Friday, April 5, 2013

New version of an old icon: Elijah and the little cloud rising from the sea.

Apparition of the Virgin of Mt. Carmel to the Prophet Elijah.
Terry Nelson, 2013
acrylic and gold on 11 x 14 panel.

I've painted the same event in the past, but this time I added the servant who informs the Prophet of the 'little cloud rising from the sea' as well as more vegetation to suggest Mt. Carmel as garden.  The vine at the feet of Elijah suggests the Blessed Virgin's title 'vine blossom laden' as well as the order of Carmel, which traces it's roots to Elijah and the ancient hermits of Mt Carmel.