Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 7″ x 5″
This time I took a chance and added some color, using a rainbow of Koh-i-Noor colored pencils. It was an interesting and useful experiment.
At the start I was thinking about the part in the book of Acts when Paul and Barnabas were in Lystra, which is in the country of Turkey today. The people there had just seen a miracle of healing done through Paul and assumed he and Barnabas were the Greek gods those people worshipped. Paul attempted to correct this mistaken belief and explain the God they worshipped while pointing out His goodness and love as seen in nature, saying “Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
My idea was to show the goodness of God in nature with a rainbow, which is both a sight of beauty and a symbol of God’s promise, amid the roughness of the rocks. Also, although the rocks are very rough at the top, at the bottom they’ve been washed smooth, to symbolize transformation of character.
Here’s the preliminary sketch. It was first roughed in with a wide pencil before adding the ink with a brush pen and a little white Conté pencil over that to lighten some of the ink.