Renewing of the mind
I wanted to contrast the external or outward gaze with the inward hidden transformation. The outward gaze of this person is prodding and thoughtful. Many say they want an authentic experience of the Holy Spirit with no pretense. It has to be real! Maybe it seems sometimes that too many settle for a momentary spiritual feeling with no real lasting transformation. As I painted, the music initially focused on spring rain and light. The painting began with soft flowing blues and greens. The spring rain motif develops with the forest coming alive and anthropomorphically expresses a change. What may be seen to be a transformation of the mind emerges as a tangle of forest interfacing with and echoing the alter ego in dance. Herein is found healing of mind and the identity. Even without physically dancing, our spirit may soar inwardly as we watch someone moving freely in the Spirit. This is that moment of inward release, a genuine inward invitation to the Divine. [Hosea 6:3, Rom. 12:1, 2]As I began painting, the music began with fire imagery, the fire of an impassioned heart. So the colors I laid down were dripping with yellow with frenetic strokes of orange and red dancing like fire. After awhile, the image of an upturned face lost in contemplation appeared with contrastingly dark shadows of purple, brown and blue. I paused to get a photo of the image here, because I knew it would change. The music brought in colors of green and blue and the figure reflected that soothing tone. The figure appears to be unaware of self and lost in the presence of God. The whole process of the painting cycled from the fire of pain and injury through to healing and restoration. This painting has within it the idea of God allowing suffering as a backdrop against which healing occurs. The image renders contentment somewhere in this process… standing in His presence.

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