Close your eyes and envision paradise. Maybe you see a majestic mountain or a vibrant sunset. As for me, I see a plethora of palm trees surrounding a glimmering sea. It’s a shame Adam and Eve had to ruin it all, but despite many centuries of man’s depravity, God has left us with a taste of that former paradise. Some days, natural disasters or humankind destroy it, leaving us with ugliness. Other days, like in the bleakness of winter, paradise seems to go into hiding.
So I decided to break out my acrylics and paint something that will remind people of God’s beauties all year long—during hurricanes or winter storms—and His promise of the paradise to come.
However, that’s not the only reason I decided to paint this. Hibiscus and plumerias are my favorite flowers. For a while, I couldn’t decide which one I liked most. But one day I learned that the plumeria’s five petals symbolize sincerity, faith, devotion, aspiration, and surrender. Now, every time I see one, it reminds me to practice those attributes for God’s glory.
Mariposa Aristeo is a self-taught artist and aspiring children’s author who captures the glories of God’s creation on paper. She is a graphic designer and the Instagram manager here at Story Embers and desires to encourage other storytellers in crafting novels that ignite the imagination and warm the heart.
If you ask her what her favorite things are, she would probably say nothing, since she scores a staggering 88 percent on introversion. However, if you ask her to write about it, she’ll give a five-page treatise on palm trees, chocolate-covered pineapple, and plumerias. Her favorite pastimes include card-making, baking, hiding Easter eggs in her art, exploring Disney World, burning spiders at the stake, perusing the works of John MacArthur and Charles Spurgeon, and reading every dinosaur book she can get her hands on. Her assistant, Aberdeen the Authorosaurus (an ink-drinking, book-eating dinosaur), helps supply her with ideas, taste-test her pages, and get her back to writing by threatening to sit on her. If you want to read about his exploits in her office, writerly dinosaurian advice, or nonsensical sense, please visit: DinosDigest.com.