"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

5.20.2011

what a journey....


It began as this...the Lenten painting...waves of self flowing down,
churning, mixing it's own selfishness with the "self-ish" ness of the multitudes. 


It became this...Good Friday painting...the placing of guilty hands on the one
that was sinless...God, redeeming what was lost.  


Morphing into this...offered gift accepted...learning to live out this
new life that has been given...learning to die to self...learning to
love. 


Then this...all because of love...


I added this last view because I wanted you to see that
the cross shows up ever so faintly in the final painting.  


This was not an easy journey...it surfaced some things I need
to look a bit deeper into.  


Grace and Peace

16 comments:

Bren said...

what an unbelievably penetrating journey you've taken with this painting. The stunning simplicity that you've reached with it at this point is profound. Once again I am so struck at how God uses our art to reveal himself in us, like my Joyous Struggle I posted about.

Diane said...

May, I love each version! I understand your process. Thanks for sharing. I would go back and create each version separately! they are such a testament to God in each one. thanks for sharing!

Lisa D. said...

Thanks Mary...its lovely

laurel said...

What a beautiful progression internally and externally. Thank you for sharing!

S. Etole said...

I like the deep blues and purples and how they flow together.

Martha Lever said...

WOW, Mary. This is powerful!

Jennifer Richardson said...

hands to my heart,
eyes closing and opening again
to the powerful beauty
you've shared here, Mary.
Oh yes....your paintings tell your story
and what a beautiful one
it is.
Grace and peace washing over me
in waves
as I sit before the last painting
and thank God
and you
for such riches.
Grateful,
Jen

Denise said...

Beyond beautiful.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Wow Mary! God sure guided your hand and heart in this AMAZING painting. It really is sooooo powerful. Don't you just love it when God guides you in this way through your art? I am amazed sometimes when he reveals himself so fully in my thoughts and then guides my hand. Many times it's the simplest things that speak the most!

I LOVE THIS ONE SO MUCH!!!

Big hugs,
Lee Ann

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Beautiful...they each go with the sermons I have heard recently...one was preached by Billy Graham's grandson and another my own pastor...you have caught the message in an art form.

Bevie said...

Wow!! Each painting does speak volumns then to see the last, beautiful, simple, just so full of God's awesome power and grace!!!
love it sister..sigh!! I'm just in awe at your heart and how God continues to use you sweetie!!!

rachel awes said...

love to your beautiful heart, mary. xox

jgr said...

Mary, I love all of them! I especially like your colors, too.

WINDOWLAD said...

It's really amazing how you mix every colors together in such a very light feeling of simplicity. Mary, i most loved your heart painting...though some parts are shaded with black still the shade of light dominates. You have a lovely day.(:

Take care,

~Kelvin

Connie Lou said...

Wow, this made me think about my current "journey" and the people that the Lord has put in my life who don't yet know Him...and how sometimes I feel so "over it" when it comes to loving them like Jesus...but then I see the cross behind the heart and I am reminded of HIS sacrifice, I am so grateful that HE is never "over it" when it comes to me...thanks Mary.

misty said...

I love the evolution of this...very powerful!