I miss the beautiful. The Catholic church knows how to do beautiful . Protestants, not so much. Catholics are great at pomp and ceremony and incense,, The Protestants seem to like no decoration .
This goes counter to my own taste . It seems to me that making the church beautiful is part of worship. We get dressed up for church.
And I wanted an art church to go to 10 minutes after I was converted. I will mention how that all went down in a later blog.
I think artists need to do some kind of sacred artwork to give back to the one who made them that way. Where do the ideas come from?? I sometimes look at a painting after its done and am pretty surprised that I painted it, shocked even.
Once I got to do a mural for behind the alter. That was intimidating but also thrilling at the same time. Why they entrusted me with that job, who knows, but the elders and pastor did. I came up with a plan and they all approved it. But in the middle of execution of said plan, the Holy Spirit sort of took over and I ended up with a radically different painting. They paid me in advance and here I show up with a different thing. However I told them what happened and they all agreed it was better than the original idea. I wish I had a picture of that big old thing, but I don’t.
Lesson for the future. Always document your work because you never know when you will need it.