"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
-Psalm 1:1-3 KJV
I've been working on this painting in my extra time for the past couple of weeks. It was difficult but they usually all are at one point or another. I painted the sky three times and the grass twice. The water - a struggle. If you look at the sky you can see the clouds peeking through from the previous attempt. The only element that came easily in the painting was the tree. That was a relief because the tree is meant to be the focus of the artwork - reflected in the title of the painting, "The Prosperous Man".
The pictures that gather in my imagination when I read the Bible are one of he reasons why I enjoy reading it so much. Inspired by the beginning verses of the Book of Psalm from the Bible, I attempted to convey a picture of the written word King David had been inspired to pen. I added a pathway as a personal reminder to keep walking with Christ.
I delighted in creating this painting. Given all of the recent upheaval and troublesome times, painting is one of the few elements of living that has remained similar for me prior to and since the pandemic. I still take pleasure when feeling the twinge of inspiration spark in my mind. There aren't many comparable satisfactions in life for me as the painting process. Seeing an image come to life by pencil, pen or brush has always given me a sense of fulfillment. I thank God for the gift of creativity often.
This painting as well as my last painting will be available as a free download for non-commercial use here on my website: https://www.theoldmillyard.com/free-images
I hope the paintings are useful and enjoyable. Take care everyone and God bless.