This picture was the first one I painted during the pandemic, needing to remind myself of the verses from Psalm 23 that say, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me. ” (New King James version)
All of my paintings from 2020 have a sense of darkness and foreboding, but in each one, there is an element of hope and trust in a faithful Father.
As I painted I found myself adding more vegetation and then a stream of water to the valley. God reminded me that the valley we are passing through is the valley of the shadow of death. It is not like Death Valley in the USA which is so dry and hot that little can survive in it. The “shadow” of death is fear. As we go through the valley, God provides water to refresh us, as well as his constant presence.
The painting measures 40cm by 50cm. It is heavily textured using tissue paper, strong PVA glue and textured mineral paste, to give a three dimensional effect to the chasm. It is over painted with acrylic paint.
You can see the process of building up this very textured piece on YouTube here.