In this section, I’m showing works in progress, inspired by resent studies.
First let me say I’m not an authority on any of these topics. I’ve never studied theology in a seminary. Let me be the first to say there are many more authors out there that are far more knowledgeable and skilled at defending the concepts described here. I’m just a woman struggling with her faith at my local church.
This blog is for others in the same place. I’m not trying to tell you what to believe so much as I’m trying to figure out tough concepts taught in my faith. Some write out their musings, some make music or build things, I draw. If it’s of interest to you and you can help, then join in the conversation.
If you have no interest in this or are hostile to this faith then just pass me by.
In the fall of 2014 I took classes at my church concerning the Westminster Catechism. Not a lightweight topic and not one I’d tackle if I were a recent convert. Why? –cause its hard!!!I took my sketchbook with me and while I listened I doodled. I’m presenting pictures as I develop them. The images are not in order of the Catechism text. If you are of an orderly mind, I apologize. Some topics are full of imagery for me, and some are very hard to grasp. You’re getting my best clasping at strings. Sorry.
References: These references were either used in the study or came to my mind during the class. Some comfort and others provoke. I put these out there as food for thought.
John 14: 2, 3
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
John 14: 20
“In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”
B.B. Warfield, Selected Shorter Writings, vol.1, p. 297
“The marvel of marvels is not that God, in His infinite love, has not elected all this guilty race to be saved, but that He has elected any.”
John 15: 4
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the ine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”
This picture is a reaction to the class about Unconditional Election. Maybe I shouldn’t start here, but this is where the first clear image came lancing into my consciousness. Christ knows His own and He keeps them. I’m showing Him “thinking in”. His hand is to His heart and there are His people.
As I rework this I’ll be wondering if I should
Have his eyes open and looking out to the viewer
What colors should I use
Should there be faces around him
Head bare or should I add a crown, thorns or otherwise
Again, if this section makes no sense to you, then pass me by. If you’re someone who’s been in The Way for some time and have wonderings of your own, then join the conversation. Just keep the language civil please.
Update: I’ve added a variation sketch. Beyond with that I’ve nothing more to say and perhaps that’s for the best. It occurs to me that one can over-talk a piece. Half the equation of visual art is what the viewer brings to it. The less I say, perhaps the better.
The finished peice I've titled John 15:4. Enjoy!
These next few sketches were based on teachings from The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owens by Sinclair B. Ferguson. I'll give the references when the picture is further developed. In a nutshell the images are much lighter than the actual reading but I can never be sure what will pop into my head when I'm in class.
Kind of a spoof on Red Bull. Again, I never know what will pop into my head and stick.