I’ve recently started a new venture, as a monthly contributor to a blog called “Pick Your Portion”. Lisa Velthouse is a writer who started the website as a daily scripture reading. Following a format of reading through the Bible in a year, the site’s artwork or writing highlights one of four passages assigned for that day’s reading. My first contribution goes live tomorrow (April 11th) and actually highlights a passage from Leviticus 15. The chapter’s theme is “UnClean,” and when I first read it, I thought, “Gross! Who would want to paint this imagery!?” But as I finished the chapter, my thoughts moved toward Lent. In this season of looking toward the cross, we need to be reminded just how unclean we are. The gross, filthy parts of our lives are exactly what Christ came to cleanse. I’m reminded of Eustace in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by C.S. Lewis. When his greed left him in the fix of becoming a dragon (literally), he could scrape and scrape away at scales but never go deep enough to reach boy flesh. It took Aslan’s claws to cut deeply enough to remove that dragon skin. The cleansing was painful, but it left Eustace fresh and new. “Wash Me” we see scrawled across dirty car windows. We need that same plea scrawled across our hearts.
The image you see above is only part of the finished painting. To see the completed artwork, and to read the full story behind it, check out www.pickyourportion.com . I’m excited about this new opportunity! It allows me to combine some of my favorite elements - text, illustration, and biblical narrative – with the regularity of a monthly deadline. So, along with personal work and current comissions, expect to see snippets of my Pick Your Portion projects here as I attempt “Telling the [Biblical] Story Between the Lines”.