Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?...And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin...Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?...But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
“While Mormonism was very young in England, Margaretta Unwin, a girl of about 19 years...was one of the earliest to receive the Gospel in Nottingham....She was hardly a full fledged member of the church until the idea forced itself upon her that she should gather with the body of the church. Daily growing within her was the wish to enjoy the advantages, of the close association with the church and the prophets of the Lord in Zion....It is believed by Margaretta's descendants that the treasures in her travel trunk and hope chest—which she selflessly cast away to lighten the load of the handcart—were all the trimmings of a typical Victorian bridal trousseau, and evidence that she hoped to be prepared to look her best in the society of her beloved Zion. Nevertheless, her sacrificing of these treasures and her faithfulness in the legendary travails associated with the very mention of "the Martin Handcart Company" clothed her with those qualities of character fit for the Kingdom of God.
[She labored] eight years of almost penurious saving to accumulate money for a ship passage over the Atlantic ocean, for railroad fare to Iowa City, Iowa...[and] for the expenses of a thirteen hundred mile walk out into the almost unknown west.
In her eight years of financial struggle we are now willing to overlook her error in preparing to look nice when she should arrive in this great wilderness waste. We can afford to take into account the shock which Mother's sensitive nature received as piece by piece her hope chest and her wardrobe, probably quite ample and of course entirely suitable to the requirements of an attractive handsome girl in an English city of five hundred thousand, were left by the roadside to lighten the load.”
(From Willard Call, Life Sketch of Margaretta Unwin Clark Call, undated, 5 pp. Punctuation and spelling have been standardized.)
By Elspeth C. Young
the story in this painting
the creation of this paintingOriginal artworks produced by the Artists of Al Young Studios are part of themed collections because the Studios is organized after the pattern of the Renaissance workshops of the old masters. The Artists take the long view of their work as being a lifetime journey toward mastery of artistic expression through selected techniques, reaching as far back as the 16th century. Artists work as peers in an intensely creative community in which each artist pursues his or her own work as part of the group's philosophy... Read more »
By Elspeth C. Young If God So Clothe The Field (Margaretta Unwin Clark) was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.
Dimensions (unframed width x height)
86 in. x 47 in.
Research commences - May 2016
Painting commences - August 2016
Painting completed - March 2016
Creating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself. This painting project necessitated the following activities in terms of tools, supplies, and operations... Read more »
By Al R. Young This blank-book journal sells for $32 (plus shipping) direct from Al Young Studios. Printed in full color on heavy paper, the book is bound with black plastic spiral to rest flat when open.
In Their Footsteps: A Personal Journal features 29 original artworks consisting of 18 original oil paintings from the Artists of Al Young Studios, 2 images from the Studios' Limited Editions Collection, four artworks from Ashton' private portfolio, and five pencil drawings from Al's private portfolio... Read more »
By Al R. Young If God So Clothe The Field is the newest oil painting to be added to the line of original artworks from Al Young Studios.
Click here to see a larger image of the new painting, read the artist's commentary, and look at the selection of prints--if any are available.... Read more »
By Al R. Young
We have framed our own artworks for more than 25 years, and during that time we have provided a variety of framing services to patrons upon request. For various reasons--including constant change in the availability of moulding styles--we cannot offer off-the-shelf framing options or response times typically associated with such a service. Of necessity, all of our framing projects are custom projects that are priced, completed, and billed accordingly. For example, inasmuch as the Studios does not maintain a selection of off-the-shelf moulding options, moulding styles actually available at the time of a request for information about framing options must be researched... Read more »