I was asked to illustrate a couple of Bible verses. John 8:32 being one of them.
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Combined with that is a reference to Isaiah 40:31.
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Both verses from the New International Version (NIV).
I depicted someone not only part of the earth but bound to it and being freed. I’m not sure why I chose a dancer. Seemed like a good idea. Maybe it had something to do with “grace.” You are free to make your own interpretations.
We have maps of just about every era of world history. I realized there was one missing.
This may surprise you but it really didn’t take me long to do this.
While visiting a couple of my grandkids for Christmas they made requests for drawings. Since it was Christmas they both wanted Santa cartoons. One wanted Santa wearing a tutu. The other wanted a zombie Santa. One grandkid is a 5 year old girl; the other, an 8 year old boy. I’ll let you figure out who asked for what.
I made this drawing for my Christmas card. I wanted Mary to appear young; I’m told she was. I wanted the image to have a somewhat contemporary, less traditional look but still have the feel of the historical setting. You’ll have to judge whether or not I was successful.
To my friends who are not Christian or are not religious, let this be an image representing love and the hope for the future.
Color pencil on paper, 8″ X 10″
This is the last Christmas card in the set and is most people’s favorite; probably because they’ve all witnessed the humorous chaos of trying to put on a youth Christmas program. Outside on the top; inside on the bottom.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of Christmas cards. Regardless of your faiths and beliefs, I wish this Christmas Day brings you joy. And again, thanks to David Hopson and his artistic skills for putting these together.
The structure is the outside of my church. Do you recognize the bells from a previous card? Beside our church is a pathway enveloped by rows of live oak trees. We like to call that “Oak Alley.” I represented that within the silhouette of the sanctuary, then added the nativity scene. David Hopson added the star.
Remember the outside, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”? This is the inside of that card.
Thanks once more to David Hopson.
This is the outside of the card; front on top, back on bottom. I thought the inside and outside of the card both looked nice so I decided to show them separately. I’ll show you the inside of the card with the next post.
Thanks again to David Hopson for putting these together.