Both of these are part of my Light Up The Darkness series, and I actually think it's appropriate that I post these two particular pieces in the same blog post. One of my intentions for this series is that some of these paintings would be responses to previous paintings. I want to convey the idea of a spiritual battle with this series. My hope is for the imagery to go back and forth between Darkness having an upper hand, and the Crusader responding in faith and boldness.
I painted Lament in mid-November, and my intention was to make it an extremely dark piece that would get to the heart of the battle between good and evil. It is simply what you see - a remorseless figure of Darkness mocking the faithful Crusader as they behold a scene of brutal persecution. It's no secret that Christian persecution weighs on my heart, and I often feel helpless to do anything about it. I pray about it. I try to spread news of it when I see stories about it on social media. And I think to myself, "What more can I do?" I can't fight ISIS head on. I often feel like my voice is too small to make others care about it. So I wanted to portray that sentiment in this painting by putting the Crusader in a position that basically embodies that kind of helplessness to do anything about the horror that is happening.
Lament (John 15: 18-25)
oil on linen
"For this reason, we must return from the Table like lions breathing fire, having become terrifying to the Devil."
A lion. Something I had never painted before. This was going to be my symbol for a holy Guardian in the battle. And while He's not breathing fire in this painting, I have not ruled it out for future pieces.
The Guardian (Psalm 121)
oil on linen
The scary thing is, even when we are bold in faith, Darkness still likes to play games with us. The battle continues...