Legend of the Dogwood by Marsha Elliott

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Legend of the Dogwood

At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus’ cross.

To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. "Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals.

“In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember.”

Winsor Newton paint on Arches 140# coldpress

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  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago


    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
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  • Thank you for the invitation.

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 2 years ago

    wonderful work Marsha!

  • Thank you very much, Charmiene! Happy Easter!

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 2 years ago

    Lovely image and information !
    Happy Easter

  • Happy Easter to you, too, Renee…..thank you!

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    beautiful image

  • thank you, Martina….Happy Easter!

    – Marsha Elliott

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 2 years ago

    you paint such beauty,, and what a wonderful dedication to our Lord… to include his story..Happy Easter my friend,this is truly glorious♥

  • Wow, thank you, Linmarie….you touched my heart with your words. Happy Easter to you & your family.

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 2 years ago


  • Thanks a bunch, Lora. Wishing you a Happy Easter!

    – Marsha Elliott

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Fabulous work Marsha! Love your choice of background colors! Wonderful write up also!

  • Thank you for your nice comment, Angie….hope you have a Blessed Easter.

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 2 years ago

    Marsha, I’d never hear this b4, but appropriate description. What a beautiful paining…once again!!!! Have a very blessed Easter.

  • Thanks, Sally. You have a Blessed Easter as well.

    – Marsha Elliott

  • countrygarden
    countrygardenover 2 years ago

    so pretty!

  • Thank you for your visit & nice comment. :)

    – Marsha Elliott

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    Lovely work Marsha.

  • Thank you very much, Kay…..Happy Easter!

    – Marsha Elliott

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