Favourite – Meaningful Pictures

Certain paintings or pictures can have a very special meaning. Art can at times be a thing of the heart. Memories mingle with the image for many reasons and the secret is known only to the individual viewer. That is the wonder of the watercolour painting – the colours of the painting can and often do colour emotions in a positive way there is empathy and delight. A painting can speak 1000’s of words. The displayed painting is such a picture.

wesley

WHAT’S IN A NAME? 
Some artist’s are familiar, Turner, Constable, Ashley Jackson are remembered, whilst others are forgotten like Henry Perlee Parker, but his painting is familiar with many who have no interest in art. For Henry Parker placed on canvas the scene at Epworth Rectory on 9th February, 1709 when the small boy John (Jackie) Wesley was rescued from a raging fire. 

WELL ALIGHT AT NIGHT. 
The small boy was rescued and snatched from death as the flames closed in on him. It was a dramatic event indeed. Reproductions of that original by Parker are to be found all over the land and beyond in innumerable homes, halls and vestries.

WESLEY ROUSED BY NOISE. 
He was not yet six years of age when this happened, and it is not surprising that at such an impressionable age it stamped itself on his memory. It became a sign of God’s hand upon him. Increasingly John Wesley realized that he had been delivered for a purpose. The noise of the raging fire woke him from sleep in the top bedroom of the rectory.

WELL REMEMBERED AND NOTED. 
He referred to himself in the words of Scripture as “a brand plucked out of the fire” (Zechariah 3.2) that night was and still is remembered by many across the world in anniversary of his deliverance. After his evangelical conversion, after he got saved from sin he recognised himself as a brand plucked from the burning in a spiritual sense also.

It is true that some paintings carry more meaning than others and it is the message of the painting that matters and not so much the name of the artist.

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