Coaching, Creativity, and Community
I have been learning about symbols lately. Interesting how art has played such a huge role in history. It is a great visual documentation of history, can show the signs of the times and whatever a symbol has come to represent, it simply helps us to focus in on that subject. In Christianity there are many, many symbols and for the most part, I don’t think we pay much attention to them. The cross is an obvious one, most observe it, but there is also the fish symbol, the lamb, a dove, crown of thorns, and an anchor to name just a few. Unfortunately, for the protestant church, most of the visual art displays have been removed. Somewhere along the line, a belief that these visual reminders are wrong came about. I believe there is a stirring and many movements have been created to bring the arts back into the church. This is exciting to me, I feel like we lost something by not having art play a role in our worship. The Orthodox church and the Catholic church have kept this alive in there church buildings. Of course I don’t believe in worshiping these symbols or icons, and from what I have come to understand, they don’t worship them, they use them as visual reminder helping to worship God.
This owl is another symbol, one I have come to adore. Owls are widely known to represent wisdom. I painted this with acrylic on canvas. I have posted him before but kept adding and changing him slightly, I think he is all done now. That is the great thing about acrylic painting, you can always paint over and layers give depth and add a richness to it.
This is nothing at all 🙂 or is it? What do you see? It is actually upside down from the way I painted it, simply a mistake when I downloaded it, but it is interesting how a picture can have a completely different feel to it when viewed from another direction. Sometimes it is better and other times much worse. Try it out next abstract you create. This painting has great texture, hard to see here but I painted tissue paper into it and it has layers and layers of paint.
This week in your painting journal, what symbol is your favorite, or has been significant to you?