Thursday, 29 July 2010

Quo Vadis

Here he is, the finished painting:

Quo Vadis

and as I said yesterday, he will be a present to my husband..
because today is our 21st wedding anniversary - and because Paul loves lions!

Why Quo Vadis?

This goes back to my great love of books - the Lion would be Aslan, from The Chronicles of Narnia. As C.S. Lewis himself said, Aslan was what Christ may have been in an imaginary world.

Quo Vadis - the novel, by Sienkiewicz. It tell of the love of a Roman for a Christian and his subsequent conversion - set in the time of Nero as Emporer.

Quo Vadis, The Bible John 13:36 .. Where are you going?

So the three together are how I arrived at this title..

As ever, this painting will be added to my permanent gallery site
Pat Elliott Paintings


  1. Lovely work Pat. I am sure your husband will be so thrilled with your work.
    Congratulations on your 21st Wedding Anniversary. May you have many many more.

  2. Thank you so much for your good wishes, Dors!
    Paul was thrilled when he opened the package this morning :)

  3. You hb will love it Pat, nice push with the values, how have I missedd this at PF?

  4. Awesome- Love how the sun shines on him! Happy Anniversary!

  5. Happy anniversary to you and Paul! The finished painting is beautiful.

  6. Seth and I just started an art lesson book this week called 'Visual Manna-Lessons from Narnia'. Today we are drawing a lion completely from lines. I am not sure if we will get to learn watercolour or not. I have never heard of Quo Vadis...but will read (or gobble up as I like to say) anything I can get my hands on, so I may look that up.

    I love the Lion. You can just see him lazing in the sun, then rising up to stare at us as we pass by...

  7. Thanks for the good wishes everyone - and for the compliments on the painting too :)

  8. Pat, I am offering both: good wishes for your 21st wedding anniversary and great compliments on this lovely painting. I love the colors! The lion seems ready to move, so Quo Vadis is a really appropriate title.

  9. It's a beautiful painting, Pat! I'm late... but Happy Anniversary to you and the hubby!

    Love the implications behind the title.

  10. I absolutely love it! Of all your paintings I have seen, this is my favorite (with the possible exception of my Dawg painting of course).

    I love Lewis' imagery of Christ as potrayed through Aslan. He demonstrates how something so fierce and powerful (lion/Christ) can still love us and be as careing as a lamb.

    Soli Deo Gloria!


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