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The Joy Of Our Redemption by Al Young

The Joy Of Our Redemption

{ Eve }
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And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying:

Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.

And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying:

Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.

Moses 5:10-11

The story behind The Joy Of Our Redemption

It might seem to some—knowing this work to be a painting of Eve—that she is looking back at Eden; looking back rather longingly.  And while she could be, I believe she is looking ahead; looking out across the darkness surrounding this life, and focusing on the brightness of the future God has promised and prepared.

Eve was profoundly hopeful and full of faith.  She had fallen into darkness, and had taken a world with her in the tumble.  She was engulfed by the consequences of her own transgression, blame, self recrimination, and every other vulnerability that beats us up whenever we give way to temptation.  The darkness in which she appears in the painting is the chasm into which her world is fallen.  And, yet, in the midst of everything that had come upon her, and upon everyone she would ever love in this world, she found the salvation God had prepared for her to be more than competent to the abolition of all her problems.

She is looking toward The Light and The Life and The Truth of the world.

Darkness, or evil, seeks always to disorient.  It captivates by means of obfuscation, or lies.  In this composition, Eve sees The Light, but cannot see how to get to it.  That is part of the universal problem of Eve and all of her children.  The painting summarizes not only the problem, but shows us what to do about every step along the way.

Light is always inviting us to look up.  Light never ceases to reach toward us, to open the way before us, to lift us.  This is true whether we are talking about a moment of temptation or despair, or about an hour, a day, a lifetime, or a whole world.

The painting presents a high contrast between light and darkness.  And although the darkness is quite dark, there is actually more light in the painting—more surface area devoted to light—than the area devoted to darkness.  That's the way it always is in life.  It's easy to look at one's situation and be drawn into how dark the darkness seems, and overlook the fact that there's more light present and available already than there is darkness.

Notwithstanding the darkness of her surroundings, Eve is positively brilliant.  More light is associated with the figure of Eve than with all the rest of the painting.  When we choose to face The Light, we do so alone, just as Eve is alone in this composition.  The moment we turn toward The Light in our lives, we become greater than the darkness around us.

The light in this composition is reaching toward Eve, and we feel uplifted because light always seeks to lift.  Sometimes light illuminates the path in front of us that we must walk, and sometimes it doesn't matter whether we can see more around us because the light picks us up and carries us over what we could not see.

Light always tells the truth, and an important part of the truth about Eve, even in this fallen world, is that she is created in the image and likeness of that God from whose presence she fell.  Being true to The Light is, in the best and finest sense, being true to one's self, a self born of Eternal parents, a self more ancient than the earth, a self that will dwell forever among the stars.

Curatorial Details

The panel is Masonite. Several gesso layers were applied directly to the panel. The gesso was manufactured by Utrecht Mfg. Corp., 6 Corporate Dr., Cranbury, New Jersey 08512 USA.  Oil paints used in the creation of this painting include Old-Holland Classic Oil Colours (Driebergen, Holland), Rembrandt colors manufactured by Royal Talens, P.O. Box 4, Apeldoorn, Holland, and M. Graham & Co., West Linn, Oregon 97068 USA.  The medium used was Walnut Alkyd Medium, also manufactured by M. Graham & Co.
© By Al Young, All Rights Reserved. You may not print, copy, or reproduce this artwork or make derivative works from it without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. For permissions, please review our FAQ page.

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