FEAR has two meanings. ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise’. Seeing the face of truth gives us courage to do the latter.
Today’s blog post documents my latest acrylic art piece, and centres on the topic of IDENTITY.
Titled “Burning Bush”, it is an inspiration from the book of Exodus, where Moses encounters God in the form of a burning bush, is issued his mission which he tries to run away from out of fear, before finally embracing his true identity. “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)
Like Moses, we often live in fear of our true identity and are afraid to take the road of authenticity. This very fear forces us to create a false self, a huge lie behind which we hide thinking that this is our real personality: using it to make us appear more attractive, popular, or successful in a false attempt to buy ourselves love and acceptance.
So “Who am I?” And what is my true identity?
There are many in this world whose agendas will confuse us and prevent us from living as our truest selves. Sadly, if we do not define ourselves first and allow the world to define us instead, we lose our identity. We float around aimlessly without an anchor, relying on others to complete us, instead of sharing our completeness with others.
On the Artwork:
After priming canvas, base coat of paint for this piece utilises Lamp Black and Raw Umber. Main paints used for the bush are Yellow Ochre and Raw Umber, and flame is achieved through Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Titanium White, and Winsor Violet.