Reflections and Ruminations

During a visit to the Chinese Garden, i was dazzled by the brilliance of the sunlight on the red-white architecture and its reflection on the still lake. To complete the scene, there was a couple enjoying the quietness and beauty of it all.

I love water reflections, sometimes more than the subject itself. There’s a certain ambiguity and a fluidity in a water reflection that seems to make the subject come alive.  Oh, how difficult it is to depict it in a painting, well, at least to me. But i will keep trying…

The reflection in a mirror is so starkly different – it tells it as it is, even if we don’t like the person looking back at us. What’s worse is when we suddenly see what we hadn’t seen before – be it a pimple, a few extra lines or more white hair – and everything appears to be going downhill, physically and literally.

Yet, how often do we stare at the mirror and see a person created by God and loved by God – even when we look old, wrinkled and missing our teeth? Come to think about it – didn’t we look like that when we were born?

It is no wonder we love taking selfies. We can pose, delete, re-pose, delete, touch-up, photo-shop, air-brush and then display for others to see ‘the perfect me’.       By R

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.  2 Cor 3:18  (NASB)


2 thoughts on “Reflections and Ruminations

  1. What a beautiful setting. I could linger a long time there. I lingered at your painting as well. I love the reflections you have captured. I’m amazed that people can show that in art. Seems like quite a challenge to me.


    1. Yes, painting the reflections was the most challenging for me. I would have lingered in the tranquility too if not for the HOT noon-day sun. The bamboos were much larger than what i painted and the couple was seated directly under its wonderful canopy.


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