Part 1: Planning, Prep and Polish
Sometimes a picture pops into your head, right out of the blue. Maybe it’s an object, or a scene, or an abstract thought, rather than an actual image. As an artist, this can happen to me multiple times, and on a daily basis. Some ideas rate jotting down, others you just let slip back into the ether.
In the fall of 2009, the image of a big tree, with enormous roots, and lush green leaves suddenly appeared in my head. It had deeply grooved bark, and immediately I thought, “how amazing would a big ol’ tree like that look with a symbol carved in it?” Then one after the other, the ideas came: Tree of Life, alive, green and growing, with roots spreading out to anchor it to the ground and branches that form a canopy over God’s people, and the symbol of the Messiah (Jesus), who is the Tree of Life…and it just continued on from there. Continue reading