In The Wilderness

Mar 16, 2024 | Blog, Featured

Lately, I have been reading a Bible that also has classical Christian artwork next to each Bible reading. As I was looking at some of the artwork a picture stood out to me by Russian painter Ivan Kramskoi. It is a painting of Jesus’ time of being tempted in the wilderness (See Matthew 4:1-11). His painting inspired me to create this artwork. I took artistic liberties with the one I created because even though Jesus was being tempted by the enemy, I don’t see Him as looking isolated and depressed as I felt Mr. Kramskoi depicts Him. In my heart, I see Jesus as drawing His strength from God the Father. Looking to Him to get through these temptations. Keeping His eyes focused on His Father above with an openness to receive what God has to offer Him.

I created the image with gritty textures to visually depict the battle that was going on. I purposely put Jesus too close to the left edge of the image to form a sense of tension which I think we all feel when we are having our own wilderness experience. Being in the wilderness is never a place of physical comfort, but we can always draw our emotional/spiritual comfort from God our Father by looking up with our hands wide open to receive all He has to give us to be victorious in our wilderness times.

You can see Ivan Kramskoi’s original image here


Until next time blessings and healing

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