“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”
Figure in Landscape No 18 2005
Oil Painting on Linen 750 x 1050mm
This is the first completed work from a new group of paintings which take their metaphoric inspiration from the Beatitudes. These were proclaimed by Jesus as a part of his sermon on the mount as recorded in Matthews Gospel. This painting is also a part of the Figure in Landscape series although other works in this group move away from the single tree in portrait format.
The mount is a place of hardship – with the best views in the world. It is a place of high bitter winds, fire ravished ridgelines and scorching shade less sun. With little soil and that sandy, the trees are shaped by hardness, bent over, struggling toward the light.
This tree is between a rock and a hard place yet the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. God’s revelation is clear for all to see. We are without excuse.
This tree hungers after righteousness – the light. It is seeking life as it reaches desperately for the late afternoon sun counterbalanced by its long and many roots which in thirst reach over the rocks and plunge down a mere crack to gather scant water. The soil long washed away, perhaps caused by the cliff face collapsing, has left an amazing balancing act of survival.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matt 5:6
What a ripper! ...and strangely familiar Russell as you wonderful artwork (and basis) transports me out of the office and out on the Vale looking west up the wild Grose River into the Greater Blue Mountians World Heritage Area; glad to see this special place inspires others also!
Went looking for this loverly tree seems it was burnt down in the last bush fire unfortunately
May it sprout from its roots again someday.
I'll head out and check it this week. I can't remember a Fire there since I visited last but then a lot of local idiots burn fires there indescriminately, I'll post the result soon
Alas Diamonddoug the tree is no more. It doesn't look like it has been touched by fire and is violently split below the break. This could be lightning but no other signs of heat would make it probably vandalism: A tow rope and 4WD which are still insisting on breaking hrough barriers to desicrate the area. There has been a fire - burn off and some control measures near the location. As a memorial I am uploading a sketch I did today. Check it in the paintings and Art sections.
Thankfully the tree lives on in your fantastic photo. I looked for a long time to try and find the tree as I only live over in Glenbrook. When I looked at Google Earth photo again I then realize I seen the root of that one prode tree.
Thanks for your confirmation that I was looking at the sad remains of a tragic destruction
I was hoping that it might have been somewhere else.
Thanks for the compliment Doug. Just a small point it is an oil painting not a Photo. So I am rather inimately attached to the location spending six months a few days a week painting these trees. Thanks for taking the time Rusell
I am very impressed by your paintings and the locations of others you posted. You have found some lovely subjects.
Thank you so much for wisdom and encouragement of your first comment. Love the comparison of righteousness and the light. Longing for righteousness can be very hard indeed in the world full of injustice we live in. How comforting for our suffering world are Christ's words you shared through your painting and words. Thank you.
Love and Peace to you,
Thanks Eo,eo You have reminded me to post another of this beatudes series which is now finished. Blessed are the poor. I will do so tonight. I am working on three others and of course I have a few more to go. Russell
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Photo taken in Grose Vale NSW, Australia
Misplaced? Suggest new location