Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
"Brookwood Parkway Path"
Oil on Canvas
10" x 8"
This is in the same area as the library path only further around the park. A large hawk sat in the tree top most of time I was painting but I just thought it would look to fake to include him.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
24" x 18" on Sketch Paper
Book 14 Poster 14
A priestly view of Judah's demise
A King's glory
A King's disgrace
The history review marches on. Solomon prepares for and builds a temple and a palace with the riches his father David had stored and the skilled workmen the king of Tyre sent. You can see the timbers being rafted down the river along with all the skilled workers coming and the gifts of fine horses from Egypt and goods from all countries. Solomon's fame was wide spread and the queen of Sheba came to visit him and check out what she had heard. She brought with her many fine gifts. You can see her caravan coming down from top left. She confirmed his greatness and he sent her home with even more gifts than she brought with her.
The temple is built in Jerusalem according to specific detailed instructions and furnished with the finest things of pure gold. The large building complex you see in the center represents the temple in Jerusalem. The Ark is placed in the temple and you can see the priests, the singers, the trumpeters, players of cymbals, harps and lyres standing outside praising and glorifying God. If you look closely you can see the cloud rising from the temple area. You can see Solomon, wearing both blue and red just below the musicians and before the altar with the burning sacrifice, giving praise and dedicating the temple. He is also asking God to hear and answer the prayers of anyone, any time, any where if they pray from or toward there. God agreed but also gave a warning about obedience.
After Solomon's death his son Rehoboam became king, didn't listen to his elders, ran around with a bad crowd and made such a mess of the country in just five years that God aloud the king of Egypt to come and overtake Jerusalem. God would have let the people be completely foresaken but they humbles themselves before God and he let them become slaves instead. In the center of the picture you see the the Egyptian chariots and the battle taking place.
Shishak king of Egypt took all the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king's palace. At the bottom of the picture you see the plunder.
After this came a succession of kings, some good but mostly bad. Many were idol worshipers. Some of them even offered their children to idols as depicted towards the bottom left. Ten or twelve chapters of revolving kings and at one point Hilkiah the priest (shown up beside Solomon dedicating the temple. Hilkiah is reading from a scroll.) discovered a lost book of the Law and it is read to king Josiah and the commandments were kept, passover was celebrated again, until his death when tow more kings followed and king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came and conquered the land and made Zedekiah rule in Judah. He did evil and God sends the Chaldeans to destroy everything as God had warned them earlier when Solomon prayed asking Him to hear and answers the prayers of anyone, any time, any where if they prayed from or toward the house of God.
The final two verses Cyrus kin g of Persia proclaimed he was going to build a house in Jerusalem for the Lord's people and permits them to return. If you look at the background colors in !st Chronicles you see the vivid colors of the divisions of the country as were dealt out in Joshua. When you look at the background colors in 2nd Chronicles you see the colors have faded but are not totally gone.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
24" x 18" On Sketch Paper
Book 13 Poster 13
A priestly view of David's reign is the way I remember this book.
I will try to keep this explanation shorter than the last one.
As Deuteronomy was a review of the first four books of the Bible, 1st and 2nd Chronicles are to me a review from Genesis up until now. That said, in the top left corner you can see just a touch of the creation clouds I drew in the first picture. The embryo, (2001 Space Odyssey Star Child came to mind), underneath that cloud develops as the genealogy of Adam and the sons of Jacob (Israel), the sons of David, the line of Hur, Asher, the descendants of Simeon, the genealogy from Reuben, the priestly line, the genealogy from Issachar, descendants of Benjamin, the sons of Naphtali, descendants of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher, the genealogy from Benjamin and King Saul, are all shown as the children or "sons of" in white. They also represent the growth and development of the people as they came from Egypt in baby steps and crawled across Jordan.
Then there was a review of the death of Saul and his sons which you can see towards the top wearing red centered around Saul falling on his sword. At the bottom you see David King of all Israel. Towards the middle left you see my representation of the battles fought by David and his men. Towards the center of the picture you can see the accident when the Ark was being transported. Close to it you can see the tent that was set up for the Ark and the altar of the offerings he made to atone for taking a census to see how big and strong he had become instead of what God had done for him.
Not only was the land divided by tribe as in Joshua (shown by the earlier assigned colors from the banners in Numbers), but all the people were divided into duties of service to the country and to the temple David was going to build for God through his son Solomon.
This has been the story from the beginning of creation, the fall, flood, Babel, Abraham, Isaac Jacob Joseph (whose sons inherit and divide the land), bondage, deliverance, holy sacrifice and holy service, the walking, wandering, and waiting, looking backward, inward and upward, securing the land and settling it, deterioration, deliverance, and depravity, religiously, politically, and morally, the guidance of God, the leadership of Samuel, Saul, and David, his rise, his transgressions and troubles they caused, one nation becoming two, and two nations becoming none, and Gods hand still working throughout it all.