skywater art

Painting Notes

A significant percentage of my artwork has symbolism and spiritual content.  Often these pieces start with a simple question, which leads to many related questions, as in the case of “Living Water”.  Here are some of my notes on this piece:

Living Water

Mixed media on board (India ink, watercolor pencil, gouache, enamel, graphite)

I had been thinking about the concept of “living water”.  If we know (regular) water to be made up of hydrogen and oxygen, then what would “living” water be made of?  Is there another something in it, the presence of God Himself?

Jesus walked on water – how did this happen?  Did the water under his feet change physical properties?  Did his presence change the water?

The Red Sea obeyed the voice of God and moved in a very unnatural way – did the water take on different physical properties to move that way?

What might have happened to the water in which Jesus stood when he was baptized and the Holy Spirit alighted on him in the form of a dove?

What is the “spring of living water”?  God calls Himself the spring or fountain of living water.

So, along with these wonderings I began to look through various text books that I had in my library.  I’m not sure why I pulled these out…   I looked for images or numbers or symbols that I felt drawn to.  Here are some of the things I included on this art piece:

-Kepler’s 3rd Law    from Astronomy 100  survey of astronomy  C 1967  By the Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

-3 lines of random mixed text from a Cyrillic inscription on a tombstone in Macedonia, Yugoslavia.   (The apostles to the Slavs were St. Cyril and St. Methodius.  Cyril translated the Bible into Slavonic; the writing he used is known as Cyrillic.)   from Civilization   volume 1  The Emergency of Man in Society     CRM Books  1973

-A Chinese symbol of unknown meaning.  from Civilization   volume 1  The Emergency of Man in Society     CRM Books  1973

-Formula for measuring the luminosity of a star   from Astronomy 100  survey of astronomy  C 1967  By the Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Mru – M bol = BC: bolometric magnitude measuring total luminosity of a star

-A formula for radial velocity     where c = velocity of light      from Astronomy 100  survey of astronomy  C 1967  By the Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

-A diagram of the formula of Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D)  from Introductory Nutrition Helen Andrews Guthrie   C.V. Mosby Co Pub.  1975

Here is what I wrote the day I created this art work:

“There are many every-day mysteries.  The formula of Vitamin D, the measuring of a star’s luminosity, translating the Bible into Cyrillic.  A human figured it out, wrote it down, and others use that discovery as a stepping stone down into the next layer.

“Living” water.  Instead of Hydrogen and Oxygen bonding what bonds together to form living water?  I think it might have something to do with LIGHT.  Light and water are often mentioned together in Scripture.  When the earth was formless and void the Spirit of God brooded over the waters.  And then God said Let there be light…     I have no hard data, just an intuition, – it’s still at the far reaches of my mind, not ready yet to enter the “known” arena, or even the “I’m-pretty-sure” one.

Now today (December 07) I notice these things: (not sure of any of the significance of the above, but just observing)

Vitamin D 3 has to do with light.  It is produced in skin by sunlight.

Some of the mathematical formulas have to do with light.

And when He came up out of the water, at once he [John] saw the heavens torn open and the [Holy] Spirit like a dove coming down [ to enter] into Him. Mark 1:10

God calls Himself  “The spring of living water”    Jeremiah 17:13

O LORD, the hope of Israel,  all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust  because they have forsaken the LORD,  the spring of living water.

Jesus said He had the ability to give living water.

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.””Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:10-15

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. John 7:37-39

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:38

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