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A Closer Look

October 26, 2012

“Deserving”

Recently I finished my latest painting called “Deserving”.  It is 36″ in diameter, which is a little larger than I am used to working, but I really enjoyed the challenge.  One challenge in particular for making larger works is increasing your amount of density.  In other words I can’t just assume that I can take design concepts from a smaller painting and blow them up on a larger scale… my RANGE of detail has to become greater.

detail of “Deserving”

In a previous post I mentioned that I would be exploring themes from the book of Isaiah.  This painting is the first in this particular series.  I would like to go into a little more depth, but not TOO much because over-explained artworks can lose their magic.

This painting comes from two different passages in Isaiah – 2:19-21 and 4:5-6.  The first passage describes when God comes to judge Israel because they have turned away from Him.  People will hide in caves from His terror.  I chose to clothe the figures in purple because it is a color of royalty.

When we make ourselves royalty instead of the One who made us, there are always consequences.

In chapter four, after the Babylonian exile, Isaiah describes a canopy that will shelter the “remnant” (those that have remained faithful and ALIVE) even after the judgement and exile – as well as a pillar of fire and smoke at night and a cloud by day that will shelter and guide them.

I am showing these two passages happening in the same painting for two reasons:

1. Because God is not bound by chronological time.

2. Because I wanted to show hope in the midst of darkness.

The figures are reaching out to receive God’s judgement (“consuming fire”) but also His guidance .

I hope the exploration into this painting has made the viewing experience richer for you.  As always, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you have any further questions.

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