Ocean of Mercy
2017 - Acrylic - 24" x 30" x 1.5"
The First Good Friday was a day of loss, darkness, chaos, distress, pain, suffering, weakness, mourning, sorrow and Death.
As a child, I would listen to the Bible stories being read to me and would use crayons to recreate the scenes from my imagination. Now, I continue to use my imagination, but use acrylic paints instead of crayons. I aim for the realistic images I see in my mind, using no models or reference photos. The resulting figurative style conveys the emotion through facial expression, posture and color. The palette and brushstroke chosen for the background reinforces the general mood of the painting. Having visited Egypt, Israel and Palestine several times, my memories of the land influence the color choices and texture of the landscape.
The agony the world experienced at the Day Christ Died is highlighted in this painting. The Virgin Mary holds her Son as if she had been crucified with Him. St. John rests his head below Christ's breast...as he had done during the Last Supper. St. Mary Magdalene sobs at Christ's Feet. Clouds weigh heavily in sorrow while the winds and rain add to the distress. The whole world is in chaos as creation cries out at the death of Our Creator. Yet, the world is baptized in an Ocean of Mercy.
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