"Baptism of Fire"

Lilabstracts

Cape Town, South Africa

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Acrylic on boxed canvas, 405mm x 405mm, 2009.

My experience with this painting has been quite interesting. When I finished the painting I looked at it and thought to myself: “It just seems like such a spiritual painting.” Maybe because of the elements in the painting. The flames, fire is associated with cleansing, the white “cross” & on the opposite side is a lot of black, i.e. good opposing evil! Also at the right-hand bottom corner is a few squiggled lines which represents the veins of a heart!

I usually use phrases to name my paintings but at this point in time I have not yet thought of a name. Went about to look for the right name and came across the phrase “baptism of fire”…..I thought perfect!!

The phrase baptism of fire, known in English since 1822, is a reference to a soldier’s first experience under fire in battle.

I was happy with the name and the meaning was okay but I thought it’s just not quite right for it. The painting just seems more spiritual in meaning! I decided to look into it further and discovered that the phrase was later used of martyrdom, especially by fire….like with Joan of Arc!!

Lets just say when I read this I was happy with the name and the meaning

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