Just started on my newest painting, The Treasure at the Top. My new love affair with the koi fish is still as strong as ever, and I hadn’t painted a picture of these big, beautiful, vibrant carp in a little while.
The title will make more sense as I complete more of this painting. Trust me!
“Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty.”
In case you couldn’t tell, this right here is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Religious art doesn’t have to be boring and sappy. In fact, I find that the Bible makes for great inspiration for surrealist paintings.
Back in college, I visited Ocmulgee National Park, a state park in Macon, GA. That was for a Biology field trip, where we photographed the native flora and fauna in the area. Place was so gorgeous in Autumn that I couldn’t help but be inspired by it!
But, of course, this isn’t Ocmulgee. This is a mystical forest where the vernal equinox (spring) and the autumnal equinox (fall) meet.
A few years ago, I went on a family trip to Savannah, GA. Very beautiful tourist city, with tons of seafood restaurants, historic districts, and more.
But, one place in particular stood out to me, and that was the Oaks at Wilmington Island. An apartment complex on one of Savannah’s islands, The Oaks has a gorgeous lake sitting smack dab in the center of the complex. That lake, combined with the clear, blue autumn sky, inspired this painting.
Hopefully, I’ll get to visit this place again sometime soon.