So this post is one I meant to do shortly after the Master Painter. I have a few pictures showing the progress of this painting as well as the finished one. The biggest thing about this particular painting is what it’s showing.
A woman at my church had a vision that she shared with the congregation. She saw a beautifully made jar that was being filled with pure, clean water (representing the Living Water of the Holy Spirit), so much so that it was overflowing constantly. The jar itself, although beautiful, had large cracks in it where some mud and junk were oozing out of it. She understood that she was the jar and that God was pouring the Living Water into her. He was pouring so much into her that the junk of her life, all of the things she had done that had dirtied her up, was being forced out. Some of this mud had become dry inside of her and the Living Water was turning it back into mud to purge her of it so she was filled with only the fresh, clean Living Water. The cracks in the jar represented the hurts she had received throughout her life. Some were big and some were small, but they mottled the surface, allowing some of the mud to seep out. After she saw and understood that part of the vision, there was another part to it. She saw her jar above other jars and that the Living Water that was overflowing from her jar would flow into others. This showed how our actions affect those around us, even without us directing action towards them. The love God has for us can flow through us into everyone around us. That was the bulk of her vision she shared with us. She asked for someone who was an artist that would be able to show everyone else for the following Sunday. As soon as she asked, I knew I was going to be painting that week as I already had a canvas stretched and gessoed, just waiting for the paint.
The bulk of this painting was done Saturday night before displaying it on Sunday, I only worked on it a couple of hours on Wednesday. I’m thinking this painting was somewhere around 10 hours of work.
So, the blue and white would be the Living Water flowing into the different jars. The largest jar represents the oldest person, someone who’s lived longer and gotten more banged up and dirt along the way. They have made a decision so the Living Water is flowing into them and pouring out on the other jars surrounding it. The medium-sized jar would be like the larger’s child. This one has seen a decent amount of life and has some dirt and cracks in it. This jar has also made a decision for Christ and receives the Living Water, as well as having the Living Water overflowing onto it from its parent. The smallest jar would be like the grandchild of the largest jar. Being young still, this jar hasn’t made a decision for Christ yet and doesn’t receive the Living Water from the source, but still has the Living Water poured over it by its parent and grandparent. This is the summary of the painting, the story behind it.
I will add more pictures once I can get them off my phone of the progress.
If you happen to have any questions about this painting, please feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer.