My father was a Methodist minister. I hated the guy for years. But that’s another story. Anyways, when I saw this card in the window of the card shop, I had to send it to him for Father’s Day. It was appropriate for several reason. Because he was a minister. And because he used to paint versions of this painting back when I was a kid.
Generally I found my father’s preaching pretty dull. But he did develop one good schtick. Before he was a preacher he’d been a commercial artist. So he had artistic skills. So he used to put on these special church services called “Chalk Talks.” He’d be up there on stage by the pulpit with his easel. And during the course of the hour-long service he would do a chalk drawing of a Biblical scene. He had it timed so that he’d have the chalk drawing finished just as the service was coming to a close. And while he was painting, different people would get up there and read Biblical passages or give testimonials, and musicians would play songs, and the choir would sing. So it was a pretty varied show. And it was kind of fascinating for average people to see a piece of art being created right before their eyes.
Then, after he finished the chalk drawing, the lights would go out. The church would go completely dark. And then my Dad would start turning on different lights attached to his easel. He painted the picture with fluorescent-colored chalk. So the picture would change before people’s eyes as the different day-glo colors popped up. Then for the grand finale, my Dad would utter a few solemn and profound profundities (ha ha). And then the lights would go on and the crowd would go wild. Followed by backstage scenes of groupies, drugs and debauchery (kidding).
But all and all, it was a pretty effective bit of show biz. And different churches in the area would hire my Dad to do the gig at their churches.
So anyways, Happy Father’s Day to the all the Fathers out there!