Since Palm Sunday is just around the corner, I only thought it appropriate to highlight one of my art pieces that I did a couple of years ago called “Palm Sunday.” Palm Sunday is officially the beginning of Holy Week in Christian religion and marks the time of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The book of Matthew, Chapter 21 says that ” a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those following kept shouting, ‘Hosanna, to the son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest. ” The donkey that he rode upon was symbolic of peace, thus reflecting the nature and intentions of the ruler himself.
This work was created using oil pastels on drawing paper. Typically I am at war with oil pastels because I’m not always sure how to handle them. However, one fine day back in 2010, we decided to make nice and work together.
I took a simple approach when I did this by just focusing on Jesus riding the donkey. The palm overlaps Jesus as if it were a branch hanging down in front of Him or if someone were waving it before Him. Overall it has a warm, beach-like, almost Caribbean feel. I didn’t expect to go that route but that’s how it ended up. You know how that goes, you have one idea when you start to create something, and then by the time you’re finished, it’s different than what you intended it to be.