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Continuation of 'Bride' painting

Updated on February 28, 2014
73" x 36"
73" x 36"

So, who were they? How do I paint them?

While reading Matthew 5's famous Sermon on the Mount, I wondered who they were, or are...Jesus said 'blessed are the poor in spirit, and the mournful, the meek, the ones seeking justice, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, as well as the persecuted.' At first glance it might seem obvious, but really, who exactly are the poor in spirit anyway? One commentary I read described them to be the 'spiritually bankrupt'. But that doesn't really answer the question. Is it that they know they have nothing apart from God? Perhaps at some point in their lives, they discovered that nothing in this world satisfies. How depressing and sad, and damaging to anyone's spirit to find out that 'life is hard and then we die!' But He said, 'Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven'!! If what Jesus offers is true, how awesome it is, for those in need, that they recognize their poverty and accept the invitation to live in his kingdom!

So in my painting, the 2 hurting children are the lost and alone, the 'poor in spirit'. Whether rich or poor, they are devastated and without hope. They are the downtrodden in life, who have found that this world is definitely not fair, can't satisfy, and will never provide true lasting happiness. But by God's grace the love of Christ enters their hearts, freeing them to receive that gift of salvation. The kingdom of heaven awaits them as Jesus exchanges their rags for His riches!

Who are the poor in spirit? A simple question that seems to elude a simple answer.
Who are the poor in spirit? A simple question that seems to elude a simple answer. | Source

symbolic figure

The Bride of Christ must be made up of such as these. And what about those persecuted for His sake? Should they be included somehow in this multitude of believers I'm trying to portray. The 'Voice of the Martyrs' magazine is full of heart wrenching stories about real persecution going on in other parts of the world. Many people are being attacked for their faith even today! It's a shock to realize that the history of the persecuted church repeats itself even in 2012. We pride ourselves as being so civilized, so culturally advanced, and yet, we still have barbaric places on this planet where, in spite of their advanced technology and education, there is very little if any freedom of religion. And so, in trying to imply a segment of that Christian society, I sketched in a simple quiet figure in the foreground of the bridal veil. His tortured pose was to suggest his situation, and represent the witness of millions who died for their beliefs. The kingdom of heaven awaits them as well!

The persecuted
The persecuted

a multitude of representation

The image of a waiting bride is all of this, a plural entity, made up of generations of rejoicing prayer warriors, martyrs and forgiven masses, wearing the spotless righteousness of Christ...her garment was white linen as described in Revelation 19...but if she were to be painted as described, I would include in her veil, some images..maybe, we'll see how it looks... not sure how to portray this...but here is what I have so far..She has to be made up of all those mentioned in Christ's Sermon!

And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand | Source
unfinished sketch..acrylic on linen..will be completed in oil.
unfinished sketch..acrylic on linen..will be completed in oil.

She waits, and waits.

But just imagine being in suspense for thousands of years! 'Anticipation is making her wait'...not exactly what Carly Simon's song meant...but with a new meaning for me!


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      Aaron Rushing 4 years ago from USA- Florida

      Nina this painting and your explanation was profound and moved me emotionally. I am soo going to post this on my Facebook page. Thanks for sharing. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring.

      ABR

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Wow Nina, I kidded Aaron for sending me to read the competition's hub and I am so glad he did. I am moved deeply by the sensitivity of the imagery you are creating here. Indeed 'every picture tells a story' as Rod Stewart once sang. And this story is as timeless as the ages about the love of God portrayed in such a beautiful way. Thank you for being so sensitive to the Holy Spirit and letting Him speak through your artistry the way that you do.

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      ninapaints 4 years ago

      Thanks for this feedback! painting easy...hubbing hard work!! I'm beginning to realize all the effort needed for this stuff!

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Yes, I have found hubbing takes a lot of work but since Aaron twisted my arm into doing it, I have really enjoyed it so far. Trouble is, it takes a lot of time and I always seem to have about 6 or 7 stories going all at once. And painting is easy only because it is your God inspired gift. For me, not so much.

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      Aaron Rushing 4 years ago from USA- Florida

      Nina

      I hope you feel it is worth it. This piece really blessed and ministered to me. I hope you do more. Keep it up and I will be able to say "I knew Nina back when she was just a struggling artist." LOL

      Praise God

      ABR

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      ninapaints 4 years ago

      Well, I've got Grandma Moses as a role model, but thanks anyway!!!

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      ninapaints 13 months ago

      The 'Waiting Bride painting' is still waiting for some final inspiration, and like a book unfinished, sits untouched for 3 yrs during which time my husband and I completed 3 large exterior murals for a neighboring city. I had almost forgotten about it altogether, and now I think I'll pick up where I left off.

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