Koinonia

I wanted to let you in on a new painting I was privillaged to do...God totally has plans for it!  I hope the true meaning of the words settles into your very being.  If you are a Christ follower than let the meaning of the word govern how you live your life in the community with other believers.  If you aren't please know that you are welcome into this community of love, trust, and sense that we are all one under Christ.  I hope you'll enjoy knowing my process of how this painting came into being.

Koinonia is the anglicisation of a Greek word (κοινωνία) that means communion by intimate participation 

the image is 40 x 60 inches (roughly 3 1/2 x 5 feet)

 
An up close view 

This is the process of how I got there...at one point I was on my knees thanking God that he leads me in mysterious ways - all the while allowing me to create in such small ways compared to his greatness.  

I'm in awe of how detailed and complicated this definition is...which is why I feel the piece became more detailed and complicated the more I dove into it.  The depth of this definition can be read in Wikipedia (which is the source I used to write the definition within the painting).

 

 

 I thought I would use put the definition into a type of crossword puzzle look like I had done before but God had different plans this time... As I was praying over the canvas I saw a banner with the word, Koinonia, over it...as I was finishing up painting the banner I saw out of the corner of my eye what looked like a ranch sign (what the painting looked like to me) so I thought I should put a 'ranch' type house under the banner...As I was thinking about the definition: More and more I realized that a single houe wouldn't convey the meaning of the definition to the extent that I wanted it too...back to the drawing board...this shows a road leading into multiple communities......then I started thinking of the definition being the road which the community is built upon...
This shows the end result of what I came up with and was happy with...a network of roads (the definition) which multiple communities are separate yet one...all interconnected.
 

 

 The glaze is drying on the 'hills' of grass (words)another picture of the glaze dryingThe 'fireworks' as I like to think of them, coming out of the houses, represent what we want to be sharing with the world or allowing the world to see into our community...we don't want to keep it to ourselves....Although the 'p' in participation...and therefore all the other beginning words of the main definition are being used as the roads connecting everything I felt that people wouldn't be able to see that so I added a green letter in front to show the whole word.The Greek work for Koinonia