Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Making of a Painting & a Print

Someone who has a great concern for the future
of our nation drew this and presented to me.

The painting and reproduction prints he wanted
me to create from his drawing included three things:

1. A Church
2. A Sign Inviting People to Prayer Meeting
3. A Scroll with Scripture on it.

The title of the painting is "If My People",
based on scripture from the Bible, II Chronicles 7:14.

If my people who are called by my name
will humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.


After about a week of pondering and praying,
a vision came to me.
So I grabbed a pencil and started to
sketch a church nestled in a grove of oak trees.

Preliminary Sketch for "If  My People"
Copyright © 2011
Wiseman Graphics

My client and I met in my studio again.
With tears in his eyes, he said,

 "It was exactly what I was hoping for".

Several weeks passed as I worked on other commissioned work.
I continued to pray and ask God to show me the colors for "If My People".
I began researching photos of autumn scenes.

 I began to create a preliminary color study.

Copyright © 2011
Wiseman Graphics

After completing the color study and it was approved, 
My vision for this painting was just beginning. 
God revealed so much more to me over the next 3 months.

Copyright © 2011
Wiseman Graphics

At one point I thought the painting was finished

and ready for framing but strangely I had no emotional attachment to the artwork.

So I asked God "What's Missing"?

It was then that the people started to appear
one by one they came out of the mist to the
little white church in the grove of oak trees.

Copyright © 2011
Wiseman Graphics

The church is not a building.
The church is people.
God was bringing His painting to completion.
I was greatly moved by what God had created
through my hands.