When I met Karen, not her real name, she was pregnant. I asked if I could paint her and her baby after birth. But the day she came for a photo shoot, baby was not happy. Often, we tuck bad days into the background pretending they don’t exist. Or we discard things like an unwanted pregnancy. If Karen’s little one hadn’t been so cranky, I would have never recorded the intimacy displayed in this portrait. And aren’t we all cranky at times? But that is when I get the best shots.
This is a story about God’s view of children. Psalm 127:3 states, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” In fact, He was grieved at His disciple’s actions of forbidding children to bother Him. He said in Mark 10:14, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Most of the time I begin a portrait by going right into fine detail. But this time I decided to try a monotone using burnt umber combined with titanium white. Then I did color glazes over the top. I like the vivid effect of glazes and will continue using this technique combined with the realism I do now. My work is about God’s goodness and how His plan gives mankind hope. Though motherhood is tuff work, it is a legacy for our future. Our children are our future. Every person is a unique creation; from the womb to the grave God has an incredible future for each one. Karen is a beautiful mother who today dedicates her life to the little ones God placed in her care.