Monday, February 16, 2009

a plug, a brag, and a kick

The Plug:

Matthew Whitney is a Seattle-based Christian artist who painted the image above, along with many other amazing works that you should definitely go look at right now on his website. Go ahead, I'll wait. [Twiddling thumbs and looking at ceiling...] Good stuff, right? He is creating four new pieces for my church, corresponding to the holy days of the Lenten season (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday). Needless to say, I am stoked.

The Brag:

The original painting pictured above is in my kitchen. It makes me happy. My friend Kelley got it for me as an early birthday present. She spoils me.

The Kick:

For some reason, I have an obsession with trees lately. I'm on a tree kick. First it was the cherry tree in our front yard. Then I got the tree painting. Then I read Psalm 52 and couldn't stop thinking about olive trees. I even asked Matt if he knew what kind of tree it was in the painting, and was thrilled to find out that he did not know, so I am free to believe it is an olive tree.

I guess if you're going to be obsessed with anything in this city, trees are a good choice.


Deborah said...

Wait. So a nuclear bomb going off in your kitchen makes you happy?

Haley Ballast said...

If this painting were in YOUR house, you'd see it as a nuclear bomb going off and it probably WOULD make you happy - depending of course on where said bomb was detonated. But since it is in MY house... it is an olive tree!! and yes, it makes me happy. :)

Deborah said...

Now why would I be happy about a nuclear bomb? You have very very weird ideas about me! I like the romantic and pre-raphaelite (Caspar David Friedrich and John William Waterhouse) painters though, not bombs. And have THIS hanging in my flat. :-)

Oooooooooh! No wonder you were going on about trees. Early morning. Not making connections. Is it the weekend yet?

Haley Ballast said...

i was teasing. that is a beautiful picture. are you awake now??!

Deborah said...

I am very awake now, thanks to your nuclear bomb.

I think that the Isle of Harris is the rainbow island. It just has rainbows everywhere all the time! But isn't gay.

Sabrina said...

I'm reading Swiss Family Robinson right now, and they mention the word ballast quite often. It dawned on me that somehow I never put it together, the menaing of your last name. How neat, considering your Spiritual bent.