Occasionally my abilities as an artist are put to use in other areas. I have been working on a mural for our church’s Vacation Bible School program. The theme of the event is “Olympion” and the organizers want a canvas with a large stadium on it. Here I am putting the spectators in the stands.
Working this large has been a challenge for me. Although the mural will hang in the front of the church, I have had to work on it while it is on the floor. Getting the perspective right has been a process of 1) draw the line, 2)step back as far as I can and still see the line, and 3) gauge if it looks okay. Erase and redraw. Repeat. After the drawing was complete, laying in the color just took a lot of time on my knees. I’ve also walked in and kneeled on the wet paint, tracking it over other portions. But unlike watercolor, latex paint is opaque and I can cover over the mistakes.
As I worked today, I was continually reminded of the verse from Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”