8" x 10" Oil on Canvas:
"Give Us This Day..."
I got the idea to paint this well before Thanksgiving. The title came to mind at the same time. I worked on and off on this painting for weeks and as it seemed I’d done all I could it also seemed incomplete and unfulfilled. It was just a roll on a plate. I then got the idea to add the knife thinking it was just for interest. The very evening I finished the painting I ran across an article explaining something about the line “Give us this day our daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer. The article explained that bread in biblical times was made daily. Always fresh and eaten the same day. I remembered the story of the manna found on the ground each morning by Moses followers and how if they tried to keep some for the next day it would be spoiled. They always had what they needed “fresh” for each day.
In thinking about these ideas the painting took on more meaning for me. It represents the expectation of fresh supply each day. Fresh inspiration, ideas, and whatever is needed for each day. The knife now represents “and more”. The bread and some butter or honey. The basic needs fulfilled and more. A full expression of supply.