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‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.’ Romans 12:1,2
This painting represents transformation. Transformation is deeper than change, because with change you can change back, but the butterfly released from the cocoon cannot ever become a caterpillar again.
All change ensures growth, with all new ideas, activities and creativity we have to shed off the old before we enter the new. However, a permanent change is a very deep shedding and a complete DNA reconstruction – such as happens within the cocoon. I sense the Lord saying, “I am releasing the beautiful. Watch as your transformation becomes evident. Whatever stage you are in the process, watch as you each take your position to fly.”
The caterpillar has a life and a purpose. It eats and is satisfied. But its purpose is beyond self-focus and immediate gratification, its whole life is preparation for what comes next. Life before the cocoon has its challenges, grief and pain; and life within the cocoon has confusion, darkness, and complete ripping apart of all that the caterpillar knows. However, what comes next is impossible without the former things. It is only the butterfly that we call beautiful, but it could not exist without the caterpillar.
The caterpillar makes a decision. Transformation is a mystery. It begins with the caterpillar committing to doing the hard work of spinning a cocoon. In the painting, the background city represents leaving the past behind. The gold covering represents divine glory, and symbolises the Lord entering the cocoon with you, weeping with you, walking with you, and leading you to the next step. However, coming out of the cocoon is something the butterfly does alone. If anyone were to ‘rescue’ the butterfly before it is time, it would be destroyed. It must strengthen its new wings on its own. The butterfly needs its moment alone in the sun to complete the transformation before flying.
Don’t ever give up: your breakthrough is coming, your transformation is coming, your “beautiful” is being released.
Giclee Reproductions are printed with a 3cm white border.
‘Cocoon’ has been selected from the book 40 Days hath November to be reproduced as Giclee prints. Technically speaking, our prints are not prints at all, not in the common use of the term, but are fine art reproductions of original works. The quality is so high that it is difficult to tell between the reproduction and the original. Giclee Reproductions are premium high-resolution digital images produced on museum quality, Canson 300-320gsm Cotton Rag (fine cotton fibres woven into a paper-like product) printed with archival Canon Lucia EX 12-colour pigment high-performance inks. Canon Lucia EX pigment inks achieve an “under glass” permanence of 95 years for colour images.
Giclee can be confusing, as many may incorrectly assume that all digital printing is equal. Essentially Giclee (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’) is an invented name from the French word ‘le gicleur’ meaning ‘to squirt’. Originally coined in 1991 to distinguish between common digital prints and the highest quality form of art reproductions using wide-format inkjet printing technology. In 30 years, this technology has advanced enormously, giving an even wider distinction between Giclee reproductions and digital prints. However, we still use the word ‘print’ so that we are easily understood.
Fine Art Giclee Reproductions should be framed behind glass, using a matte to separate them from the glass. Consult your local framer for the best way to frame your reproduction and ensure your artwork still looks amazing for 3 – 4 generations.
20 x 20cm, 30 x 30cm