Before you continue reading about the inspiration and process behind this painting, have a look at this short 3min video I made for you. It’s the first one I’ve done about any of my paintings, so I’d love to hear your thoughts:
When I started working on this painting I was stirred up by this Verse:
“And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.” – 1. Kings 19:11-12 (NASB)
I find it fascinating that Elijah heard God’s voice in the “gentle blowing”. How comes God wasn’t in all the super loud, attention grabbing, majestic appearances?
Many believers pray to God every day that He may speak to them and are disappointed when nothing seems to happen. No fiery hand appears and writes on the wall, no thunder, earthquake or angel’s trumpet make known the Lord’s will. I believe God always wants to speak to us, He has all the solutions and wants to guide us. So why do so many Christians still not hear him? I believe there’s several reasons:
1. He speaks many languages.
God can utilize pretty much everything to speak to us. Other people, a song in the radio, a movie scene, the beautiful scenery of a landscape, emotions, dreams… Just like Elijah we have to move away from our prejudiced imagination on how exactly God is going to show up and speak to us. Sometimes he seems to like to choose the least obvious way.
2. He speaks when He wants to.
I’ve discovered that often times God chooses to speak at times I’d least expect it: on the way to work in the car, when I wake up in the middle of the night, during work at my desk… the point is that if we’re only open for His talking during our “quiet time” from 6-6:30am, or on a sunday morning, we’re definitely going to miss out on a lot of divine encounters.
expecting His talking only during our quiet time, or on a sunday morning, means to miss out on many divine encounters ow.ly/c9YF5
— Daniel Vogler (@Daniel_Vogler) July 11, 2012
3. Often times He has already spoken
Have you every tried to imagine how your life would be like, if you’d truly hold on to what God said in the past? What if every day before you start in to your routine, you’d make yourself aware of all the truth and promises God has ever spoken over your life? Unfortunately what’s true for most of us is that whatever God spoke yesterday, we’ll have forgotten tomorrow. Most believers need to hear that God loves them every week, because they’re not able to trust his word enough to make it their reality. This might sound tough, but I’ve discovered that sometimes God doesn’t like to repeat himself anymore. On the other side we can become such good stewards of His words and promises, that we’ll attract more and more of it. It’s totally up to us.
4. We don’t really listen.
I personally didn’t start experiencing God every day, until I learned to tune my spirit into His in the midst of every-day business. I had to become sensitive towards His presence to be able to notice his “gentle blowing” at any time and in any situation. It’s like one of your best friends is calling you. You’d probably pick up the phone and interrupt whatever you’re doing, am I right? Once I started treating God the same way, I experienced a huge increase in supernatural leading and constant awareness of His presence.
In this painting I felt inspired to capture that moment of being fully immersed in His gentle blowing, being sensitive to His warm presence and allowing every thing else to fade into the background. One day not too long ago I heard God say these words to me:
“Daniel, worship is to simply enjoy me.”
Worship is enjoying God… ow.ly/c9s9B
— Daniel Vogler (@Daniel_Vogler) July 10, 2012
This short sentence literally changed my life forever. Is it possible that living al lifestyle of worship is as simple as taking a deep breath and enjoying him in this very moment? I hope when you look at this painting you can feel this sense of peace and relaxation in Him.
The Creative Process:
Okay, now let me take you through the step-by-step process of this painting. As I thought about how I’d express that feeling visually, I imagined a close up of a woman caught up in a moment of an encounter with God. I wanted her face to look really relaxed and concentrated at the same time. That’s why I decided she’d have her eyes shut. As I was looking through some images to use as reference for the painting I found this amazing photograph used as a CD cover of the amazing artist Ellie Goulding and felt many elements of it would were exactly what I was looking for.
I began by coloring basic background and blocking in some basic shapes and colors of the female character.
Once I felt happy with the composition and shapes, I re-adjusted and intensified the colors to give it more contrast.
Then I added the bright light beam, which I thought would be perfectly representing an encounter with the supernatural.
At this point I decided to go ahead and add more detail. This is the part in the painting process I enjoy the most. It’s amazing how a few highlights here and there can make the whole painting come alive. I knew the only way I could let the viewer know that she’s surrounded by wind (the gentle blowing) was to make her hair float in the wind’s direction. In this case this was an easy talk since my reference photo already caught that perfectly.
Now that I was almost done, I suddenly felt like the background was a little bit distracting. I erased it, added a little bit more of texture and dust and came up with this final result:
I’m definitely happy with the final product and hope it communicates the message well. If you know me a little bit already, you’ll know how much I love to hear from you. What do you feel/ think off when you look at the painting? Do you have any questions? Please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
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