“Watchman”… a painting for an Advent Cantata

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“Watchman” 40″ X 30″ Original Acrylic painting on 1 3/4″ gallery wrap canvas

It’s that time of year when my thoughts turn to the Trinity Presbyterian’s Advent Cantata. I am busy rehearsing it and this year the music is especially beautiful with Joseph Martin’s and Heather Sorenson’s new Cantata “Christmas Dreams”. Some years the music just calls for an art piece and this year was one of those.  The Advent Cantata is being performed the first weekend in December which corresponds to the first weekend of Advent so I needed to paint the art piece early.

This last weekend was the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour and since I am asked to do a demo during those three days; I felt it was a great time to work on the Advent painting. Some of you who came to the Open Studio saw it in the process.

My original idea was a Child’s Dream where a small  Christmas Manger would be under a tree and the ornaments would consist of Magi, Shepards and the Christ Child. One of the guests during the tour said, “keep it simple”.  I took it to heart since I myself was not sure the first version would really tell the story I wanted it to.  So since I work very fluidly and intuituve, the “Watchman” came to be.

Now the symbolism gives a profound statement to the beautiful words in the song  The Promise and the Prayer, “Here the music of the stars, words of hope from ancient bards. People hear the glad Noel: God will come, Emanuel.”

If you want to know more about the Trinity Music Program visit their site here.

Come and enjoy this beautiful and free Cantata with full orchestra.

 Dec. 2, 2018 at 9:00am or 11:00am.

 Trinity Presbyterian Church

630 Park Ave. Prescott AZ.

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