Rainbow Art as a sign of Hope in the Wilderness. Genesis 9 verses 12 to 16. The bible is still relevant. I was sent a rainbow to follow on two occasions when my sat nav did not work due to the locations. I was lost in a wilderness and lead to safety by following the bottom of the rainbow to get to my pilgrimage destinations. Once, when I was going to St Peters Chapel in Bradwell on Sea and again, to Saint Winefried’s well and shrine at Holywell in North Wales.
When I was lost it just popped in my head to follow the bottom of the rainbow. I found my pot of gold in God’s riches in these places of sanctuary. The rainbow is a symbol of hope in the Bible and this is why so many of my painting titles have the word rainbow in them. I called this painting “Rainbows Everywhere” as thanks to God for sending me the rainbows and leading me out of my spiritual wilderness.
Rainbow Art inspired by Saint Winefried’s well and shrine at Holywell
I immersed myself 3 times in Holywell stating that I believe in the Holy Trinity. It was a transformation. It was symbolic of baptism and a new start. The art represents this greater symbol of hope in Jesus Christ in an abstract and contemporary way. All sins forgiven and the hope in a new day. I use my talent or gift of painting in the best way I know how: to celebrate. It makes me happy when my art makes others happy.
I aim to stay present and witness the small miracles and wonder that happen in every day moments. If I focus on the positive and joy, it helps me cope with the wilderness times in life. In the past I have struggled with anxiety and depression and Jesus Christ healed me so I know he is real from this experience. If I struggle mildly now, I choose to be grateful and it changes my focus and attitude. This is also the teaching from the Christian Greek Orthodox Holy Fathers. Saint Sophrony and Saint Silouan pray to God for us. I was also lead to a monastery and helped by their prayers by a painting commission but that is a story for another day “Gunmetal Sky” armour of God.
The Bible verse about rainbows representing the sign of the covenant between God and the earth is found in Genesis 9 verses 12 to 16.