This blog describes in a non-linear fashion various aspects of a Christian professor and youth minister who likes epic fantasy. (For the more professional aspects of his journey, click here.)
The blog’s title, Transformed by Love, is a reference primarily to the awesome power of God, who is Love (1 John 4:8), to change a person from the inside out. Secondarily, it also refers to the transforming power of the love given by others — families (natural and spiritual), friends, and students.
One of the blog’s banner photos is of a beautiful 49″x49″ painting, which I get to enjoy every day. (The rest of the banner photos are of the sky, taken from my balcony or window.) The painting is by Tony Nuñez and is done in the pointillist style, developed by Georges Seurat in 1886. Seurat is considered the founder of 19th-century French Neo-Impressionism, whose technique for portraying a pattern using small brushstrokes of pure contrasting colors was called, originally disparagingly, Pointillism.
Update: A few days ago (May 6, 2013), I asked a friend what he thought of or felt about the painting. He said that it evoked feelings of peace and tranquility, as when one sits on a bench in the midst of a beautiful park. I get that feeling, too, but more than that, it also speaks to me of breathtaking mystery, that beyond the lovely trees and foliage lie new things even more wonderful and exciting.
Update (Feb 22, 2016): The painting’s now in the living room of my new house in Nuvali, just 10 kilometers from my new campus. In front of the lovely painting is an area rug that is an abstract wonder of color and texture.