When my mom would see something in a store that she really wanted but had some hesitation about buying it, and would go back to it later only to see that it had sold, she would say “How Presbyterian.” Now she was Presbyterian so I’ll just say that first. But I think it was her funny way of saying “It wasn’t meant to be.” Now, you could also use that term when things are meant to be too. There are definitely occasions with my art that definitely fall into this descriptive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Take for example, the first time I had painted a 5 foot tall magnolia blossom. I just knew in my heart it was meant for someone special. Later, at an art show, a very intimidating woman (I would describe her as having a hard exterior. Perhaps carrying a heartache and protecting herself is what I was perceiving that to be.) I asked her, “Would you like to know the story behind this piece?” And she said “Not really. But you’re going to tell me anyway so go ahead.” So I mustered up my courage and trusted that my sincerity would help alleviate the tension. She came back around later and and when she said she wanted to buy it, I was completely shocked! Then I looked her straight in the eye and said “I knew in my heart this was meant for someone special. You must be very special.” And you know what, I don’t know the last time someone reminded her she was special. It may not have meant anything to her. But it could’ve also been something she needed to hear.
So why the honey jar pictured here? I painted my brother-in-law’s honey jar. He is a bee farmer and has shared these jars with us for years. And this painting hadn’t sold. So it felt very Presbyterian to me that he should have it. I had a feeling and it was verified when he happened to drop by yesterday with two jars of honey, and I was able to give him one in return! And I felt a little relief. So very Presbyterian. ⠀⠀⠀
And, in case you haven’t been told in a while please know that YOU are very special!
Prints are now available of the honey painting referenced in this story. They are available in my online shop here.