1st Painting in the War Cry Series
Isaiah 61, Isaiah 52: 6-7, Matthew 11:12, Luke 11:2, Colossians 2:10
This Painting came out of a series of encounters and features the original poem "War Cry" I wrote in Spring of 2018 as this series began to percolate in my heart. The Poem is inscribed on this piece as the flagship Painting and first in the series.
As I child my companions and I were always playing at a scenario where one was the princess and everyone else fought to save this representation of the Beloved. Only as I child, I never got to be that girl. I always deeply wanted to be, tried a few times but always if I wanted to take part it was always as a fighter. Now as an adult woman looking back I reflected over this frequent childhood play scenario, I came to the realization that maybe my beauty wasn’t just made for gilded courts. While I am made to be fully alive as a woman fully herself standing tall with beauty and crowned in authority. I am not tame. I am fully alive in the place of adventure. I want the wild. I realized in that moment that I was, and indeed still am, no princess to be rescued I instead was a warrior Queen. I entered the fray, shining with rosy cheeks and eyes afire, hair flowing around me, face to the wind. Adventure calls to me. I am powerful and I will be free. Thus began the beginning percolations of this series.
This Warrior, she is waiting at rest and listening. Her heart decided, the battle ahead. She is a woman, a battle tested beauty, and she knows the fight is coming. She knows her resolve, and knows she will not shrink back. She may not be the commander but she is no less a feared warrior, a Holy monster, and she carries the heart of the Kingdom and the will to win.
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