It's been a while since I have posted any news or any new paintings to this site. I have been working on a series of paintings for an art show in Greensboro, NC. The show was organized by my sister, Anne Conover, an accomplished artist and a Pastor at Rehoboth Methodist Church. The goal was to create art work as a response to the seven last phrases Jesus spoke from the cross.
These last few weeks as I have focused on these words have been rewarding and difficult at the same time. I chose to use watercolor mainly because of having only a short time for completion and drying. Watercolor satisfied the logistical problems but I found it to be deficient when expressing the drama and emotion of the subject matter.
As the series developed, I realized the need for certain symbols to unify the series of paintings. When I needed to communicate separation, the color black seemed obvious. I used yellow for the the Holy Spirit, Jesus and God the Father. You can see this beginning to develop in the second painting, "Today you will be with me in paradise," It then becomes even more apparent in the fourth painting, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me." Here I used a simple color field painting showing the separation that now existed between Jesus and His Father. Then again in, "I thirst." the separation between Jesus and the "living water." I used a little ribbon of green and red to indicate the liquid or wine the centurion offered to quench Jesus thirst. In, "It is Finished," there are several symbols you will recognize again. And then, "Into your hands I commend my spirit," The Son returning to the Father leaving the earth and his crown of thorns.
I hope you enjoy seeing these little paintings and sharing a small part of my Lenten journey.
So... on this Good Friday evening, I pray you will have a Blessed Easter!