How Do You Paint Water?

“This is the question often posed to me” says famed wildlife painter and author Bob White.

“It’s an interesting thing to ponder. In the case of water, one doesn’t actually paint the water. To render the water in this painting, for example, I had to ignore the physicality of water and ‘see’ both the stream bottom, distorted by the motion of the water, and the reflected light of the sky. It’s the dance between these two elements, distortion and reflection, that creates what we ‘see’ when we look at a trout stream from above.”

I think that’s a fitting metaphor for life, especially for men. Because we’re never truly what we see in the mirror.

“Both the stream bottom, distorted by the motion of the water, and the reflected light of the sky” — both are elements over which we have zero control.

For many of us, the turbulent and sometimes violent currents of life can beat us down and nearly suffocate us with fear even though there’s nothing there. It’s simply a foreboding mirage that most often never materializes.

For those of us fortunate enough to see ourselves through the lens of faith and God’s redemption and forgiveness, however, our lives can light up the sky for those around us, and for that ‘great cloud of witnesses’ (whomever they are, wherever they dwell in the unseen world).

Here’s my simple prayer this morning for you, my fellow TrailMaster friends and acquaintances…

God, help us to see — with new eyes — as we look in the mirror and face the day, revealing the “reflected light of the sky.”

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To purchase Bob’s prints and original artwork go to www.bobwhitestudios.com.

Thank you, Mr. White, for the use of your amazing creativity.)

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