Copyright Valerie Sjodin 2011
I have just come across a beautiful blog called Visual Blessings by Valerie Sjodin
and I had to share it because it spoke so deeply to my heart. She is one gifted lady and you will be very blessed by her work.
Here is her blog entry for this piece:
Set Free is the second piece in the current series I'm working on. The first was posted on April 25, 2011, I Want to be a Visionary (image shown below). The inspiration for this series is taken from my journal and journey, and are for me a type of symbolic visual devotional. So I'll include here some of the Scripture that inspired the painting and my writing.
The symbolism in this painting is more straightforward. When working on the bird I read an article telling about how finches were taken from the wild because of their red plumage and captured to be sold as domestic birds. Eventually, it was found out and they were set free. So I chose red for the color of the bird wings, symbolizing us as humans who are also made to be free. The cerulean blue of the word freedom and outlining of images is to reflect the freedom and open space of the blue sky.
Psalm 124:6-8 NIV
"Praise be to the LORD…
We have escaped like a bird out of a fowler's snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth."
"Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." - 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…." - Galatians 5:1 NIV
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of the life set me free
from the law of sin and death."
Romans 8:1-2 NIV
The Spirit of truth will set you free.
from John 8:32
So go check out the rest of her beautiful work if you have time and be blessed.
Hugs and blessings everyone.