Have you ever seen a piece of art that makes your heart dance? One that makes your life have more meaning, and brings emotions up that you have never felt.
@scottthepainter made his own rendition (black and white) of a well-known drawing by Sister Grace Remington (yellow background). When I saw Scott the Painter's rendition I was in shock. I was blessed that my friend @grantwcollins shared it and opened my world.
That one post by Grant caused a wave of encouragement. One friend bought Sister Grace’s print. Next, she, in turn, bought one for a friend. Then, that friend bought one for me. And the chain continues years later with me. Eventually, I purchased one for @krissycollins who is Grant’s wife.
It has been a fantastic cycle! However, I was frustrated. Even though it is a beautiful piece of art, it did not reflect some of my best friends. I didn't want to buy @patricia_a_taylor a print and say without a word, ”Conform to the broken, white church once again.”
I spent time asking God what to do and how to do it. Then, this past Tuesday morning, I woke up with an urgency in my heart to create Patty her version. A version that shows the colors God created and a reflection of my beautiful friend.
This rendition is what I truly believe Eve looked like. I have read, I have pondered, and I’ve prayed. Mary needed to look like the line of beautiful women that she was a part of. I declared, ”No more whitewashing,” as I drew.
The moment I knew that I was doing something of great purpose was when my son came to watch. His innocent comment, ”She's the wrong color,” fueled me. He, at four, had only ever seen my original print. He has no other filter to think that the image is inaccurate. At four years old, he thought that the original was a fact because that is all he has seen.
My son's storybook Bible has been unused since the moment it came in the mail because each image was white. I had already recognized the issue, but it hadn't fully sunk in. I don't want him to think that's what everyone looks like. I don't ever want my son, born into privilege because of his skin color, to ever think, ”white is right.”
My son and I talked, and I explained to him what I was doing and why. His response was, ”Okay, it looks good,” and he walked off.
That brief moment has lit a fire in my heart. Where else has whitewashed, church imagery, done us wrong?
I want my son to see each person as they are and accept them. To see the beauty of every shape and every skin tone. I pray that having this new rendition on our wall will remind him, God is the creator of color.
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