Friday, February 19, 2021

Post 74: There Once Was A Boat 16x20 Acrylic

Painting Name: There Once Was a Boat

Can you imagine what Noah and his family were thinking as they spent all that time floating around, caring for all the animals with them?

Medium: Acrylic
Size: 16x20 Stretched Canvas
Framed?: Yes, a simple antique gold floating frame
Edition Year: 2021
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What Brought About this Painting?
Well one morning I woke up with the thought to paint Noah's Ark floating out on the water. I didn't want the "bathtub kiddie ark" that you often see depicted and I did not want the stormy skies Ark on the angry water. Another thing I didn't think was too realistic was a bunch of the animals on the top deck looking out over the water. It just didn't seem that Noah would have allowed that or that it was plausible (Noah and family would have had to clean the decks), nor would the Ark have been built that way.

So, as I usually do, I did some research first to get an idea on what the Ark should look like without too much "artistic license". In my internet travels, what could be more interesting than some of the videos about Mount Ararat in Turkey and if they have found the ark? And of special interest to me is the Ark Encounter in Kentucky which led me to this video that I found absolutely fascinating...

Noah’s Ark and the Flood with Dr. