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Divine Nature (Romans 1:20)
29" x 29" x 1"
Religious / Biblical
Mixed Media / 2-D
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Divine Nature (Romans 1:20)

This painting was done to submit for the 2012 ReThink Topeka Art Walk. The exhibit has a requirement that all artwork submitted have a Kansas theme. I've always been particularly taken with the grand views of gently rolling hills and big expansive skies around the Flint Hills area. So I knew right away that I'd like to do something along those lines for this painting. I also, however, wanted to do something that would acknowledge God (Proverbs 3:6) considering that, if accepted, this painting would have some nice visibility in the Topeka community. The text of Romans 1:20 seemed like a perfect fit for a landscape that recognizes Christ. "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood fro what has been made, so that men are without excuse" There is so much truth in that verse, that all we need do to learn more about God is recognize that there is evidence of Him in everything He made. It occurred to me that I could infuse this verse literally into the landscape by having the text itself appear as a background texture. I accomplished this by applying a thin layer of modeling paste over an old masonite panel that I came across in the garage of my wife's grandfather. (I really kind of enjoy the idea of painting on this old board that has some unknown history). While it was still wet I repeatedly scratched the text of the verse into the paste. Once that was dry I've began the under-painting and started blocking in the basic composition. I'm planning a dramatic sunset over a few gently slopping hills. I especially enjoy the fact that there is Scripture actually "in" this painting. I love the relationship between a painting of God's creation on top of scripture that discusses how what God has made clearly reveals His divine nature. That's also inspired the title of the painting which will be "Divine Nature". I also like the word play of the title being a quote from the verse and a reference to the fact that it's a nature painting. After working on it at school during the February First Friday and a few more evenings in the studio the painting was finished two days prior to the submission deadline for the show. I continued to develop the colors and used some tricks from some of my printmaking images as well. In addition to the modeling paste underneath the painting, I ended up adding tissue paper and scribbling on it quite a bit with colored pencils. Now it's time to wait and see if it makes it into the show.