Category Archives: Being Human

November 12

Holy Ground

This painting is quite small—only 12 inches by 12 inches. The size invites intimacy, I think. Central to the composition is a small kneeling figure hunched over, head touching the ground. Is it someone in distress or someone praying? Often those go together. The room would be quite murky and depressing were it not for […]

November 10

At the Center of It All

When this scene was painted (circa 1510), it was one of the first landscape paintings of this scale ever done. The artist, Patinir, is considered the pioneer of “world landscape” compositions which depicts an imaginary panoramic scene viewed from an elevated viewpoint. This particular painting demonstrates the power of such landscapes. The people involved in […]

November 06

Walking in Another Person’s Shoes

I ran across this quote on a blog by Gehad Gamal and I’m not sure if she wrote it or if it should be attributed to someone else, but it struck me. No human being can be more human than another human being.I liberate you from my ignorance. Have you ever thought of someone as […]

November 06

My Favorite Time of Year

As much as I love the warmth of summer, I also appreciate the nip in the air that comes with autumn. The cold snap we had a couple of weeks ago made me worry we had missed the season of fall, but it returned, and we have been enjoying some beautiful weather lately. This painting, […]

September 25

Who is to Blame?

Perhaps you know the story of Job, shown here with his wife. He was a prosperous and godly man, blessed with wealth and family. Satan questions Job’s dedication to God, claiming that Job only loves God because life is easy. He wants to know would happen if Job faced adversity. God allows Satan to have […]

August 28

Everyone’s a Critic

When I was in Rome last summer, I had the distinct pleasure of taking in Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel. Most people know about the famous ceiling, but this work is just as impressive. It is the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel and depicts the Second Coming of Christ and final judgment by […]

August 23

A Gentle Answer

Not much needs to be said about this painting. It is self-explanatory. I identify with both figures—the one with the arrows in the back and the one with the bow. How about you? I am currently reading a book, A Gentle Answer: Our “Secret Weapon” in an Age of Us Against Them by Scott Sauls. […]

August 16

Loneliness or Solitude?

Elijah, the subject of this painting, was a great prophet in the Old Testament. At one point, he predicts a terrible draught is going to ravage the land. God told Elijah to flee to a stream called Cherith. Lonely and in despair, Elijah did as he was told and waited on the Lord. Ravens delivered […]

August 07

Let Us Rejoice!

Let’s have a little fun. When Italian pastry chef Matteo Stucchi makes his culinary creations, you can bet he has a little fun. His cakes are clever, imaginative, and put a smile on my face (as well as a craving for sweets in my mouth!). I would love to be a fly on the wall […]

August 05

Healing Our Wounds

When I was at an art retreat in Venice last summer (seems like years ago!), I found myself with a couple of unscheduled hours, so I made my way to a museum to do one of my favorite activities: look at art. I came across this painting of the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke […]