It is an honor and a privilege for me to introduce you to Rob Joseph, an amazingly creative and talented young man. I’m friends with his mom, Pat, a wonderful woman who at one time, headed up our women’s ministry at church (they‘ve since moved away to the Carolinas).
Anyway, I’m also facebook friends with Pat, and today she posted a breathtaking illustration of Rob’s on her facebook page, along with a link to his blog. I learned that one of Rob’s sisters had requested that he paint a picture of God. He said his first thought was “ who am I to attempt such an amazing feat? How will I even know what to paint as nobody knows what God looks like?” Rob goes on to say that the answer came to him later -- that he was a ‘gifted visionary’ who should actually be honoring God with the talent that He bestowed on him.
Below is ‘In His Hands,’ and Rob’s thought process in the creation of that piece.
Ok here is the finished painted version. Of course I let my imagination run away a little with this piece, but I received most of my reference for this piece and God's look from two passages in the Bible. Ezekiel 1: 25-28 and Revelation 4. I'm sure there are more in there, I'm just not sure where they are. Everything about this image says something about God's character though. from the subtlety of his wings, to the absolute power shown in the lower regions of the painting. The Crown symbolizing royalty, his face meaning the way he sees everything in pure light and with a burning love. His white sash that represents purity and that he can do no wrong. The angels praising Him in their own way symbolizing simply that he is worthy to be praised. His skin being a Solid Rock...and finally the way he holds the earth safely in his hands...symbolizing the protection he gives us. Put all of these together and you basically witness the two sides of God. Powerful and fearsome, but Loving and Gentle. Hope you enjoy.
I just LOVE this beautiful piece of art. Powerful and fearsome. Loving and gentle. That’s our God!
For a larger, more detailed rendition of this illustration, please check out Rob Joseph’s blog at: http://robs-art-blog.blogspot.com/
Also, here is a link to Rob’s online store, in case you or someone you know would like to purchase any of the sketches and illustrations of this gifted young artist.http://rob-joseph.imagekind.com/store/