Back in March 2020, literally a week before the nation shut down due to COVID19, I did one more Worship night with my home church Bridgeway Christian Church. We were working through a series called “The Year of Connecting with God” and in that time frame of lessons, we were focused on Connecting with God. I wanted to illustrate something powerful, something visually tangible. And so, the results are below.
Last year, my church, Bridgeway Christian Church, focused on a series of sermons that included the Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our artist group was asked to illustrate during the series and last October, I was blessed to pick Matthew 13:44-46. With everything that has been going on this year, I didn’t finish up the final steps until this week and it now is hanging up in my Livingroom.
Matthew 13:44-46 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
We’re studying the Book of Habakkuk of the Old Testament in my church and when I read the upcoming themes/versus scheduled on the calendar for our group of painters to participate and illustrate, I paused, held my breath and there it was, on the page, “Creator Confusion” and I was pinged. I knew that I was being called upon my talents once again. An image had been pulling at me, in my mind for quite awhile, but it just never seemed to fit, timing was off, it just wasn’t the right image for whatever theme we were embarking on, so I shoved it to the “back burner” and waited… but then, as I read, I knew why and I acted on it.
Habakkuk 2:18-20. The prophet, angry, confused regarding the disarray of the corrupt world around him. He rages at God, but God knows what was going on. He always does. He is the ultimate creator, he has all authority over the world. We are reminded that we are to serve God. He has the world in his hands.
The beginning of the process in making this piece started like all the others. I started with a photo, I edited it in software, and I made a full-size pattern. I then printed a black and white reverse image and began tracing and cutting puzzle pieces out of it, fusing them to a fabric.
Slowly, I pinned the pieces on a canvas as the image came together and the process took about a month to complete. If you get a chance to look at this piece in person at Bridgeway Christian Church, look closely at the hands in this piece, and you will see hidden words. (In the white portions.)
Progression Photos during the design phase.
Detail of how I mark the piece for reassembling in front of live audience.
Progression Photos during services and detail.
Detail photos once fused and finished.