24″ x 24″ 2018 Oil and mixed media
“God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference,” Reinhold Neibuhr. I plead for wisdom to know (and accept) what I can and can’t control. It’s very hard for me to be present, I’m usually anxious about the future or worrying about the past. My journey in coming unto Christ includes learning to let go of control. One way I let go of control is through making this messy art using my left hand and no paint brushes.
About the messy Jesus paintings.
Where is Jesus in this mess? Touch and see for yourself. I am right handed and have always thought of my left hand as a mostly useless appendage as far as art making is concerned. These paintings are all created using my left hand, no paint brushes, and no planning. When I’m feeling overwhelmed I create a big mess of paint using my fingers. Then I remove paint using my hands and tools to reveal the face of Christ I see in the mess. I have found Him in my mess over 200 times so far. I believe God is present in every mess. Can you find Jesus in your mess?