece, I decided I wanted it to be different, not resembling my "Love is..." piece. I really wanted her picture to reflect who she is and represent her and Shawn. If you know Shawn and Dawn they are a friendly laid back pair. Specifically, Dawn is sweet and softspoken. After talking with Shawn about the piece we decided to  create something with a soft color palette and to work in some cut paper, as paper is the traditional anniversary gift for the first year. Here is an image of what I created for them:


I've called it "Follow the way of Love". When searching the scripture passage we selected, I found the first verse of 1Corinthians 14 and it stopped me in my tracks. It says, "Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritula gifts, especially the gift of prophecy". I just fell in love with this statement. After reading through the thirteenth chapter where Paul highlights all the aspects of love and what love looks like the next chapter begins with, "follow the way of love". God reminded me that He IS love, and so we must follow him in all that we do and how we treat others, especially when it comes to our life mate. It just fit.

To talk a moment about the process....this piece is acrylic on canvas with a little mixed media in it. When creating my work I almost always pull from photos. I was looking for some good images of birds. I decided on blue birds, I found a male and a female. The female is the bird looking to the audience, the male being obviously more vibrant in color. For the mixed media I added some pages from an old book called, "The Old Old Story". It tells the story of the Bible in novel form, it's really sweet. I used a matte finish Mod Podge to secure the paper to the canvas. I finished up the piece with some script. I used a Sharpie to do so. Sometimes I will paint my words on although this takes much longer and I often can't get the line quality I'm looking for.

Thanks for letting me share, I hope you all have a great week.

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