This painting was the first of what I hope will be many inspired paintings.
The inspiration caught me off-guard because I was sitting in my brother-in-law’s living room, drinking coffee and watching the kids. Suddenly, I found myself looking at a freshly painted purple wall over their mantel. At that point, it was as if a beam of light was shining down on me and I was suspended in mid-air. I have no idea how long I stared at their blank wall. I told them right away that I would find something to put there. Still, it took a few more months, and another visit to finally “see” the trees that were right outside the kitchen window. Finally, I knew! I took pictures, and was amazed at how the leaves held on. Now I could start painting as soon as I got home.
The title of this piece was given to me as I painted it; the words mulling over in my head like a beautiful song. I contemplated how the Lord makes all things beautiful in His timing, and this verse expanded my heart as I painted. Likewise, I felt as though there was no choice: the background MUST be white.
Looking at it after it was finished, I was able to understand more. I realized that I was painting their family tree. Its foundation is purity through grace. The tree itself reminds me of a picture you might see in a children’s book, which is innocent and whimsical. The two separate trees growing together are a reflection of their lives.
Acrylic on Canvas
by Misty Bedwell