Above is a segment of this week’s Pick Your Portion artwork. The illustration is based on verses from 2 John, talking about our basic human need for fellowship…as well as our need as Christians to fellowship with other believers.
Artistically, I went to my favorite medium: ink with watercolor. This was a fast study, with no time for revisions. However, before I sat down at my art table, I laid out the design in my imagination, pacing basic sizes, space, lettering, before putting ink to page. I knew that I wanted a hand-written look to the lettering. I knew that “Face to Face” would be the focal point, and that the letters of each word would morph into details of the face/hair. I wanted to keep the faces simplified to a few lines…ink (not watercolor) would be the star of the show. In other words, I kept the watercolor washes basic so that they wouldn’t draw attention away from the ink line. In the written explanation on the PYP site, I talk about mentoring and accountability. So, I emphasized (slightly) the age difference of the two women chatting. For I feel we each have a lot to give younger generations, as well as a lot to learn from friends who are farther down the road of life/faith than we are. To see the full illustration, check out: http://pickyourportion.com/blog/ .
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”.