Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tired of the White Stuff!

There's been snow around for nearly a month, and it's shocking that the winter wonderland can pall so quickly. Christmas is long gone, and even my inspirational New Year retreat at Crowhurst is fading. Then I remember the Magi, the Wise Men, who, 'they' say, were not Kings. They would still be trekking to Bethlehem, though it is said that they arrived much later, and shouldn't be in the nativity scene. Maybe they were on their way back by this time, avoiding bad old King Herod in Jerusalem.

When I painted them, about thirteen years ago, I remember the vivid pictures in my mind, and the dazzling cloud of emotions - awe, amazement, sadness and joy. Some say they were sages, astrologers, non-Jews, strangers, oddities in that land, but 'wise', and well aware of the etiquette of bestowing gifts on a new-born child, both symbolic and prophetic. God chose them to honour His Son, whoever they were. That makes me feel included, in spite of being a stranger and an oddity in this land, too. And so I'll keep on working at the wise aspect.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Only Thirty-nine

No, not my age! Only thirty-nine paintings in 'The People of the Book.' Friends ask, 'Where's No. 40? Who will it be?'

Still don't know. Looking at the wintry weather out there, with 16 inches of snow forecast, I can't get any inspiration right now. I might hire a studio. It was suggested yesterday. It was inspired! Haven't been able to paint since I moved here. Nothing to do with this lovely, warm, safe place. Just me. Artist's block. Lots going on, but God is directing me through it. I added my painting of 'Creation' to this blog to emphasize that. No doubts. I'm on sabbatical at last. Already less tired. Already the plans for my Ph.D. are upside-down and turned around. So the journey will be interesting, as ever. Better than fame or money, but not love. Praying about it. Prepared for surprizes.