A Sucker's Prayer started as a simple attempt to practise drawing hands. I never imagined for it to grow into a piece that represented so much to me. I chose to draw old hands with a lot of texture, and as I made progress I realized they reminded me of my grandfather, father and uncles. Realism is important to me because as an artist I am called to be honest, and obey what my eyes see. Despite the trial of patience that it requires, I am loyal to realism. It would be dishonest for me not to draw every scar, callous and wrinkle on the hands of a working man as they tell his testimony.
This piece fits into the contest topic when we reference Ephesians 6:18-20 regarding prayer. The hands, though weathered and tough, still manage to fold in prayer. It symbolizes a man who has worked all his life and despite his many failures, sins and trials he still comes back to his faith. Whether he is caught in a moment of prayer due to desperation, loneliness, exhaustion or simply not knowing what to do, we don't know. But as fellow Christians, should we care why? Or should we simply rejoice in that fact that a man is seeking the Lord? No matter what the hands have gone through and the times they have not acted as the hands of Christ, there is a redemption and a mercy extended upon them. The name of this piece, "A Sucker's Prayer" is because when a person has hit their rock bottom and feels like a sucker, or loser, there is nothing left to do but fold your hands and cry out to a God that cares. Faith and dependency on God are illustrated through the action of prayer.
All artwork was done by Amy.
Reference photos were a collage of many different photos and real life studies.
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