Today’s post features landscapes as symbolic representations of Christian faith. I use rocks and logs regularly for both Christian and secular commentary.
“Broken Rules”, came from a photo I took of a group of rocks at Sisters Beach, in North West Tasmania. The image actually gave me the idea as one of the rocks looked like a stone tablet. I also included other related symbols. This drawing is a comment on the (Australian)secular society. We all need rules to abide by and when we ignore them there is a price to pay.
“Fool’s Paradise”, came from a still-life that I ‘built’ from sticks and stones. This time I had the idea before I developed the image. It’s a comment on our attitudes to life ,the land and ‘beyond’. We may think everything is all right, but it’s not. Drought and related environmental issues are are real worry in Australia. It seems to parallel our increasing secular focus.
Trying to blend Christian commentary and landscape elements is a real challenge, but one that I enjoy. Some of the places that I visit with my camera provide excellent source material. I do enjoy collecting stuff (what artist doesn’t) and ‘playing’ with them in my backyard with a sunny day to give me strong light and shadow. I’m currently looking at “The Last Supper” in landscape form. I haven’t resolved the idea yet, but I’m sure it will come to me!
Finally, the image below is a banner titled, “Christ the King”, and as as in the first image, features the Ten Commandments.