Hot metal cooking grass seeds wafted through the window of the Ford Fiesta on a red shale ribbon candy road drive searching out vistas…viva la Powder River breaks. Rooster tail plumes of dust hang in the air behind us, hanging in the still evening air.
Cooked grass seed evokes cool morning breakfasts of heat stoking Cream of Wheat before one tromped out to build fox and goose trails in the snow; or scratching a horse in the hoar frost on my bedroom window, best horse I ever drew. I did not open the door of the bedroom for a long time, knowing the heat from the living room would melt him.
My finger nail scratching through the crystalline finish …just enough warmth from the finger to make a fine line….not a shattered scratchy rip. Horsepower rippled through the icy window pane as I blew on the glass just above his withers to flesh out his mane to match his flowing tail. Had the room stayed frosty he’d of pranced into the room, bumping into bunk beds, slipping on the rug. Unfortunately ice horses did not fill my bedroom or I’d be very rich today-looking for pasture for dapples and bays, roans and paints, sorrels and grays…all the pretty little horses.
Children know all about the mystery of drawing. Drawing ….in fact all the arts, should be taught . It they are a language that emphasizes equally mystery and utility. Art is considered expendables, even suspect, these days; yet we are saturated with images in media. The same muscle in the brain that is used for reading is developed whilst one draws. Just as the muscles used for crawling develop hemispheres in the brain, an ability to understand implied and explicit space, shapes, sound, colors, and dimensions is developed with art. Since the visual is used to manipulate us, for us to learn early on how to manipulate the visual – wouldn’t we be a wise nation should we encourage our little artists to be competent in this power language? It is an intoxicating thought that we could be less susceptible to the power of the image.
God told Moses that He would dwell amongst the people and they would know Him as their God, He gives him the plans for the tabernacle, the anointing oil and incense…and how to handle it ; He then introduces Moses to the first anointed artist who knew how to manipulate the visual.
Bezalel (under the shadow of God), who God filled with His Spirit in wisdom and understanding and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works, to work in gold and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones, to set them and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And behold, I have appointed with him Aholiab (dwelling place) of the tribe of Dan; and to all who are wisehearted I have given wisdom and ability to make all I have commanded you:
The Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony, the mercy seat that is on it, all the furnishing of the tent—the table and his furniture, the pure candlestick with all his furniture, the altar of incese, and the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, and the clothes of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests.
The anointing oil, and incense of sweet spices for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you shall they do.
As temples of the Holy Ghost shouldn’t we know how to manipulate the visual?