The Story behind my "Wind" Series
In my spiritual life, it seems God brings certain images or words for me to focus on for a season. This summer the two words were Surrender and Wind. At first glance, "wind" seems totally unspiritual, right?! I spent weeks this summer sketching and painting designs representing the wind and scouring the Bible for wind references. Did you know that the original word used for "spirit" in the Bible can be translated as wind, breeze, or breath? At creation, God breathed life into Adam. The breath of life creates. At the Red Sea, God used the wind to make a path where there had been no path. The wind makes a way. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit rushed in on a great wind. The wind ignites the soul. Jesus talks about the wind separating the wheat kernels from the chaff. The wind purifies. I'm in awe of the wind...tornadoes, hurricanes, the power in windmills, the carving of wind erosion, the power to push ships across oceans. In this series, I took these ideas and played with line and color and movement, all the while keeping this spiritual parallel on my mind. Some of the paintings seem more peaceful while others are much more whipped by the wind. These paintings just happened to be on vintage sheet music. There was no forethought to that, but it is ironic since the wind is also what powers many instruments with the human breath...a joining together of the beauty of music, breath, and now paint!
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Hi, I'm Maggie. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and join me in my journey with paint. You'll get a chance to know the backstories of my paintings and observe the techniques I use as well as hear my musings about life and nature and art. I hope you leave here refreshed!