Monday, September 21, 2009

A Servant's Heart - Work in progress

A Servant's Heart | detail | oil on canvas

So much to do and so little time. Time is truly a valuable asset. What we do with it is a measure of what is important to each of us. I've had people ask me how I find the time to paint. Usually it's not a matter of finding the time, it is that I make the time to paint. It's important to me.

The watch in the painting represents the fact that real servants make themselves available. They make the time to serve. Making ourselves available is not easy–especially making the time to serve in the right spirit. Do we serve without a hint of resentment?

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve - Matthew 20:28

It's almost time to show you the completed "puzzle" of these detail images I've been showing you this last while. I just want to put a few finishing touches on it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Maurice Elevator at Dusk

Maurice Elevator at Dusk | 5"x7" | oil on hardboard

This elevator is the one that stands right here in Maurice, just a few blocks from our house. It has of course been around for a very long time and the old tin siding has a beautiful tarnished silver finish. I have always admired the way the sun lights the building at different times of the day–particularly late in the day when the warm sunlight creates dramatic geometric panels of light and shadow.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

A Servant's Heart - Work in progress

A Servant's Heart | detail | oil on canvas

Here's another detail of the commission I'm working on. It's coming along pretty nicely.

Servants do their best with what they have. The nut and the nail are the symbols which represent that in the painting. Servants don't make excuses, procrastinate or wait for better circumstances. They just do what needs to be done. They do the best they can with what they have. Less than perfect service is always better than good intentions.

Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. - Ecclesiastes 11:4