Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Starting on Ezra

I am back! It has been a couple of years without any progress on this project. I am still endeavouring to keep working on it. Still haven't finished my piece on 2 Chronicles. But got inspired by Ezra, so I decided to keep going and hopefully come back to Chronicles later.

Ezra 3 has no verse 16 in it, hence moving forward to chapter 4:3

But Zerubbabel and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.

Friday, 19 September 2014

A bit stuck.

And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars, and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains. 2 Chronicles 3:16

This verse talks about the two massive pillars that stood in front of Solomon's temple. They even had names: Jachin and Boaz.
This verse especially describes the decoration on the capitals of these pillars.

I have compared 1 Kings 7:15-22 and 2 Kings 25:17 with Chronicles and have come to the conclusion that:
The pillars were made of bronze.
On top were 2 rows of pomegranates attached to chains.
Above that were nets of checker work and wreaths of chain work.
Above that was lily work.

Pomegranates made appropriate ornaments for the temple, not only because of their intrinsic beauty but also they appeared on the hight priest's robe (E. 28:33). OK I know what they look like. But what about nets of checker work or lily work?

No one knows exactly how these pillars must have looked, that's why I came across divers renderings when I googled.

I have been pondering over the design for a while now.....And I am very stuck.....I do have a slight idea (see my sketch book scribbles), but have no idea yet HOW to make it and WHICH technique to use and WHAT materials to choose.

I know I do procrastinate when I am in that state. I just have to start on testing a few things. Experimentation is the key here I guess. Let's start tomorrow :)

some pillar designs and pomegranates I came across.

which one is the most Biblically accurate

what to use??? paper, copper thread, silk, monoprinting??? Trying to use my stash.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Unveiling 1 chronicles 3:16

I finished the quilting and it has turned out quite nice. It's never perfect....but that's another story :)
I am happy that this piece is conveying my thoughts about families, genealogies, David's lineage, and offspring. But judge for yourselves:
Detail quitling tree and water
A detail

Detail tree free motion sewing
and other detail

1 Chronicles 3:16 finished. Tree roots, symbolizing David and his sons, continuity of God's work, Hope in living waters

The finished quilt. A tree with roots, planted along the streams. The smaller trees symbolizing the sons of David. The reddish strip with the verse symbolizing the continuity of Gods' work using sinful man. Hope only by feeding from the waters of Life.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

from sketch to before-quilting stage

Here some pictures from what I have been working on last week and this week. Based on "And the sons of Johoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.

sketch to work from

Colour scheme I wanted to use, but not so happy with the brown. Have been trying to find a good 'tree' fabric, but in the end I decided.......

tree sketch on fabric
to actually draw the outlines on fabric and paint 'whole cloth :)' I thought of using inktense pencils, but I couldn't get the colours I wanted, so I tried acrylic inks. I have a limited range and used mainly red, blue, yellow, white. and mixed a lot.

tree painting with acrylic inks on fabric
That has been a good decision I think. This is my first whole cloth painting and it's very exciting!

finshed painting ready for quilting
Finished painting, ready for quilting now!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Chronicles thought process

sketch, tree, stream, roots

1 Chronicles 3:16 And the sons of Johoikamim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.

It's a good habit in reading the Bible from cover to cover. Although I am sometimes tempted to skip over the genealogies....All these names, what do they have to say?

But I read an interesting article by J.C. Ryle why genealogies are important:
  • God always keeps His Word.
  • The sinfulness and corruption of human nature. 
  • How great is the mercy and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For these interested in the full article:

This verse is about 3 descendants of David. I have read that the Davidic dynasty was very impressive indeed: the crown passed regularly from father to son in an unbroken string extending though 18 generations, covering almost 400 years.

From his family, as concerning the flesh, Christ came.

As for this piece I was thinking about a tree, roots, fruit/leaves, names, continuity, water, Psalm 1.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

It needs to represent all the above thoughts, so I have sketched a tree with lots of roots a waterstream, a leafy crown, shoots etc.

I am looking forward to working on it!!

Next time more about techniques.

Inspiration from my dutch friend AnneMinke:

And loads of tree inspiration here in Auckland :)

Tree in the Domain

And the nice ones in Cornwall park, One tree hill


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

no decision yet

So this is where I left off. I liked to try the opposite: Instead of working with cream strips on orange background I decided to tear up the orange fabric and work on a cream fabric. And I tried to curve the strips.
torn strips
Torn strips

valley full of ditches with torn strips
The result: more depth, but less interesting texture wise.

This is the back of the new one. I like all the stitch lines and rubbed some inktense blocks over them. Quite cool! But just for fun :)
So now I am left with 2 pieces, neither of them completely satisfactory. But I still gravitate towards my first piece, although the 2nd has more depth. I might just go for it, frame it and get it over and done with :)

In the meantime I have been mulling over the next verse: 1Ch 3:16
And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.
I'll let you know my thoughts in the next post.

Friday, 11 July 2014


Ok, I tried....And it looks quite cool. But it doesn't portray a valley with water pools. Maybe...with a bit of imagination :) I think I am going to give it another try. By doing this I think (I might) have figured out how to bring in the depth. Risking another fail, but alas that's how I learn. If the second try fails I might give up though...

Feel free to give any tips on how to bring in the depth of the valley!

And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.