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Acrylic on stretched canvas

10″ × 8″

Finished this piece today. When I stepped back and took in the overall feel of the work I was left feeling that I’d accomplished a rather beautiful work that fills me with the comfort of His strength and power.

This is an extremely powerful painting. I am just the vessel. It is not for me to do anything other than to lift the brush and let the Lord do the rest. He presents Himself in every painting differently and shares with us what He so wills. Some of my paintings are full of His love and joy, some are much more in tune with the suffering of Christ. This painting is another aspect to the Lord yet again and is so powerful in that He overcame the World. He overcame and defeated the son of Perdition and is victorious over him for all eternity. The sense of eternal power, a sense of the Risen Lord after He descended in the dead….it’s all in this painting.

I don’t expect this painting to be appreciated by those that prefer the softer, more subtle side of Jesus. In my paintings I do not like to depict a weak and timid Jesus. It was no weak and timid Jesus who died on the Cross and suffered for us. As much as I allow the Lord to use me as His vessel, it is more often His immense power through His suffering that I most often attune to when I paint Him and I feel this outpouring of His grace guiding my work.

I believe this painting is meant for someone out there who feels the way that I do about the Lord and knows just how much He is the Just Judge as well as the Merciful Jesus and understands and appreciates this balance.

I was led to this Scripture verse when I finished the painting….John 16:16-33

16 A little while, and now you shall not see me; and again a little while, and you shall see me: because I go to the Father. 17 Then some of the disciples said one to another: What is this that he saith to us: A little while, and you shall not see me; and again a little while, and you shall see me, and, because I go to the Father? 18 They said therefore: What is this that he saith, A little while? we know not what he speaketh. 19 And Jesus knew that they had a mind to ask him; and he said to them: Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said: A little while, and you shall not see me; and again a little while, and you shall see me? 20 Amen, amen I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

21 A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22 So also you now indeed have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice; and your joy no man shall take from you. 23 And in that day you shall not ask me any thing. Amen, amen I say to you: if you ask the Father any thing in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto you have not asked any thing in my name. Ask, and you shall receive; that your joy may be full. 25 These things I have spoken to you in proverbs. The hour cometh, when I will no more speak to you in proverbs, but will shew you plainly of the Father.

26 In that day you shall ask in my name; and I say not to you, that I will ask the Father for you: 27 For the Father himself loveth you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world, and I go to the Father. 29 His disciples say to him: Behold, now thou speakest plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now we know that thou knowest all things, and thou needest not that any man should ask thee. By this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

31 Jesus answered them: Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, and it is now come, that you shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence, I have overcome the world.

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  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 1 year ago
  • Thank you Sherry and Merry Christmas to you as well

    – Tahnja

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Very unusual, Tahnja, and beautifully, poignantly sad. One eye looks directly at us, and the other directly to heaven.

  • I agree, it is very unusual and a different type of painting. Yes, the sadness is there. The world is a sad place which He overcame. I did not notice the different eye gaze, also very interesting. Thank you Frannie!

    – Tahnja

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarover 1 year ago

    Stunning, inspirational painting!!

  • Thank you so much Pam…I really appreciate your comment

    – Tahnja

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 1 year ago

    Lovely, And a very appropriate day to post it .The 12-12-12 day of meditation..To me it depicts the human consciousness.Worn to a frazzle but victorious…..jeff

  • Thanks

    – Tahnja

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 1 year ago


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  • Oh my gosh would you look at those artworks! Goodness me, thank you so much for the feature! I’m stunned

    – Tahnja

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 1 year ago

    The eyes say it all Tahnja; very powerful. He also looks like he is floating on dark water with gold ripples forming around his head – around his mind; and as he sinks, his eyes will be the last to die as he continues to look up at the light.

  • Indeed, His power in this painting is really intense…not for the faint of faith that’s for sure. Love your perceptions of this painting! The dark water never occured to me….kinda reminds me of the scene in the 2nd Terminator movie when he’s melted in the vat, slowly sinking into the hot flames.

    – Tahnja

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    deborah zaragozaover 1 year ago


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  • Thank you!

    – Tahnja

  • Matty B. Duran
    Matty B. Duranover 1 year ago

    Amazing work! May our Lord Jesus Christ put His blessings upon you!

    His worker)

  • Thank you so much my friend….really appreciate that!

    – Tahnja

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 1 year ago

    Amazing work and eyes. Excellent

  • Thank you so very much Joy!

    – Tahnja

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 1 year ago

    Stunning painting truly a masterpiece.

  • High praise indeed Renate…it is certainly a very powerful piece and I’m very moved by it. Thank you so much!

    – Tahnja

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