I can say that this has been the first piece of mine that I am truly happy with and excited about. Overall upon completion, I can truly say that I feel like an Artist and because It is painted to glorify God, I feel as though my talent has been given a purpose. The process in creating this piece began with prayer for guidance, inspiration and discernment of the scripture. I wanted to create something that was different and because a lot of what is spoken in the Bible uses symbolism, I wanted to try my best to bring those elements together and create a powerful piece. I read each scripture verse by verse and meditated on the words and sketched the first thing that came to mind best representing what is spoken in the word. A conceptual sketch, birthed the idea, where I then sketched it again, then painted it in water color- where finally I began to work on the final product on a sheet of rice paper I had purchased before but never painted on. The ideas began to flow and connect almost seamlessly. I truly feel I was guided by the spirit to paint this and I feel blessed to have come across this competition and honored to participate and show my vision.
Ephesians 6:10-20 speaks about the Armour of God, this being a battle of Good and Evil. Although it can be interpretted many different ways, the battle is most definitely Spiritual and this aspect of the battle is what I wanted to portray while being careful to preserve the integrity of the message. I wanted to show this using symbolism. The bible speaks of our hearts being great deceivers so I painted the heart inside the Tree of Life to portray the heart of those in good faith... from this tree, we have Life... I used a cedar tree because not only is it a prized wood and spoken of biblically, it is a strong tree. It isnt weak. Its roots are holding together a broken earth, a fallen world. Where its roots penetrate, there is light. The light represents God, his strength and the grace in which he brings into our lives when we have faith and trust him. The Snake/Serpent represents the evils of this world, wickedness and the devil, himself. The head and tail of the snake is Red like our hearts. I chose red for the snake, one end representing temptation and the other deception and all inbetween. The serpent brings destruction, which is why I show it coming out and through the earth, breaking and cracking where ever it is able. The earth represents the people, the nations- fragile and lukewarm. Wheresoever it is weak, it shall surely crumble away until it is no more. The Light, is our armour, it is our truth and it is our shadow of protection. It holds us together- For where is light, there is no darkness. The Rainbow represents hope, our shield of light, the seal of God and his divine promise to us. It is his Covenant for all of his children. The white dove represents Salvation/Redemption/Righteousness and The Holy Spirit and the 12 stars represent the 12 tribes around the world where the Lord will raise his people up and instill to them, the Holy Spirit and with it shall they be vessels for the Gospel unto spoken unto every nation.
SOLO- Ta Ari Orlando
Type of work: a hand-created copy
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