New (Floral) Painting

I've had this gigantic canvas sitting in my studio, then my bedroom, then my basement for several months now. It's been staring at me, pleading for art...but I was dried up. (And I should also add, extremely intimidated by such a large expanse of white canvas!)

Normally, I'm a watercolor artist - it's what I do and know how to do best. I've forced myself to dabble in oil recently, and have had a few successful commissions with acrylic in the past. But paint-conducive-with-canvas isn't my bread and butter.

I'm so pleased that I didn't listen to my doubting self-talk. I jumped in and painted!

When I had made up my mind to make something I still wasn't sure what to create, but realized I just wanted to paint something that felt beautiful. Are flowers overdone? Always. But this is me not caring.

You know I couldn't paint a picture without giving it some sort of symbolic meaning, right? Now that's my bread and butter.

These days, I enjoy painting "prophetically" - that is, hearing from God and using my painting time as worship, like an offering to Him. This time, for this huge canvas, I painted these larger-than-life flowers, because they represent attributes of God.

You've heard of the Language of Flowers, right? Way back - think Victorian era, especially - flowers could send entire messages, with such specificity that the colors in the individual variety could have a different meaning. I sat and listened, and also looked up some flowers and their meanings, and chose the following to adorn the canvas:

Anemone - anticipation - "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12

Marigolds - jealousy - "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God." Deuteronomy 4:24

Bittersweet - truth / honesty - "Behold, you desire truth in the inmost being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart." Psalm 51:6

Honeysuckle - everlasting love - "The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." Jeremiah 31:3

Olive branch - peace / the Holy Spirit - "But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:26-27

What a joy to paint this! It flowed out over the course of 3 evenings. It now lives in my bedroom. It might migrate down to the kitchen, though, so I can admire it more often and remember how magnificent God is - the Creator of all, who gives gifts generously, and is always good.

Marni Manning - Artist

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