Yesterday I launched my Kickstarter campaign for Messenger, a piece of musical theatre I wrote inspired by the biblical book of Malachi. I wrote Messenger earlier this year and now have the opportunity to have it arranged and recorded professionally. Through Kickstarter, I am seeking to raise the needed funds. You can learn about and support this project by clicking HERE. My dad and professional artist, Jim Connelly, created a painting to serve as the image and logo of Messenger. This painting is featured on several of the rewards for giving, such as postcards, notecards, and prints. Even the original painting is being offered! Today I asked my dad a couple questions about his painting so you can learn a bit more about this beautiful piece of art.
ANNA What materials did you use to make this painting?
JIM It is a 9×10 oil painting on hardwood board.
ANNA What inspired you to paint this subject and in this style?
JIM I wanted to convey more of a feeling – something that you can’t see. I think what inspired me were just the ideas from the book of Malachi that had to do with the messenger. There was a recurring theme of fire in the book; an idea that the messenger himself is like fire. Malachi 3:1-2 says,
“Behold, I am going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.”
Then again in Malachi 4:1,
“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be like chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”
An example of this is the sun and the heat of the sun and the enormity of its fire. In that sense, the painting is an abstract landscape.