Winter Is Past


See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.’ Song of Solomon 2:11-13

This piece was painted in a Burn 24/7 worship evening. Immediately sensed a vast rural landscape, seeing over a ridge into the distance. The mood was gentle, almost mysterious. The words ‘Winter has past’ came to me. I added the winter trees. In the dim lighting of the church that evening, the background glowed and evoked a lot of response from the participating audience. I barely changed it in the studio, only adding the beginnings of springtime. As I prayed more into this, I sensed such a confirmation of a new season coming.

The path seems to represent a journey into a distant space of light, and yet it is not the focus. The field of wildflowers also hint at beauty coming, and yet it is not the focus. The heart of the painting is the five trees, just coming out of their winter season. Five represents grace. Grace is His empowering presence enabling you to perform the assignments He has called you to. I sense the Lord would say to you ‘YES you can do it, I have given you the power within, you CAN!’ and He is calling you to Him.

I felt the trees represent you, and as much as I wanted to smother them in leaves and blossoms, I couldn’t. They stand tall and strong. They have purpose. I sense the Lord saying the winter season was definitive and strategic for you, and much like the pupa stage of the caterpillar-to-butterfly transformation, it was a season you could not do without. I praise God for your winter season, knowing it had reason. My prayer for you is that God’s intentions would be fulfilled.

But! The winter has past! The path takes you around the corner – it is close – but unseen. Embrace the mystery. When you embrace the mystery, the sometimes discouraging utter unknowing of what God has planned in His wisdom, then He trusts you with marvelous revelations. You cannot judge a landscape by its season. You simply trust that it passes into the next.



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Giclee Reproductions are printed with a 3cm white border.

‘Winter Is Past’ has been selected from the book 40 Days hath November to be reproduced as Giclee prints. Technically speaking, our prints are not prints at all, not in the common use of the term, but are fine art reproductions of original works. The quality is so high that it is difficult to tell between the reproduction and the original. Giclee Reproductions are premium high-resolution digital images produced on museum quality, Canson 300-320gsm Cotton Rag (fine cotton fibres woven into a paper-like product) printed with archival Canon Lucia EX 12-colour pigment high-performance inks. Canon Lucia EX pigment inks achieve an “under glass” permanence of 95 years for colour images.

Giclee can be confusing, as many may incorrectly assume that all digital printing is equal. Essentially Giclee (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’) is an invented name from the French word ‘le gicleur’ meaning ‘to squirt’. Originally coined in 1991 to distinguish between common digital prints and the highest quality form of art reproductions using wide-format inkjet printing technology. In 30 years, this technology has advanced enormously, giving an even wider distinction between Giclee reproductions and digital prints. However, we still use the word ‘print’ so that we are easily understood.

Fine Art Giclee Reproductions should be framed behind glass, using a matte to separate them from the glass. Consult your local framer for the best way to frame your reproduction and ensure your artwork still looks amazing for 3 – 4 generations.


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20 x 20cm, 30 x 30cm