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“Christmas Dream Lullaby ”
Triptych, each panel is 11” x 17,”
Colored Pencil on Bristol Vellum
(privately owned, prints available upon request).
This illustrates a Christmas Lullaby, "Walking in the Air," from Great Britain, made popular by Celtic Woman, sung by Chloe. Please enjoy this by listening to it while you view this...available on youtube.
There are three levels of dimensional reality happening in the painting. This is a painting of wonder, and faith in the unseen…
In the foreground the scene is a child’s room, or nursery, in front of a large bay window. The sun is just going down, and the little boy is already asleep. The sun is just going down, and the room is dark with just a night light on. The subdued lighting draws attention to what is going on in thesky. The older sister watches he little brother, and looks out the window, as is their pet cat.
The middle plane, the scene below the window, is the world. Looking out, you can see the setting sun, the moon, and the snow swirls into stars in gusts of waves, that echoes the movements of the comets and planets in their orbits. The snow covered land, mountains,forests, rivers, towns, and finally the ocean, where the giant “Cracken” (octopus) is attacking a sailing ship. The “Cracken” is a symbol of evil in the world, seeking to destroy and consume…
it’s eye is dark and unfeeling, and looking toward the window, a tentacle coming forward…the cat stands as a guardian watching over the children, it’s claws flexed, ready to fight if it comes near.
The third reality is the child’s dream. In the beginning the child is there with his eye’s shut. He is at first reluctant and a little fearful, but then he takes the angel’s hand, who will guide him. Like us, he must crawl, before he can walk. We are like little children when we are learning new things. The angel launches them into space on a journey to the stars. The angel holds out
before her, an olive branch, a symbol of peace reminiscent of the angels who announced at Christ’s birth, “Peace and Goodwill toward all people” and visually echoes the Christmas tree branch in the room. The snow swirls into stars in gusts of waves,that echoes the movements of the comets and planets in their orbits. They surf through the air. As they progress through space, along the way, they make “snow angels” like children do in the snow. The older sister “sees” her little brother, and cannot believe her eyes! She has a deep connection with him, a deep family tie, she feels and sees that there is something happening.
In the third frame the culmination comes as a visual crescendo, with the child, his eyes now open happily skipping
and dancing with joy, safe in the care of the angel, among the stars, victorious over the trouble below.
Influences for this piece are the nebula cloud and star formations in space, the works of William Blake, and Midieval triptych paintings done for churches...
“Emmanuel on the Road to Emmaus”
36” x 48”
Oil on Canvas
This painting is from the story about what happened on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). It is one of many accounts of the appearances of the resurrected Christ. After Jesus had risen from the dead, He came upon two followers of His, who were traveling on the road, Cleopas and his friend, and began conversing with them. They did not recognize him. They were troubled over the recent terrible events that had happened, when Jesus had been crucified. They had heard about the resurrection, but didn't know what to believe. Jesus explained to them what the prophesies and the Scripture had said concerning Himself (although they still did not know who He was). When they got to Emmaus, and to their destination, he went in with them to eat. Jesus broke the bread, and blessed the meal, at which time Cleopas and his friend recognized Him. Jesus then disappeared. I felt like this was a great story to paint, because of the metaphors that could be linked to our lives. We are like the travelers, on the road of life, troubled by many things. Sometimes our path seems sunlit, and easy, and other times dark, and strewn with large boulders. We are prone to despair, like the two friends. Sometimes we are just distracted, looking off into the distance. We are knocked off kilter. His staff is not standing straight, useless for what is needed, like our efforts in the flesh which fall short. Yet, it intersects with Christ's staff, making the symbol of the Cross, showing that it is humanity's part, symbolized by his hand, that sent Jesus Christ to the cross to die for the sin of mankind. At other times we are totally enmeshed in our grief, like the seated figure on the right, his sandal strap is broken. The strap is a symbol of small things, like the proverbial "last straw," that loom as big obstacles to our progress, when we are inundated with too much to carry. His staff is in his lap, totally down. With some rest, and some repair to his sandal, he will be able to continue to Emmaus, to break bread with the Master. We are like these two, who sometimes don't see or feel that Jesus is with us, on the sunlit path, or the rocky way, no matter where we are in our lives. Emmanuel is one of the names of Christ given to us, which means literally "God with us." Jesus is standing in their midst, with His staff pointing to heaven, and looking out at us, the viewer, which brings to mind the words of Christ to the believer, "I will never leave you or forsake you..." (Heb. 13:5), and "These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33), and "...lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world...", (Matt. 28:20).
“No Really, ....I Really Am A Prince”
9” x 12”
$200.00 (Matted and Framed).
