"In the Beginning"

"In the Beginning"


24"x24" Original Charcoal Drawing on Strathmore Paper

The six wondrous days of Creation, in glorious contrast were rife with a wonder and awe that I tried to here capture—in essence, the essence of life. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:1, 31).

This image begins at the lower left and moves sequentially over and up, depicting each phase of the days of creation:

  • “Divid[ing] the light from the darkness” over the earth, “without form, and void” (Genesis 1:1-5)
  • “The firmament, [dividing] the waters [beneath] from the waters which were above” (Genesis 1:6-8)
  • “The dry land appear[ing]”, then “bring[ing] forth grass”, and trees, with “seed…after his kind” (Genesis 1:9-13)
  • “Lights…in the heaven”, both sun, moon, and stars, “to rule over the day, and…night” (Genesis 1:14-19)
  • “Every creature” to multiply: fish, birds, and beasts, and creeping things, “after his kind” (Genesis 1:20-25)
  • “Man in his…image, in the image of God…male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:26-31)
  • Allusion is made to the trees of life, and of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-25)

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