Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Come with Me
By Ramone - June 17, 2003
I bought a delightful little book called "Bilbo's Last Song", which contains J.R.R. Tolkien's last poem of the Lord of the Rings & Hobbit series, a kind of nostalgic farewell to Middle Earth. It's illustrated by Pauline Baynes, perhaps most famous for her pictures in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series. Her artwork has a jewel-like innocent quality to it, and I wanted to try and mimic that here (as well as the circular hobbit view of life!) in this picture.
It took a bit of thinking, and I'm not happy with the colored pencils because it evokes that old Sunday-school coloring book feel, but then maybe that's not a bad thing since He wants us to see His Kingdom through eyes like a child's! So in this picture we see Jesus, taking me (and you) by the hand from the tomb. The stone is rolled away, and paradise opens before us with the Tree of Life and the City of God beyond the rolling hills and clear sky. Come to think of it, there is no path before us because He is "the Way", and He will lead us in His river of delights.