Fall Approaches - experimental landscape - Oil Pastel on paper
approx 9 x 12"
This one speaks to me of the verses in the Bible that tell of God's care over the earth.... not just care, really - but his overseeing with attention and abundance. (from Psalm 65)
"...You formed the mountains by your power ... You quieted the the raging oceans with their pounding waves....You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The rivers of God will not run dry; they provide a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so. You drench the plowed ground with rain....You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The wilderness becomes a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy...the meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain."
I find this to be reassuring. We live in a world where fear has asserted its influence - particularly lately, fears about global warming and environmental destruction. A lot of doom and gloom, much of it based on poor scientific method and a media that has a cause and has charged itself with telling us what we should think about almost everything. Its subtle (sometimes), but fear casts its spell.
While I believe that as inhabitants of this beautiful earth, we do have a responsibility to care for it wisely - I also believe that it is ultimately God's earth and that He who created it has not walked away from it or from us! He is actively interested in and involved in His creation. That should give us reason for relief!
I hope this painting reflects some of the abundance of God's provision for our earth. I hope it gives the message that he is still taking care of this world. I hope it evokes a sense of pleasure in the explosion of color and the overflow of God's hand to us through the land. I hope it gives some balance to the fearful messages of earth's demise that are all around us!