Surrender (Jonah’s Whale) – mixed media painting
This original 8in x 10in acrylic painting features Jonah about to be swallowed by a giant whale fish in lively shades of aqua and blue with metallic silver dot work and gold accents. The background of this piece is a rich multi-layer exploration of color and texture on heavyweight paper. The imagery from the Old Testament book of Jonah is a lively combination of line work and stippling.
To surrender is to give up our sense of control. It means we are to stop pushing against what we do not like or do not want. Jonah stands to remind us that while giving in is never easy and could even be immensely scary, being willing to trust and let go is the way forward. At times, it may be the only way forward.
This unframed work of art arrives in a clear protective sleeve with certificate of authenticity. Dated and signed by the artist on back of piece.
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The waters swallowed me; the deep abyss was covering over me.
Seaweeds were wrapped around my head, trapping me as I sank down to where the mountains are rooted to the earth.
I went down to the place where death’s gate would lock me in forever.
Yet You lifted me up from the pit. Eternal One, You are my God! — Jonah 2:5-6
Our world is one of enchantment — there is an element which eludes our physical senses yet speaks to our souls. It is the mystery of divine dwelling.
Though life may feel nothing more than a random string of events, to discover meaning woven into such occurrences is to encounter the Divine. The challenge comes in trying to hold onto such findings in the face of reason and science. How does one begin to explain a feeling, a vision, a word or a touch that defies logic?
Many persons have had such experiences, but have hidden them deep inside lest they be deemed foolish for believing such miracles can occur. My work in this series is an exploration of the internal battle raging over the adoption of a new perspective on and understanding of the world.
What is the fusion between sacred order and apparent chaos, between spiritual and physical realms? Can we ever share what cannot be explained without receiving reactions of doubt and skepticism?
ENEMY: Stoke the fire, toss in your mysteries and questions, stories of miracles and angels, visions and dreams…
Give up on your all-things-are-possible God, Christian…
Can you not understand just how disenchanted this world really is?
You are a fool…and no one will believe you…
What say you, Christian?
This painting is part of the series, The Battle of Enchantment — an ongoing exploration of some of my personal beliefs around the existence of a spiritual realm, the angels that occupy this space and the divine interaction between it and our world. Each piece begins with color and texture — studies in chaos. I then contemplate and select various images representative of sacred presence and care to balance the randomness of each color study.
The clean lines and stylized forms found in Byzantine and Orthodox Christian art inform my work. I combine these with a technique found in Celtic Christian illumination: to outline/fill the space between forms with tiny red dots — a visual indicator of the life-giving Word. I use a dot pattern to likewise add a sense of life and divine energy to my work.
|Dimensions||8 × 10 in|