Monday, February 14, 2011

Celebrating Love

Water To Wine 
by Cheryl White
Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 36"
 Happy Valentines Day!  This is a good day to post my first Water To Wine painting from about 3 or 4 years ago . Water To Wine is a theme I revisited often over the last years.   This was a really fun painting to do and it belongs to the Rauhausers.

I was inspired by the story of  the miracle Jesus performed at the wedding in Cana.  I love the idea of showing the blue water pouring out and turning purple and red as it is flowing down. Layers wine of it curve and flow over the wedding guests and bride and groom as if their cares and worries were being washed away.  This was a celebration after all, and everyone looks happy.

People sometimes skim over this miracle as if it isn't as important as some of the other ones, where blind people receive sight, or the lame are able to walk again.  There was no life or death situation here.  But, in that culture, running out of wine before the end of the wedding celebration would have been a grave humiliation for the host.  I actually like this miracle best, because it shows us that Jesus cared about what we care about.  What a perfect example of love.