|"Simeon's Moment" by American artist Ron DiCianni|
will result in your encouragement and
knowledge of God.
"What you will be seeing is the fruit of
decades of effort in honing my craft. I am
honored and continually amazed that God
uses these efforts in the body of Christ. I
feel it's what I was born to do.
"I realize that any painting can make you
look. I'm hoping that mine will help you
see." ~Ron DiCianni
As I listened to Morning Edition on NPR this morning, they praised the work of an artist whose paintings look like photographs. I understand the skill required to produce such a work, but I have to ask myself why. Why would one want his canvas to look like a photo? Just take a picture. Let the artistic eye of the photographer show through the shot's composition, angle, juxtaposition of light and shadow, and darkroom/Photoshop expertise. Nonetheless, that artist's work is highly acclaimed, and that's fine, but not my preference.
I prefer the complexity, the subtextual elements in a work by DiCianni. I cannot glance at one of his paintings and move on to the next. My eyes probe every square inch, seeking what is not easily seen.
Case in point: the image above. Simeon's Moment. Remember Simeon? You can read about him here. He'd served the Lord in the Temple his whole life and awaited the fulfillment of the coming of the Christ. Carefully consider DiCianni's painting. Notice the enraptured look on Simeon's face. Do you see the tear. The emotion the artist expressed with that one tear would take paragraphs for a writer to describe. Here is a close-up:
|Detail of DiCianni's Simeon's Moment|
work. Rather, there are elements of secondary
and tertiary importance to the central theme
represented in my work.
"In a painting we lessen the importance of an
element by changing its size, color, or rendering.
The lesser elements become slightly obscure
at that point. When a person 'discovers' them
later, it can seem that the element was hidden.
"This is why it is very important to study
these paintings. When you think you have the
overall theme — after you 'get it' — it can be
exciting to discover related messages that
will expand your appreciation for the things of God."
I love all of DiCianni's work that I've seen, but Simeon's Moment is definitely a favorite. What's yours?
Question: Gentle Reader, do you see other significant, subtle elements in Simeon's Moment?