Sunshine in Wonderland was a 25 cent lucky find at a thrift shop. Inside this book are beautiful vintage black and white photos of people and places in Norway.
I was especially captured by this photo, titled "Reaping Time", by a photographer named Eidem. So much of this picture was inspiring to me: her reaching gesture, the expression on her face, and the light and shadows. There's just something in it that speaks of the labor and fruitfulness, the joys and sorrows of life.
I made a small detail painting in oils from this image. It's a bit rough, but for now I like it that way. I may develop it more sometime in the future. The reach... what am I reaching for? The One who watches over me. Taking hold of that for which God has taken hold of me. Reach - the word we encourage our children by, hoping they will go farther than we ever could, chasing after things of eternal value.
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart". Gal 6:9