It is impossible to see in this photo just how three dimensional this painting is.
This work was painted while in worship. There are some things about it that I have no explanation for, like the fact that the face changes from a smile to a sigh when one walks toward it in a large room, or the way the face changes dramatically when the light is changed from left to right.
This painting took 10mos. to paint and contains some unusual media. The hair is real hair of many types donated by a friend of mine who is a beautician, painted as if one type. The whip contains real glass and rocks. His skin tones are made up of the skin tones of every race of people; fitting since Jesus is the second Adam, and all men came from Adam.
I have a photo diary of the process which I will be posting soon. The eyes were painted last which is the opposite of the portrait norm. I painted them while not in worship one night and in the morning it looked as someone came in and painted cartoon eyes on my painting. I went to prayer the next night and saw how to paint three dimensional eyes with lids, lashes, and tears.
The inspiration for this work came like this…
While in prayer one night, I saw Jesus tied to the whipping
post. In the shadows of a wall and doorway. It seemed dark
though in the middle of the day and His eyes were such a
beautiful shade of blue that they almost glowed.
His gaze was fixed upon me as waves of His love washed
over me. I could see that He was concentrating on His love for
me to gain stregnth to endure the coming torture. I could hear
Him say,” I love you, and My love is not fickle as is the love of
the world. This price that I pay is not too much for you.You are
worth it to Me. You will never have to fear that I might back
down, give up or walk away from My love for you. My love is
fiercely and eternally loyal. My love never quits and My love
I was impressed later and in prayer given instructions to
paint this vision and let everyone know that this is His love
for ALL of us ! As it became difficult to paint the wounds ,
Jesus reminded me that He did not pay a little bit of blood
for a little bit of healing. As many artists have spared viewers
the emotional impact, they have spared them the revelation
of their value and too often, their healing as well.
May this work touch you and bless you , In Jesus Name