Rain Over a Mountain Town [updated]

Rain Over a Mountain Town

Watercolor and pencil on paper, 4.63″ x 7″

I wanted to make a painting using a few verses from the Bible as a basis, so I chose verses 26-28 from chapter 36 of Job-

Behold, God is great, and we know Him not,
neither can the number of His years be searched out.

For He maketh small the drops of water:
they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

Which the clouds do drop
and distil upon man abundantly.

This was part of an argument saying that God cares for us and calls us to salvation and to do what is right, but also that He is too great for us to understand His ways. This was emphasized by describing the wonders of the natural world, because if even the things that God created are beyond our understanding, then the God who created them is much further beyond our understanding.

I tried to represent this by painting the human component of the scene small in comparison to the vast expanse of creation. Even so, humans occupy a place of focused interest. The clouds are very high in the scene, and higher than them is God, where our eyes can’t see.

The book of Job is considered by many people to be one of the greatest poems ever written. I separated each verse above into two lines, or units, to show something often used in Hebrew poetry, called parallelism. What we see here is a type called synthetic parallelism, where one unit adds to the previous unit. Parallelism is very useful for developing a thought because the second unit can explain, emphasize, or contrast with the first unit. Once you start looking for parallelism you’ll be able to see it used in many places in the Bible.

update- I added lights in the windows.

6 thoughts on “Rain Over a Mountain Town [updated]

    1. I’ve been looking at a lot of those for a while now, it’s something I want to do more of. 🙂

      Actually, some of my original sketch ideas and unsuccessful half attempts would have been much more like that, but they weren’t looking very good. Then I started this attempt and things progressed like this. At the start of this final version the only building I was going to make was the biggest one at the top, but I kept adding buildings until they reached the bottom edge. ^_^

    1. Thanks 🙂
      Now that you mention that, I’m reminded of the text about letting your light shine before others in the same way that a city on a hill can’t be hid. I didn’t plan that before adding the lights, but it seems to fit now.

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