Sailboat Triptych

I just love the ocean.

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Ever since I lived in Florida, the colors of the ocean have become part of me. The deep green of an overcast tide. The bright cerulean blue of a sunny day. The way the horizon melts with the rain. So many metaphors and all of them so beautiful.

For the Sailboat Triptych, I will be paint three different boats, representing three different seasons of life.

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First, the paper boat represents the fresh launch of a young dream. It could fall apart at any moment, but still it floats. I am going to put many of these out on the water to represent all the young ideas I once had.

Second, the sailboat (not pictured) represents the dream in adolescents. It is still vulnerable, but it has mobility. However, the risks are greater as the sky is grey and the future unknown.

Third and last, the masted sailing ship (also not pictured) represents the dream in full maturity. While not as mobile and responsive as the adolescent dream, it is large enough to support a family, and comes with all the associated responsibilities. Painted against the sunset sky, this represents the completion of a diligent, well-lived life.

Romans 5

Romans 5:1-5 is my favorite passage of scripture.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

This is still a work in progress, but I’m excited to see it become a card or a print sometime soon.

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The Girl with the Balloons

This is one of the earliest renditions of the balloons. Shall I tell you what they mean?

When I was in the throes of depression, I remembered the last verse in Psalm 23:

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

It was then that I realized that God’s goodness was there to reward me for my obedience, and His mercy would cover all my sin. And if I didn’t have one, I would have the other. And when this life is done, I will live in His presence forever.

I so often felt that I would lose them - His goodness and mercy. Much like a child playing with balloons, if I let go, will they fly away? But thankfully, God is far more faithful to me than I am to Him.

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