Friday, March 13, 2009

God's Holiness

This piece was done a while back, after reading about Isaiah's vision of God on His throne, from Isaiah, chapter 6. How does one portray God's holiness and splendor in a picture? Impossible.

Yet something in me still wanted to worship Him by trying, in a feeble attempt, to depict it. So, while making paste papers one day, I began with the gold swirls in the center—emanating out with what I wish could be infinite rings—as a representation of that holiness. Then from the description of His throne in Revelation, ch. 4, I added colors that would represent the rainbow around the throne.

Later, I added the text from Psalm 96:9. Doing the word "Splendor" in gold, along with the gold embellishments on the other words, was again my way of depicting holiness.

3 comments:

Jo Miller said...

What a great piece! Love the brightness and layout.

Michelle said...

I love the way this looks like a never ending funnel... (at least to me it does!) which in a sense encapsulates the unsearchable depths of the holiness of God...

Julie said...

Yes! Just another layer of meaning in this piece! And one I wasn't thinking of when I made that shape. How great is it that God can use an artist's (or anyone's, for that matter) gift to portray an aspect of who He is and then speak to the viewers about Himself in more ways than the artist could ever have imagined.

Takes a lot of pressure off of us, doesn't it? Just do what He puts on our hearts to do, then let Him handle the rest.