As I was cleaning this morning I decided to dust the hanging pictures, paintings and drawings on the walls around the house. As I did I was struck that among them were ones saved over the years of my attempts at learning to draw people. Each of the images had been chosen from a magazine piece or newspaper article dating back to my first attempts in High School. What struck me as interesting were that within these images was the makeup of my kids.
The first was of a little girl featured in a National Geographic article after Russia first opened to Western reporters in the 70's. I was taken by this cute little Russian girl and did it as a study for my art class. Reflected in my family now by my oldest, Amber who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Then there was the little boy from a reprint of an old Life Magazine picture as he focused his attention on his game of marbles. In our family Cameron is just as intent on his computer and Wii games. This picture was also done in High School and I struggled a bit with correct shading and proportions.
This little Asian beauty was also done for that same art class. It wasn't quite complete with all the details as it was supposed to fade on the outside and give emphasis to the details you wanted to feature. Again it was from a National Geographic piece. I'm struck with the character of faith reflected and I definately have in Hannah, my little prayer warrior and the incredible faith she moves in.
Finally, the last piece was taken from a newspaper shot and article done in the 80's of food being destributed to orphans. Even the features of the little girl in the lower left corner remind me of Lauren and since dealing with malnutrition has been such a focus of our returning her to health the irony of this picture wasn't lost on me.
And just as an aside the shadow work of this leaf reminds me as we continually turn over new leaves in our families life and transitions it's an interesting study to look back on where we've been and how far we've come over the years.
It's not that there was any prophetic meaning to these drawings, just that of all the items I drew these are one's that I saved and put up around my walls that have remained after all these years. So as the title says "interesting".