Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Thoughts About Shadows

 I am so glad you came back. I told you I was going to
paint my answer to the question,
"What does the shadow concept mean to you personally?"
First, darkness and shadow are not the same!
Darkness is the absence of light-Carlsbad Caverns.
Darkness does not force the light out but just the
opposite. Light dispels or forces the darkness out.

Shadows only exist where there is LIGHT and SUBSTANCE.
Invisible doesn't make a shadow.

 So here we go. I painted this sweet little pear. 
Nice shape but flat as a pancake. 
"The earth was void and without form, and darkness was over
the surface of the deep..." Gen. 1:2 (no presence of light)

I added a soft little shadow on the left side of the pear.
As a artist, determining the light source or direction is
important to know where the shadow will fall.
"...and the Spirit of God was hovered (overshadowing)
over the waters." Gen1:2

 To increase the feeling of shape, more shadow was added.
Just a little note- I used purple (not black) for my shadow.
Purple is a royal color.
Ex 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a 
pillar of cloud to guide them on their way.
He made a shade or shadow for them in the heat of the desert.

Shadow and light go together!!! 
You can't have one without the other!

Just a little note. 
Gen 1:3 "God said 'Let there be light' and there was light"
Then in verse 16 And God made two great lights; 
the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: 
he made the stars also.
 17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to 
give light upon the earth,
 18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the 
light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
  19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Did you see it? Day one -He created the light 
but it was several days later when He created the sun and moon.
He is the light!

I lifted a couple of light areas on the right side 
or light side of the pear. But, notice in the picture above,
the pear is floating. What is needed to anchor it?

 Ta!Dah! You're right!!! A shadow.
The shadow is the shape of the pear. Even in the images
above, the first shadows follow the shape of the pear.

The last step - stronger shadow closer to the pear
and brighter light on the light side.

I have also thought about my children while contemplating
"shadow". When they were little, all 3 of my sons were
like my shadows. They were close and right by my feet.
They wanted to see what I was doing, help with what
I was doing, or maybe they just wanted to be where I was.
I want to be that way with my Heavenly Father.
 I want to LIVE in HIS SHADOW!

My friend and fellow blogger Renee has
a great post about Psalm 91.
If you have a minute, check out "If Then".


  1. This is awesome girlfriend - watercolor is good too! And thanks for the note about my blog!

  2. I love this! Jackie told me how great this is and she is right. Loved seeing it come to life through your amazing talent.

  3. Thanks for adding me to the Psalms 91 Warrior Women. I'm in process of "catching up" and what a blessed time I'm having. I always enjoy your God-given ability to bring such "light" to words and now I find "shadow". Thanks for sharing your insights so beautifully.


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