| 15 May, 2015 17:45
Once in a whlle, the inspiration for a painting occurs backwards! Usually, I hear about tropical vistas and visit these places around Florida to sketch, paint and photograph beautiful scenery. People tell me about lovely Old Florida areas that i should capture on canvas. So usually, the word descriptions come first, then the visit, and then the final painting. However, I had the unusual spiritual experience of having a vision of a final painting come to me first! It captivated my mind! A few days later, words were given to me to go with the vision..."And the leaves on the tree are for the healing of the nations." I knew those words but had to find them. And I did find them in Revelation 22:2 in the Bible. Then I remembered a beautiful old oak tree in downtown Orlando in an area called Constitution Green and took pictures of that oak. And waited. And waited. I felt like I had to paint this vision, but wondered why was this motivation so intense. Then a call came from the Ronald McDonald House asking me to be one of the 12 artists for the new house being built next to the Nemours Children's Hospital in the Medical City Lake Nona area of Orlando. The director told me that the painting had to be one of healing! I then told her my vision. We both celebrated how their plans and my vision of this painting came together! Now I have met with the other artists, the Nemours staff, the Ronald McDonald staff, and the interior designer. Each artist will be paired with a corporate sponsor for a specific room of the house. We will work together to bring a loving place of healing for sick children and their families. This speaks to the heart of every parent. And this makes an exciting art journey! As I view the beautiful live oaks around Central Florida, I remember the verse, "The leaves on the tree are for the healng of the nations". May it be so!