In the same way that almost every photo that I see seems to lilt a song or melody,
many pieces of artwork, too, have their own energy or emotion.
They tell a story.
I can’t speak for other artists, but I can at least say that
I want my pieces to have a message … to be valuable.
Matthew 12:36 states
“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”
If God cares about our idle words,
then surely our idle messages are important, too.
I don’t want my artwork to be “idle” ….
As I painted, I thought about how relationships are represented by these circles.
Each circle has four different distinct sections.
Each of those four distinct sections has a pattern that is unlike any other on the canvas.
Each circle could represent a life …. distinctly separate from any other circle …. with sections that are very individual.
Each circle nests inside another circle … all part of one overall piece of art.
Some patterns come from familiar places …. trees, leaves, vines, scales, atoms, flowers, rocks, bones.
But some … are not recognizable as familiar designs.
Like these varied, unique circles,
our lives have distinct segments with different rhythms.
Some portions are chaotic and messy … while others are soothing and calm.
Each of us live our lives
nested inside other lives ….
butted right up next to other’s chaos, serenity or whimsy.
And even if we try, it is absolutely impossible to live our lives
without touching …. overlapping e.v.e.n … into the space of others.
Will all this closeness, shouldn’t we strive to do what we can to
bless the circles that touch ours?
Shouldn’t we do the best we can to make each section of our life – no matter how long or short ….
whether invited or unplanned ….
whether familiar or completely foreign ….
be as beautiful as we can
with the colors, brush and inspiration that we have to work with?
But, it all works together to create the beautiful symphony of life.
Live. Love. Give. Offer.
Dance. Support. Encourage. Look for the best in others.
Forgive. Make amends. Embrace. Offer grace.
These are the things that I see in this painting.
Circles … that touch … that overlap …
create a piece of art
that represents how our lives operate …
one beside another ….. one inside the other …. nested and concentric.