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‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.’ Genesis 1:1-3
When I painted this, I immediately knew I was in Genesis. I experienced a beautiful sensation of light, both of weightlessness and brilliance in the room. The exquisitely soft and gentle colours turned to sea covered by an arc of glory.
The word ‘Covering’ has various meanings. When the Spirit hovered over the face of the waters, the Hebrew word is ‘rachaph’. It means to move with a high degree of care, to brood as an eagle hen broods over her nest, to hover over with gentle vibrations that generate the energy necessary to bring order and life. The representation in the painting is the Spirit covering the earth in a protective manner when God calls forth “light”.
There is a double meaning in the painting. Firstly, that the triune Lord protects you. He has you covered. Secondly, as it leads from the first, is that you are a safe place for other people. He has given you people to protect, as a hen protects her chicks.
What was barren and formless, the Spirit of God gives life to. From destruction, chaos and darkness, He brings life, vitality and light. The act of protective covering is a “creating activity”. This also relates to life within our church, where our leadership ‘covers’ us as we give forth life to others. They facilitate a space that creates life. The Holy Spirit has the power to renew. This is your promise, that the Spirit covers you, daily renewing within you a new heart. By making a sacred space for the Holy Spirit to constantly hover over you, you also make space to receive the gift of bringing restoration into the lives of others. This is His provision for you, that you will have all you need within you to call forth life in others.
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 read our blog article “Caring for your Fine Art” for information on ensuring your artwork still looks amazing for 3 – 4 generations.
Print 20 x 20cm, Print 30 x 30cm, Greeting Card 105mm x 148mm, Postcard 120mm x 120mm