Nourished to Flourish


And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree.’ Romans 11: 16, 17

Painting this piece, I had an overwhelming sense of sweetness, such is the Lord’s delight in you!

As I painted the ‘grafting in’ of a new branch into an established tree, my impressions were of the required steps for grafting. Firstly, the tree that receives the graft is cut deeply and cleanly into the heartwood to provide for the graft. This signifies Christ’s wounding for your new life. Secondly, the piece to be grafted must be completely removed from its old support system. If the new branch tries to stay connected with the old tree while grafting, it will wither and die. It must receive its nourishment solely from the established tree. And finally, for the new graft to be successful, there must be a clean, tight connection to the life-force of the tree.

As I continued to paint I sensed an ease and a peace. The blossoms of the new branch increased easily. The new growth was without effort. There was no striving, no strain or struggle. Then suddenly in the stillness, in a place of gratitude and sanctuary, I “saw” seed falling. In the sweet fragrance, the flowers released their seed. They fell on fertile ground, and the harvest sprung up quickly and easily. In the painting, there are 8 stalks of wheat under the graft. Eight is the number for ‘new beginnings’.

I sense the Lord is speaking to you about waiting on Him to fulfil His plans. To wait means to abide easily and naturally for the progression from grafting to harvest. Your only responsibility is to maintain the clean, strong graft connection. Abide in His nourishment. As you give God the praise, and give God the glory, He makes the garden flourish. He gives the increase. This is His promise. No comparisons, no second-guessing, no contentions, no burden of false responsibility. Just abide.

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Giclee Reproductions are printed with a 3cm white border.

‘Nourished to Flourish’ has been selected from the book 40 Days hath November to be reproduced as Giclee prints. Technically speaking, our prints are not prints at all, not in the common use of the term, but are fine art reproductions of original works. The quality is so high that it is difficult to tell between the reproduction and the original. Giclee Reproductions are premium high-resolution digital images produced on museum quality, Canson 300-320gsm Cotton Rag (fine cotton fibres woven into a paper-like product) printed with archival Canon Lucia EX 12-colour pigment high-performance inks. Canon Lucia EX pigment inks achieve an “under glass” permanence of 95 years for colour images.

Giclee can be confusing, as many may incorrectly assume that all digital printing is equal. Essentially Giclee (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’) is an invented name from the French word ‘le gicleur’ meaning ‘to squirt’. Originally coined in 1991 to distinguish between common digital prints and the highest quality form of art reproductions using wide-format inkjet printing technology. In 30 years, this technology has advanced enormously, giving an even wider distinction between Giclee reproductions and digital prints. However, we still use the word ‘print’ so that we are easily understood.

Fine Art Giclee Reproductions should be framed behind glass, using a matte to separate them from the glass. Consult your local framer for the best way to frame your reproduction and ensure your artwork still looks amazing for 3 – 4 generations.

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20 x 27cm, 30 x 40cm