"A woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head."
"The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time".
"Woman Clothed in the Sun"
I hadn't thought a lot about this painting until this weekend. A friend had seen it in one of my 'mega-sale' videos. And as I told her the story, the relevance of this image hit me once again.
In 2016 I was an art teacher that was doing a little art on the side. I had used my art as a healing tool to help overcome my DV attack. I knew that art was something I was meant to do--and painting small pretty paintings, a portrait here and there and some paint parties were the art I was doing at the time. I enjoyed everything I was creating, but I was still teaching and planning on seeing those next 7 years through until retirement.
That summer, I went to a conference and the speaker spoke from the book of Revelation. I can't tell you what she talked about or what she read. But all I knew was when I heard the words she read, I had the overwhelming feeling I HAVE TO PAINT THIS. That's ALL I remember from the conference. I couldn't wait to get home to a canvas.
I got home and opened the Bible to Revelation. TBH, it's not one of those books I'd ever sat around reading. Even now, I can't tell you what any of it meant--and for this post, it really isn't relevant.
But painting without a reference photo, having only poetic, descriptive words as my guide, I painted from a place that I didn't know existed within me.
During that week, I painted 7 gigantic paintings--all 4 and 5 feet large.
16,704 square inches of painting in 7 days.
And during that time, I felt God speak to me in my spirit and say,
"Look at what you can do. It's time to get to work".
It was in that moment that I could truly SEE --not just catch a fleeting glimpse of--what was going to grow from my gifts.
I quit my job, yall.
This painting series has never been hung all together. I've never had room to see them up as a whole. But I'm so glad my friend caught a glimpse of "Woman" and asked about her.
I needed the reminder that I have always been 'Woman of the Apocalypse. Woman Clothed in the Sun.'