The exercise of painting is a constant search for light and I thought about light often while painting “Going for Gold”. Light is what informs the artist when painting or sketching. Without light, the exercise of translating a three-dimensional object or scene into a two-dimensional one would be flat and uninteresting. Painting is also a form of meditation and while painting, these were some of my thoughts.
I thought about Light being associated with daytime, darkness with night
Where would we be with light – darkness would fill our world. The Arctic is inflicted with darkness throughout the day for several months of the year. Even in more southern climes, too many winter days without sun are a cause for complaint. The absence of light for an extended period is known to cause depression and sadness. As humans, we depend on light to normalize our moods and our days.
I thought about Light being associated with happiness.
Another use of the word light is to associate it with a happy personality – as in “he/she lights up my life” or “he/she lit up the room upon entering”. Seemingly, the atmosphere in the room changes when such a person enters. This situation is most certainly true for people when they find love.
I thought about Light being associated with Christianity
Light is a significant and positive notion throughout the Bible. The following verses speak for themselves.
And God said “Let there be Light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:3)
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
And the words of Jesus:
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)
In summary, my meditations on light came to the conclusion that in my life, it is all encompassing, from the act of painting to the act of worship.