AND GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD CREATED HE HIM; MALE AND FEMALE CREATED HE THEM...
The Holy Scriptures. Genesis 1:27
Would the Bible have been as meaningful to Western culture, if someone, somehow, had lost a few letters (characters), here and there, before it got to us?
If it were edited -- pruned -- along the lines of "less is more." Would that make the Bible even better? More essential? More profound?
| St. Gregory the Great. Prague. 15th Century|
My answer is: Every letter, every word, every chapter counts. And contributes meaningfully.
|Sarah of Glasgow. 2020. 11 x 14"|
All of us are characters in the book of life. And frankly, I think our world would be poorer without you.
| A young lady. 2019. 11 x 14"|
Whoever you are. You are essential to this moment. To this conversation. You are, in a word, sacred.
|Cassidy of Phoenix. 2019 11 x 14"|
And that's what I'm trying to capture when I paint a portrait these days. Yes, I want the portrait to resemble the person portrayed.
|Native American Model. 2019 @ 16 x 14"|
I also want the image to feel as special, as essential as the person I have the privilege of painting.
|Blue-eyed Visionary. 2019 @ 12 x 10"|
Anyway, that's the goal.
|Greg of Phoenix. 2019. 11 x 14" |
|A Patriach. 2019 11 x 14" |
In the words of the Man from Mars, "Thou art God." (Stranger in a Strange Land
, Robt. Heinlein)
Can you grok it?
|Waiting for the Feeling. 2019 11 x 14"|
Medium: Oil paint on acrylic ground. Artist: Glenn Scott Michaels. Phoenix, AZ.
Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved. Images and photographs by the author, with the exception of St. Gregoary the Great.
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