Entering the Mandorla Art Award has been on my bucket list for a few years now. When I saw that the theme text for this year was Rev 21:1,2 I knew that I had to enter this one - I love that Bible passage!
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Rev 2:1-4
I mulled over this passage and how to create an appropriate artwork in response to it - one that is true to my style, but also does justice to the passage. I jotted down pages of notes and messy thumbnail sketches, and for the longest time, felt quite paralysed by fear and indecision - as there really is no way to do justice to such a glorious Bible passage in one artwork, or even a whole body of artwork.
After that, I figured all I could do was my best humble effort, and, although the finished artwork was not accepted into the Mandorla Art Award, I’m still so glad that I tried.