Monday, June 21, 2010

Close up Arabian


Into the Marvelous Light
Acrylic on Canvas
10 x 8, standard depth
Wrapped canvas, all edges painted, no staples show
Display with or without a frame

that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.    1Peter 2:9

 Sometimes we go through dark days when it is hard to see the light. We grieve and we may have very good, valid reasons to grieve, or maybe we aren't even sure why but we feel overcome with sadness and hopelessness.  Sometimes it seems that each day is darker than the one before, and we wonder if we will ever see the light again. And then we begin to wonder if there really is a light at all, or if we have just been fooling ourselves. I have faced more than a few days like that, and I wouldn't be surprised if there have been some in your life also. But eventually there comes a time when I have to make a decision between the darkness and the light. It is not an easy decision, not as easy as it should be.  "Let's see, darkness or light?  Now that is a no-brainer." Or is it? Sometimes I believe it is easier for me to stay in my comfort zone of misery, even when it is no longer so comfortable. When I am wallowing in self-pity, overwhelmed with sadness and despair, paralyzed with the inertia of indecision, it is so much easier for me just to stay there. But all it takes is one move, one very small move - just to turn my face to the Light. That's all,  just turn. I don't have to run or walk, don't even have to lift my feet out of the miry mud. All I have to do is turn. And when that first tiny ray of Light hits me, I turn again, Then I move closer. I walk. I run. I dance. I am free.

This painting has been listed on Art Helping Animals and will appear on Daily Painters on Tuesday,  June 22.  10% of the sale will be donated to True Blue Animal Rescue and 10% to Children's Cup International Relief.

6 comments:

Lee said...

Extraordinary! Soulful eyes! I love horses...I think He does too.
Della, sometimes I think I am in the dark until I look at others lives and I realize I am walking in Sonshine!
Beautiful post!
Lee

Pierro said...

I agree completely with Lee.
In life we get so wrapped up in our own situation we forget that others are far worse off.
we are strong and we can actually push away darkness and disappointments, others cannot.
Some are truly suffering

this is a lovely painting, horses are amazing creatures. You capture them well.

bonkbonk for a happy week

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You know what I absolutely love about you? You are not only an EXTRAORDINARILY TALENTED artist, but you are an exceptional writer...and you make me think! This really touches my heart!! Love the eyes...love your thoughts...I've been there. Thank you! Love you much! Janine XOXO

dellartist said...

Thanks so much - for the kind words and for understanding! Love you.

Graceful Moments said...

I have walked in that darkness, you so eloquently described. I still have my moments but just as you do, I turn toward the light and grow closer to Him. Thank you for sharing this. It reminded me how far I have come from that deep, dark pit of depression and misery and I never want to travel there again. If I do, I'll not stay long.

Your paintings are so amazing. What a wonderful gift you have been given and how beautifully you use it. Blessings...
Vicki

dellartist said...

Thank you so much Vicki! You are so right, that dark place is not somewhere I want to stay either.