What makes an image strong? To a degree that is a subjective assessment but my goal is to make unique and strong images. I approach the process after being attracted to seeing something that displays a unique graphic relationship. Often that is aided by some sort of lighting effect or containing a unique form. That relationship may be intriguing enough to stand alone without additional elements to render an image on paper using a realistic or surrealistic style. More likely I end up assembling multiple elements because I see the possibility of generating a more intriguing or stronger final image. That final image often retains a strong lighting effect. I prefer the fullest and richest range of the tones that a particular drawing instrument can produce. Both factors play heavily in my images but the overall design determines if an image is successfully strong.
The title for my lithograph is “Wind from the Stars”. It comes from a passage in Robert Falconer by George MacDonald, who was a poet, theologian, mystic, and a great influence on the writings of the Christian apologist, C.S.Lewis. MacDonald is referring to a wind that at first signals the coming of autumn’s cold and winter’s death. However, it becomes a wind that blows from God and ushers one into the house of God for eternity as both a great adventure and as a rest. My lithograph is about a particular place. For many years I was blessed to enjoy this place as it hosted a remarkable multigenerational family presence. Additionally it had a unique setting that offered beautiful light, wonderful views and a particularly refreshing breeze. Several things then changed. The breeze was still invigorating, but now there was also present anxiety, hostility, resentment, loneliness, and even fear. It was as if both good and evil were now simultaneously working there, when before I was only aware of the presence of good. The top part of my lithograph is meant to convey the refreshing good breeze blowing on a fair day. The bottom part of my image transitions into more sinister, foreboding, and evil looking elements. The restorative breeze and the overweighing sinister elements are both present. Such is the war that continues now between good and evil. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (NIV)”. George MacDonald believed that the wind that blows from the stars is from Him who will ultimately win this struggle. My lithograph looks at good and evil, battling in the same place. Its title, “Wind from the Stars”, predicts the winner.
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