Over a month or so ago I remembered my pastor preaching about God’s love saying that it is everlasting from life, to death, through the afterlife. This statement was my inspiration for the creation of “Everlasting Love.”
I created this piece using chalk pastel on paper. The heart, representing God’s love, is there with us through all of phases of our existence. The gray color block represents life. I chose gray because I think about how we live and that the decisions we make aren’t always in black in white. The second one, black, represents death. We tend to think of death as an absolute because it is the end of life. I, on the other hand, look at death as not the end but the middle or a transition. Finally there is white, which represents the afterlife or eternity.
Last year I completed a work in charcoal called “The Perimeter” a couple of weeks before I returned to the work force. This piece was inspired by a church sermon that talked about the trials of being a servant, and that our labor is not in vain because God is with us. After the benediction our pastor asked the congregation to pause for a moment and quietly reflect on the role of being a servant. He described servants as beacons of light to those who are walking in darkness.
I created this work from the servant’s point of view, where he or she is looking out into the horizon. There on the edge or perimeter are people, who are drawn to the light, and are in need of help and encouragement. They are too numerous to count. Above them is the vast sky filled with twinkling stars, a clear sign that there are other “beacons of light” out there who are there to serve.
“I’m drawing my peeps,” I would say affectionately as I penciled in the people that spanned across the paper. I couldn’t stop smiling as I was creating them and that’s when I realized that’s how God sees people. He cares so much about us, and even when we’re living on the edge or far away from Him, He cares, and He wants us to come back to him. That’s why He sends His servants out into the world, to show and spread God’s love.
As I had stated in my last post, I was going to show the sketches that I drew while I was at the Rock Hill Pottery and Arts Festival.
This one here is called “The Veil” and is something that I am committed to launching into final production. A couple of years God gave me this image in a dream when I was going through a particularly dark time in my life. It really speaks to Christ’s redeeming love that is always there even we make mistakes and find it difficult to forgive ourselves. The message is pretty powerful and I realize that it not just meant for me but that it’s also meant to be shared with others. So I plan to really get cranking so I can share the whole story.
As always, there is so much planning involved before I begin working on a final piece. There are a few more images that I need to flesh out. I also want to practice drawing columns and stone so I can achieve the look that I want. The size will be roughly 24″ x 36″ and my medium will be chalk pastel. I’m looking forward to sharing the final work with you!