Feeling a strong urge to paint, but no money and very little resources, I set out to find anything to create something!
Determination drove me forward, and I thought of an idea…use the backing board of an old frame. Seeing that the backing board was not in good shape, I found a piece of rubber backed curtain off-cut, then taped it to the backing board, and prepared it with Gesso Primer.
With no inspiration yet, I though I’d start by squirting some cobalt blue and titanium white at the top half, raw sienna and cadmium yellow on the bottom half, and smeared it on with my hands. I felt a little better that at least I’d made a start!
But I had trouble forming a picture in my mind, and there the painting sat with no form, seeming to reflect my mood. A cloud had gathered around me…refusing to budge. It seemed to reflect the things that were going on around me. Every day I sought God for breakthrough, but nothing was coming.
Then finally, after two weeks of frustration, a scripture burst through – as if a light had been turned on – and there it was! Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”
For the next two weeks as the painting came to life, hope rose again within me! The Light of Christ was pushing back the oppressive darkness and then the atmosphere around me began to change. I realised that it’s only Jesus – the Light of the World – who can push back the darkness. His Light and Truth can set people free, if they chose to believe in Him!