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
Ponderosa State Park, Idaho
acrylic on paper, 8 X 10
Small, Imperfect, Impermanent Series
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!
The following is one of the paintings with notes from my Extinct & Almost Extinct project –
Western Lily –
The Western Lily is a perennial flower that reaches a height of five feet. It can be distinguished from other native lilies by its unique coloring, non-spreading stamens, and unbranched bulb. It grows at the edges of marshes, in poorly drained forests or thickets, and in coastal prairie and scrub forest near the ocean. In 1987 only 25 populations survived in an area that extends for 200 miles in southern Oregon and northern California. In 1994 it was listed as an endangered species by the federal government.
A number of factors have combined to threaten the survival of the Western Lily; the clearing and draining of wetlands, the development of cranberry agriculture, competition by shrubs and trees for suitable growing sites, and the collection of its bulbs by lily growers, breeders, and other horticultural enthusiasts.
The primary effort to restore the Western Lily is to establish populations within protected and managed areas. To save the lily a coalition of federal, state, and local governments, industry, and private landowners is needed. Twenty areas have been designated as viable places for populations to exist, and the goal is to have 1,000 plants in each area. To create suitable habitat, programs have been developed for controlled cattle and goat grazing, manual clearing, conservation easements, and a genetic management plan to enhance the population. These efforts offer promise for the survival of this beautiful flower.