Isaiah 25:4 (ANIV)
You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm…
TIME OF DAY:
I’ve set the scene towards the end of the day.
Dwindling daylight is diffused by the many falling snow flakes.
A pair of Robin’s on a nest, with 2 hatchlings.
This is a 2010 Christmas card design.
The scripture is Isaiah’s recognition that it is God who provides a refuge for the poor & needy in distress; a shelter from the storm. This is simply my way of showing that reality. In this case God is providing a shelter for a family of Robins.
The Robin’s on their nest are European Robins, whose scientific name is Erithacus rubecula.
The prickly bush is of couse European Holly, also called English Holly (Ilex aquifolium) I discovered that it has another name, Christ’s Thornbush… I never knew that!
I enjoyed creating the icicles, snow & blizzard, even if it did take quite a while to colour in!
I wanted the viewer to see that the little family of Robins are safe & snug in their nest, protected from the wind & snow storm by the arching canopy of thorny Holly leaves. The idea is that the blizzard is savagely blowing all around them, but they are safe & sound in their nest. I have used reds, yellows & browns to depict the Robin family, which is a way of showing that they are enjoying a warm little haven from the cold blues & greens of the surrounding snowy scene.
Notice the male Robin (on the right) is snuggling up close to the female, his beak protectively resting on her back, to keep her & the 2 chicks warm… you can say “Ahhhhhhh!” at this point!