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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
October 6th, 2014 by Joel Watts

Another painting – I blame the slight loss of oxygen

This is my first painting since my whatever-it-was-freak out-episode.

The first picture is what I started with. I have no idea what I’m doing.



Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


8 Responses to “Another painting – I blame the slight loss of oxygen”
  1. Know More Than I Should says

    The first one cause me to ask: Interesting; wonder where this is going?

    The second caused me to think that I liked the first one better.

    While I suspect that I might have a vague idea what you’re trying to do, I have absolutely no idea of how to go about telling you to get there. Then, that is the nature of art. As with science, much of it consists of exploration and dead ends. Only occasionally do bursts of pure genius spring forth to inspire humankind.

    However, one thing I do know for certain. If one is is deeply involved in academic pursuits, it’s usually a splendid idea to have a distracting outlet. A judge in the family has a collection of miniature sailing ships all built while he was studying to pass the bar. As he explained back then, he had to do something with his hands to keep from going absolutely bonkers!

    • to be honest, I like the first one better myself. I should have stopped there.

      • Know More Than I Should says

        Here’s an idea. If you come across this again – assuming that you have the luxury of both time and money to working on something else in the interim – set the initial concept aside. Put it up where you can see it. Think about it. Decide what fits.

        Quite often humans get into trouble because of a n overwhelming urge to do something. God made man for contemplation. That’s why he gave him a cerebral capacity beyond that of lower animals. Even the brightest of the critters never quite gets beyond the mental development of a toddler.

        While some animals are faster than humans and others are stronger. than man, none can out think him or her. Some species of monkeys can even out perform college undergraduates on push-button random memory tests, but none have yet been able to devise either the machine or the associated algorithm required for the test.

        The problem, of course, is that sometimes man outsmarts himself!

  2. I first is obviously coral at 2000 foot depth.
    The second is obviously coral on Europa (impressionistic).

    • Know More Than I Should says

      Oh, no! It had to be a profile of half an antler rack.

      Then, this is precisely what makes impressionism so entertaining. Everyone comes away with their own impression of what they saw.

      In this regard, visual art resembles literature and theology. Not everyone sees things the same way.

  3. “Not everyone sees things the same way”… That’s for sure!

    • Know More Than I Should says

      Difficulties develop, especially in philosophy, politics, and theology, when one comes to the conclusion that one’s view of thing is the only correct one.

      I tend to agree with Judge Learned Hand when he said, “I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that ye may be mistaken.” I should like to have that written over the portals of every church, every school, and every courthouse, and, may I say, of every legislative body in the United States. I should like to have every court begin, “I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that we may be mistaken.”

  4. The first one has a 3D hologram “look” to it, which I would imagine was accidental, but I like it.

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