I have to admit it! I love chocolate. Embarrassingly, I will also admit uttering the words, “heaven on earth” to describe my delight at the taste of fine bittersweet dark chocolate. This admiration is even affecting my painting subject matter! I have just completed this new painting which is titled, Be Mine. Objectively its an image which depicts a box of assorted chocolates wrapped in thin fluted papers and nestled in a foil tray with individual slots for each confection. I enjoyed consuming these “art models” after the photos were completed, but this canvas has also “consumed” me over the past weeks. In the process of the color mixing, layering, and applying paint I had an epiphany that there might be a biblical lesson for me, for you, for us in this image. Subjectively there might be something deeper.
Differently similar... Notice that the candies are all the same in that they are all some sort of chocolate. Yet isn’t it interesting how each of the varieties of candy has its own personality, its own unique shape, color, decoration and flavor. Almost as if each is a portrait. They even take up the space in their wrappers differently, but each one is special, desirable, usable, purposeful. By themselves, they would still be wonderful, but not nearly as exciting or complete as the whole box filled with the assortment.
Whole... The box is made whole with the coming together of the differently similar individual pieces. “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities but in the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Who knew (except Forrest Gump) that a box of chocolates could be a beautiful picture of God’s plan all along—the differently similar coming together for the common good of the whole? Heaven on earth!
Be Mine; 36” x 36” Acrylic on Canvas
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