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

11 comments:

  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.

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

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

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

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

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  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...

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

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  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.

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

    Love the implications behind the title.

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  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!
    Jerry

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