Abraham and the Sacrifice of Issac

12″ x 16″ acrylic on paper, 2019

Abraham and the Sacrifice of Issac

God decided to test Abraham’s obedience by ordering him to take his son born of Sarah, Issac, to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him as a burnt offering to God himself. Abraham obeyed and when they had reached the mountain the wood for burning was tied to Issac’s back and they climbed the mountain to the site of sacrifice. Issac was bound and placed on the altar. As Abraham raised the knife to slit his son’s throat an angel commanded him to stop which he did. For his obedience to God the angel promised Abraham victory over his enemies and that his descendants would be as countless as “the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the seashore.”

This story has many interpretations and some see it as an example of God’s mercy for sparing Issac. Many see it as a point in the faiths of Abraham, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, where it was established that complete, unquestioning obedience must be given to God. Even if it was something as radical as slaughtering one’s own son the rewards could be great. At times this absolute obedience was extended to those claimed to be the spokesmen of God as well.

This moment is described in Genesis 22.

Mark W McGinnis

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Nine Recent Paintings — Mark W. McGinnis — 1-10-2019

The following are nine recent paintings and details from my Untitled painting series — all are 18″ x 24″, acrylic on panel

untitled 169

untitled 170
untitled 166

untitled 165
untitled 164

untitled 163

untitled 162

untitled 161
untitled 168

Small, Imperfect, Impermanent Series (7 photos)

This is a series small acrylic painting on paper (8″ X 8″ & 8″ X 10″). They are all close-up images of nature, mostly from parks around the country. The objective of the paintings is to encourage the viewer to look closely for the small beauties around them.

“Lava Rock” Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho acrylic on paper
“Sandstone” Harris Beach State Park, Oregon acrylic on paper
“Sea Fig” Point Reyes National Seashore, California acrylic on paper
“Scarring on Saguaro Cactus” White Tank Regional Park, Arizona acrylic on paper
“Cherry Blossoms” Tidal Basin, Washington DC acrylic on paper
“Melting Snow, Moss, Lichens” Celebration Park, Snake River, Idaho acrylic on paper
“Wet Driftwood” Harris Beach State Park, Oregon acrylic on paper

 

 

 

 

Mark W McGinnis Small Gallery

This Spring I decided to start doing some local art festivals to try to reach a different audience for my new work. Here is the results:

Festival 1 — Uhaul manager over slept and we had over an hour delay in getting our van — we had a mad rush to get the display set up in time

Festival 2 — got the van but my storage unit would not open the gate so we could not get my canopy and most of the artwork for the display — we gleaned enough stuff from my studio for an adequate display

Festival 3 — got the van and all my stuff and set up on time — after 2 hours a horrible wind storm came up and blew over all my easels and nearly flew away my canopy (no major damage to the art)– the wind continued and a mad rush ensued by all the exhibitors to pack up and get out of there

Now with all this you might surmise that I am ready to throw in the towel but I am not. I had many wonderful discussions with people and even an unexpected large sale. So,wiser from experience I will continue, mainly next year.

Below are some images — before the storm!