Traditional Hymns – Gallery 2017-11-25T14:09:43+00:00

Passion

Passion, when spelled with a capital ‘P’ is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ’. The rose in the painting represents Jesus and the bird is a Masked Shrike. It is a bird that is indigenous to Israel and is a frequent garden visitor……….so very possibly was one of the birds present ‘In the Garden’ of Gethsemane with Jesus. I chose it because like our similar North American species, Masked Shrikes are a predatory songbird. It symbolizes humanity. Jesus was crucified hanging on a cross with a crown of thorns on his head. Shrikes impale their victims on thorns or hang them from the forks of sapling limbs. The bird is posed with it’s back to the rose and it’s face turned away to parallel what we did to Jesus at ‘Calvary’…..which is the name of the second hymn. Most importantly though, the composition in its entirety represents what Jesus Christ did for us! John 3:16Passion, when spelled with a capital ‘P’ is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ’. The rose in the painting represents Jesus and the bird is a Masked Shrike. It is a bird that is indigenous to Israel and is a frequent garden visitor……….so very possibly was one of the birds present ‘In the Garden’ of Gethsemane with Jesus. I chose it because like our similar North American species, Masked Shrikes are a predatory songbird. It symbolizes humanity. Jesus was crucified hanging on a cross with a crown of thorns on his head. Shrikes impale their victims on thorns or hang them from the forks of sapling limbs. The bird is posed with it’s back to the rose and it’s face turned away to parallel what we did to Jesus at ‘Calvary’…..which is the name of the second hymn. Most importantly though, the composition in its entirety represents what Jesus Christ did for us! John 3:16

This is My Father’s World

‘This is My Father’s World, The birds their carols raise, The morning light, the lily white, Declare their Maker’s praise.’ This is the portion of verse from the hymn depicted that inspired this particular piece. The author of this hymn is Maltbie D. Babcock. 1858-1901. The home and antiques reflect a typical early settler’s homestead. The antiques were borrowed and I believed that I had all that was necessary to begin. When I arrived early in the morning to begin my preparatory work for the painting much to my delight the shadow of a cross was produced as the sun shone through the panes. The perfect finishing touch that I, the artist can not take credit for! *All the words and notes are legible in the original.