Alleluia! Christ is risen!

I finished my resurrection painting today. I wasn’t happy with the way that I’d managed to have two light sources on it. This happened because I had taken a composite of various images for my composition and hadn’t given any thought to where the light was coming from. Look at the picture as it was yesterday – light is coming from the bottom right as well as from the sun.

Resurrection at the end of the first session of painting.
The images used to help with my composition

I went for a walk around my garden – put a white cloth on the empty cross as it was bugging me. It is only two pieces of wood quickly put together for the Good Friday reflections, but somehow it looked WRONG ! It still needs some flowers, but I don’t have any suitable. Perhaps some colourful ribbon – or maybe I can make some flowers from coloured plastic bags or even knit some????

Cross in my garden

As I was walking round the garden chorus of the hymn “This joyful Eastertide” came to mind
   Had Christ, who once was slain,
   not burst his three-day prison
   our faith would be in vain
   but now has Christ arisen,
   arisen, arisen, arisen.

Back upstairs, I re-read Matthew 28:1-10. I was struck by the instructions to go.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
. (NIV)

We are to GO and tell others that Jesus is risen. My prayer is that those who see my painting will be moved in prayer and meet Jesus.

I sat quietly for a few moments and then began to paint. I almost put an angel in at the right of the page pointing towards the sun and Jesus. He would have created a light source. However, decided against it. I put some shade on the stone, plus a shadow, some foliage (not very good – I blame the paint brushes!) and then of course Jesus standing against the sun. The final touch was to put the writing on. It took me a long time to decide and I printed copies of it to practice on.

Rainbow Resurrection

I made some plastic bag flowers and put them on the cross, having looked at a tutorial on YouTube. Not the best bit of craft in the world – I may take them off.

decorated Easter cross

If you are interested in the sermon I preached, then look here:

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