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The inspiration behind "The Kiss"
Inspired by John Mark McMillan's beautiful song, "How He Loves," I made a sequence of sketches that illustrated a progression of thought and feeling, which led up to this final pose.
Heaven meets earth like a sloppy, wet kiss
and my heart turns violently inside of my chest...
He loves us, oh, how he loves us
I felt an unexplainable closeness between Creator God and myself, his daughter/beloved. This closeness is a miracle in itself, after years of feeling both distant and numb to life and God himself. This painting is a testimony to his divine work in me.
The colors are meant to show the difference between the created earth (myself) and the Creator (God). There is also a progression of color which I use to illustrate sanctification (the process of becoming holy) by being brought nearer to God. My flesh is most brown and earthy in the parts furthest from God's face, but it slowly transitions to blues and even purples (signature of the return to Imago Dei, or God's original intent for his creation). God's hand is red where he cradles my head, recalling the blood of Jesus. Blood-red is the relationship between the divine and his creation; Jesus provided the way to closeness to our holy God by willingly giving his perfect life for humankind on the cross. Because of this sacrifice and because of his mercy, God imbues holiness and glory (purple) on us, which is showed here through God's holy kiss- a sign of approval- on my forehead. Through the Holy Spirit, which lives in us, God transforms his children to become more like him. This transformation and indeed the closeness of this relationship will only be complete in heaven. This is our hope and the glory of heaven: we will be with him, in his presence for all eternity.
...what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:4
He loves us, oh, how he loves us!
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