Tower of David

An impossible image of David and Jonathan in front of Jerusalem’s Tower of David. The tower was built many centuries after David’s death.

The figures are inspired by photographs by Wilhelm von Gloeden. It also features a background from my favorite Israeli photographer Noam Chen. I also read my third novelized version of the life of David but this time as a young man (The Prince’s Psalm).

David is the one sitting in a strong, regal pose, and Jonathan is the one standing in a delicate, feminine manner. They are both crowned with something. This is how it was in the original images but considering that one was a king and the other a prince, it seems appropriate.

Dedicated to my dear, Jewish friend Sara who went to Israel last year. I hope to visit one day too!

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Hi Nerissa, This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your painting with me and for your kind words. I’m happy you find my work inspirational. I do hope you’d get the opportunity to visit Israel sometime soon, you would definitely have the most memorable experience. If I can help in any way, please feel free to contact me prior. Keep up the beautiful work, and I wish you the very best of luck!

Best, Noam.

Until We Meet Again

Loss in an age of heroes.

Achilles put coins on Patroclus’  eyes for the ferryman into the underworld. Then his body was burned on a funeral pyre.

In 2 Samuel 1-27, David receives news of the death of Jonathan. In mourning, David composed a lamentation :

How the mighty have fallen
    in the midst of the battle!

Jonathan lies slain upon your high places. 

When Hephaestion left him, Alexander the Great’s grief was so uncontrollable that he soon followed his friend into the afterlife 8 months later.

In the Captive Prince, Laurent held his brother safe in his heart while avenging his death after the Battle of Marlas.

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I am that one voice
In the cold wind that whispers
And if you listen
You’ll hear me call across the sky…

Remember:
I will still be here
As long as you hold me
In your memory” – James Horner

Danse Macabre

Based on the medieval painting subject and the song by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns .

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The constellations include Cancer, Scorpio, Lyre (reminiscent of my painting of David and his lyre), Hercules, Canis Minor, and Aries. The crab is the monster that pinched Hercules in the foot while he was fighting the Hydra. Hera later  rewarded him by placing him in the sky. I was also born a Cancer 🙂 and my parents are both Scorpios .

Saint-Saëns’ music can be heard in the attached ice skating video.

Revelation 21:4 : ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

“I am the one star that keeps burning, so brightly,
It is the last light, to fade into the rising sun….

…I am the one voice in the cold wind, that whispers
And if you listen, you’ll hear me call across the sky” -Remember Me by Josh Groban for the movie Troy.

“And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
― Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

 

The Eternal David

I wrote a final paper on the story of David for my college religion class. I am now reading the novelized version of his life in King David by Allan Massie. David played the kinnor (an Israelite lyre) for Saul to cure him of his madness. There is a scene at the beginning of the book where David tends to his flock under the starry sky while composing poetry.

The boy in this painting is based on a painting by Daniel Gerhartz.

Last but not the least, I have a cute little cousin in Romania called David. So this painting is for him!

“Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah”  – Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah

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Tradusa in Romaneste pentru David sa citeasca:

Am scris examenul meu universitar final pe povestea lui David in biblie pentru cursul meu de religie. Acuma citesc versiunea novelizat despre viata lui in Regele David scris de Allan Massie. David a cantat pe un kinnor (o harpa Israelit) pentru regele Saul, care era bolnav. Este un paragrafa la inceputul cartii unde David are grija de oaie sub un cer plin de stele si aicia scrie poezi.

Baiatul in pictura e bazata pe o pictura de Daniel Gerhartz.

In Romania, am un verisor mic si dragut care o ceama si el David. Pictura asta este pentru el!