We’ve been studying the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations in Scripture as a church on Sunday mornings. As a person who is drawn to the melancholy, I get a sense of vindication reading Jeremiah’s words. The world isn’t all rainbows and unicorns and it’s ok if you’re not happy all the time. Jeremiah lays it out bluntly. Pain and brokenness are reality and it stinks. There is real hope, but we must dive into the pain to truly see this hope.
As I painted this musician, a Uyghur man living in a country whose goal it seems to be to destroy his culture, I fell in love a little bit. His poverty is apparent as his over-sized, dusty jacket hangs loosely over his thin frame. And, though I can’t understand his words, his song is clearly a song of lament, of pain. He digs down deep into his ancient culture and his voice calls out passionately. He reminds me of Jeremiah.
I’m a fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things, and feel it framed the idea of our paradoxical present world in “the upside down” and “the veil of shadows” so well. We are in the upside down and it’s messed up, but the right side up exists right along side of us. Pain and hope exist next to each other. The musician is poor, but he is rich. Jesus set up these paradoxes of reality in the Sermon on the Mount. It’s a struggle to understand this, but the realities of the world are not simple…Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Been working hard on color theory and light. Just so happy with how his skin came about out of the color and brush strokes. I’m enjoying working with M. Graham paints and walnut oil without turpentine or other solvents.