Last week I painted for Anina Thomas who works for The Light Project. As well as helping lead the Chester team she heads up The Prodigal Collective, working with recently released prisoners in their community.
She asked if I would paint for the new intake of students starting this September, based on following Jesus.
What really got me with painting this wasthe idea of the slipstream that is created when following Jesus.
Here is the process of the painting over the last 10 days as I’ve grabbed an hour here and there and layered the painting, seeking to portray a view from kneeling or bowing and looking at the feet of Jesus walking ahead. The energy and ‘vortex’ type feel to the painting is simply about the up-draft a disciple can experience when truly following. The large word ‘follow‘ has a cheeky explanation next to it: ‘you will catch people.’
Without the follow aspect of Christianity any hope of seeing others engage with and also ‘get’ what it means to be a christian is lost.
Following brings fruit. Fruitfullness simply cannot be divorced from following.
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, preaching the Good News from God.
He said, “The right time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Change your hearts and lives and believe the Good News!”
When Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the lake because they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them, “Come follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”
So Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him.
Going a little farther, Jesus saw two more brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat, mending their nets. Jesus immediately called them, and they left their father in the boat with the hired workers and followed Jesus.