This is a take on the fairy tale, "The Frog Prince." The old stories and fairytales still have poignant truths and lessons we can learn from today. I am a great fan of C.S. Lewis, who used old stories and imagery in writing his works, and to encapsulate Christian truths. This frog is an interloper! He is is a poisonous variety from South America. He is out of place, sitting on a Northern Hemisphere (poisonous) Mushroom, and where (dead) oak leaves have fallen. Something is up here! He looks so handsome, so sweet! It reminds me of the verse in Proverbs that says “The net is put in the sight of any bird...” meaning, that there is usually given a warning, right out in “plain sight” for us to see it, if we will look for it. His markings below his eyes, the red strip which is there, lended itself nicely for me to create a mask, which has a little golden crown on it! The message: Don't kiss any frogs!
Acrylic on Canvas, mixed media, 18 x 24 (Privately owned)
It is fascinating to me that prehistoric creatures were so huge in the past. This includes dragonflies, which the fossil record shows had a wingspan from tip to tip of 25 inches! These creatures don't exist in our current world at that fantastic size. What once was real, has become the realm of fantasy. It's beautiful wings shimmer and sparkle in the sunlight. It flies among exotic flowers, and buds which have majestic crowns waving in the breeze. What once was, may give us hope for the amazing in our future. Wonderment!
Mr. Tumnus' Ode to Aslan
Graphite, 18 x 24 (Privately owned)
This drawing is inspired from C.S. Lewis's story of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" It is after the White Witch had turned poor Mr. Tumnus into a statue, and after Aslan had brought him to life again. He is playing a praise song to Aslan. It is a story of redemption, and resurrection. The darkness is fleeing away, in the face of the light. The snow is melting, and the spring is appearing, a time of new hope and beginnings.
”The Door,” 14” x 18,” Graphite, Mixed Media on Paper, $503.25 (Framed).
It is the gate, symbolizing Jesus Christ as the Door, the only way to Salvation. The different parts all have symbolic meaning. The rubbings were done in a library. As Christians, we are people of “The Book,” The Holy Bible. The panel on the left has scenes from towns. The one on the right is country, showing that people from all countries, and all walks of life may come. The rubbing showing the modern typeface of the words men and women show that regardless of sex we are all equal in God’s eyes, “There is neither male nor female...” The part at the top says that we become “Sons” in Christ, heirs of His inheritance. The Sundial lock on the gate, is showing time, that there is both a limit on this side of heaven as to the time we have to accept Him (“Now is the time, Now is the day of Salvation,....Choose you this day who you will serve”), and limitless eternity on the other. The cattle on the top, is reference to the blood of bulls that cannot save, before the advent of Christ on the cross. This is a work on parchment, a symbol for the sacred, with applied papers, including paper towel. The paper towel, besides giving interesting texture, shows the common, earthy existence that Christ came to live, as well as showing the impermanence of this life for us. Indeed the delicate nature of this piece, is symbolic of the seemingly sometimes lackluster, invisible mystery brought about by the “foolishness of preaching,”that we must seek Him and look to in order to find and live.
"The Baptism of Christ, The Beloved Son,"
36" x 48"
oil on canvas
This painting is illustrative of the moment when Jesus is baptized, in Matthew 3:11-4:1, when the heavens open, the Holy Spirit appears, and descends as a dove and says, "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased." There is a cross formed in the clouds, in the center of the sky in the painting. Even as this is happening, the storm clouds are rising, looking to the stormy future that immediately awaits, the time of Christ's wandering alone in the wilderness, fasting for 40 days, and finally going to battle and winning over Satan. Even as God pronounced His Son as the Beloved One, he still underwent hardship, and struggle, just as we do. As he stands in the Jordan, up in the mountain pool, with John the Baptist, his sash comes loose and flows on the current. This symbolizes the path that Jesus will take, after the passage of time, when Jesus Christ would shed His blood for mankind's sin on the cross. The sandals on the rocks in the foreground form a cross, and allude to when John said in Matt. 3:11, that he was "not worthy to pick up His (Jesus') shoes" and Mark 1:7 “There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.” This was John's testimony that Jesus was the Messiah, the Savior, and was thus instructing his followers to follow the Master. John's path in life would be to follow the savior on the rocky way, stopped short by an early death and martyr. Christian Baptism is an sacrament, an ordinance given by Jesus Christ, to His followers. It is a symbol of our sins, or "old life" dying, as we go under the water, it's burial, and our "new life" rising up out of the water, symbolizing our resurrection to new life. It is a signifying, public act that reflects our salvation, and new life as believers, as we follow Christ in the "waters of baptism."