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One New Man Art Painting: Creatures Great and Small

Creatures Great and Small

Scriptures: “The Land produces vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kind and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kind. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:12)

“Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky.” (Genesis 2:19a)

“This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it, the Lord is His name. “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”" (Jeremiah 33:2-3)

“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (Genesis 9:16)

“For behold, He forms mountains, and creates the wind. Who declares to man what His thoughts are, and makes the morning darkness. Who treads the high places of the earth- The Lord God of Hosts is His name.” (Amos 4:13)

Being a native of Africa the giraffe standing in the foreground was my first choice for a large animal in this painting. Notice the tiny herd of elephants in the mid background giving a sense of the wide open spaces, typical of the African grass lands.

The deep red orange and brown palette, aid in reflecting the heat of the hot and dry summers of my youth. By contrast the cool waters of a sparkling waterfall bursting out of a densely green jungle, teeming with life, creates a frame to draw your eye forward to the suggestion of a large serpent reminiscent of the Garden of Eden story.

The rainbow arching over high mountains in a misty background joins the contrasting landscapes of this painting to remind us that our Creator God is a living God who covenants with all His Creation. 

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