I have not done anything more on the Flying Fortress painting, because it took longer than one day to dry. I checked, this morning, and it is just now getting dry. So, I will work on it tomorrow.
Today, I would like to answer the question: Why am I an artist? I have been thinking about it and I made a short list, but as I started putting it all together it grew.
I have always wanted to be an artist, but it was not until after the Lord changed my heart and I became His servant that I was able to articulate it at all. It was not until I became a Christian that I was even able to understand art. For myself, here is why I am an artist: Because human beings are created in the image of God, I am fascinated with human faces, especially the eyes, which are the windows of the soul. In this fallen world, filled with sin and evil, that image is very dim and difficult to find. It is still there, though, and I want to have some small part, with God's help, in restoring it, thereby possibly glorifying Him. A portrait can also be an encouragement and a comfort to people, whether it is of them or a loved one.
As far as my attempts at abstract art, I love the beauty of colors and their interactions. There are rules of art that apply to abstracts, also, and I need to learn how to apply them. I have many nifty ideas and it will be a challenge to apply them to paper or canvas. Yet, even in abstract art, I believe that I can glorify God and enjoy Him and that is why I am an artist.