The Crash  by Matthew Scotland

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Acrylic paint on stretched canvas.

a strong and rather harrowing dream I’ve had is of a city destroyed by water.

51:42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.

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  • kamel
    kamelabout 6 years ago

    nice work good colors

  • thanks Camel, it turned out good from a shaky start

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthabout 6 years ago

    Amazing depiction of an event such as this would be, it looks like you lived it in your mind and it came as frightening as it would be, great job

  • thanks larry – it was a vivid dream

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathabout 6 years ago

    wow, your dream must have been deeply etched into your mind. really vibrant work!

  • cheers linda, yes stamped firmly into the brain

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Phineous "Flash"   Cassidy
    Phineous "Flas...about 6 years ago

    wild stuff
    dont no about that religous stuff though

  • thanks Igo – lol,i’m no big fan of religion either, but such power in the words of that book

    – Matthew Scotland

  • bamagirl38
    bamagirl38about 6 years ago

  • wow thankyou – woohoo!!

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaabout 6 years ago

    Spine tingling stuff. The waves of truth come crashing in on the sins of the city.

    Cleansing waters come to purify the earth. Martyrs and Saints are made during and following the aftermath. God uses what is His to do what He must to a would that has turned it’s back on Him.

    Painful imagery, a warning of what is to come but as is so often the case, the warning will go unheard by so many…and so the sadness remains, the statues and holy images continue to weep and why do They weep? How obvious is it….

    I just sit here taking this in because the way you have depicted this is astonishing.

  • ‘the waves of truth…’ – now i like that- loving your description – a twisted section in my brain tried to make me paint the Lord riding in on a surfboard, weirdly funny to myself but it just felt so wrong to share

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaabout 6 years ago

    that’s meant to say ‘to a *world that’s turned it’s back on Him"…sorry

  • no not good enough – its over, sorry, ‘the would turning its back’ just flipped my lid, i cannot be doing with speeling mitsakes

    – Matthew Scotland

  • margaretfraser
    margaretfraserabout 6 years ago

    fantastic work

  • thanks margaret

    – Matthew Scotland

  • rosepepper
    rosepepperabout 6 years ago

    wonderful! you have captured the most dramatic moment, water rising to attack and engulf the city… a battle front…luv the sky & the rich gray tones. great work.

  • thanks rose, i like that idea too – a battlefront – a moment between the two sides colliding – thankyou

    – Matthew Scotland

  • Robert O'Neill
    Robert O'Neillabout 6 years ago

    “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’
    11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you,[e] and you shall find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’

  • thanks for that Rob, theres so much in there its frightening. that great and terrible day will bring such extreme opposites of despair and rejoicing.

    – Matthew Scotland

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