In this particular piece I used watercolor and brushed in some gold leaf which I had yet to use in my past works. I felt that the artwork needed something to highlight and embellish the name of “God“ as well as the angels wings. Using gold leaf helped reveal some of the symbolism that I wanted to represent and, for me, could not be portrayed by just the use of the watercolor pigment. In making the angels wings I "pulled out" the pigment with a wet brush, which I do a lot in my painting process. I used liquid frisket to save the white lettering.
As humans, much of the ways that we use to understand different concepts are metaphorical; we have trouble putting our thoughts into words, but we can use symbols, parables, and comparisons to drive our points home. In much the same way, Paul’s letter to the Ephesians describes the ‘armor of God’ that is necessary to fight the unseen, yet full-fledged spiritual battle going on in this world today. In my depiction, I wanted to emphasize the unseen. Specifically, the suggestion of wings in the background represent the spiritual forces that, though we cannot see them with our eyes or touch them with our hands, are around us at all times as the battle rages on. The man, garbed in genuine 1st-century Roman armor, is reminiscent of all of us. The armor itself of course symbolizes the tools described to us in Ephesians 6; his sword is drawn and ready for use, as should always be the case with the Word of God. He’s glancing back at the suggestion of the wings, in deference perhaps to the fact that even if he is as prepared as possible with the armor of God, he is nothing without the power of God that is over him.
Original Watercolor-unframed size 17”w x 20”h
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