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Wake Up, O Sleeper!

Live in the Spirit

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The third and final image in this series and again based on scripture. Of the three images this was the most difficult to finish. It is a much more complex image with many more pieces. It was also done in hi resolution with printing in mind, a consideration that I did not bother with for the first two in the series.

The composition came together rather quickly but the color scheme alluded me for what seemed like years. Finally I settled on chromatic grays punctuated by a range of soft pastels. Another exercise in combining illustrator vector images with photoshop layering and compositing.

Scripture: ” “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Be very careful, then, how you liveā€”not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5: 14-18

There was mixed reaction to this one. Most people seem to like it in general but the overt Christian context of ‘sin’ rubs some the wrong way. I also think that some Christians have a problem with the sin icons themselves and it blocks them from appreciating the piece… as if even showing the icons representing drugs etc is wrong and disturbs them in itself. But others who have dealt honestly with destructive issues in their lives shake their heads in agreement when contemplating the piece. We all must take responsibility for those things in our lives that keep us ‘asleep’ and ultimately kill us.

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