Returning to Jesus

I have done a number of different live paintings over the years at the annual King's Kids Promotions (91.1 The Bridge) fundraising banquet.  In 2016, just two months before the big Fort McMurray fire, I did Billy Graham.  It raised $1,500.  This year, I decided that I wanted to return to Jesus Christ, one of the subjects I explored during my 18 Day Painting Challenge in January.  The difference this time would be the size of the canvas; it would be much larger.

My friend Brandon, who was attending the event with his wife, asked me a lot of great questions as I was laying down the first few colours.  He couldn't wrap his brain around my colour choices.

"I want to get inside your head and see how you decide that yellow goes here and orange goes there," he said.  "It makes no sense, yet it works."

"Do you see the end product and just work your way there?" he asked.

The truth is that with painting, I don't start with the end in mind.  I have no idea what any piece is going to look like at the end.  My focus is on the present and allowing the painting to take me where it wants to go.

With this still life painting of a statue of Jesus, I did not go into it thinking I was going to use my new style.  It was the farthest thing from my mind.  However, in my conversations with Brandon through the night, something inspired me to use the vertical brush strokes of colour to finish off the piece. 

"In this painting are each and every one of you," I said to the crowd gathered at the Shell Place ballroom just before it was auctioned off. "Your conversations and your energy are all infused in this piece."

A bidding war between three different people drove the price up to $2,000 where it was sold to Kent and Audrey.  They were thrilled.  I was thrilled.


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