Painting Facebook Photos 9

"The Shalom of Grace" watercolor

Her name is Grace. She is an orphan living in Kenya with Kate and Johnny who host an orphan home. There are also fourteen other children. Kate told me some of her story:

“We rescued her from an orphanage that made her work as a ‘maid’ for the home. She didn’t go to school and spent her days washing and cleaning for the other kids in the home. She was often beaten and just wanted out. Before going to that orphanage, her mother would leave her outside, not feed her, and beat her. So when she was six, a good Samaritan took her away from her crazy mother and put her in that orphanage.”

“Shalom” is a Hebrew word and although I don’t know many words in that language, this word is very special. In English we have words with many meanings, but this word has depth of meaning. From what I’ve learned, it means peace, but also restoration, wholeness, completeness, quietness, to be safe. But the incredible thing is that it also means the process and movement toward restoration, wholeness and completeness.

I called this piece “The Shalom of Grace” because she is at peace and safe in the love of her new family and she is in the process of restoration and wholeness. Here is a photo of Grace with her family, a picture of shalom.

Only one more painting left in this series. I still haven’t decided on which photograph I’ll choose. There were so very many wonderful images of my Facebook friends. Your comments on this blog and in person have been so encouraging. Thank you so very, very much.



20 thoughts on “Painting Facebook Photos 9

  1. I have so enjoyed this series Suzie. I hate to see it come to an end. You’ve inspired me. And I just love how you’ve told a story about each one… especially this one. Shalom to you, dear friend.

  2. I love your rich, jewel-tone colors and the opposing diagonals in the composition . This is a magnificent piece to start my day with. Thank you!

  3. Oh, thank you, Sylvia! This series has been a challenge. When I started, I didn’t think it would be so much fun or so much work. It has been tremendous to have so much encouragement. One more to go!

  4. Thank you, Helen! Paintings as well as photographs can tell such sensitive stories, can’t they? I feel as if I know you because of your lovely images.

  5. Thank you, Kristy! Lots of times I’ll change the colors of a person’s clothes, but the rich red against the green was perfect. Thank you for your kind, encouraging words!

  6. Oh, Nancy, thank you! There were times in painting “Grace” when she looked scared. It’s all in the eyes and mouth. Amazing how much emotion we carry there. Thank you for cheering me on!

  7. This is beautiful Suzie and has so much love into it. I don’t do wc at all so certainly admire anyone that does. Think Strathmore will help me ? Maybe. xo

  8. Stunning! I adore African skin tones, the way the light dances on them. This painting touches my heart. 🙂

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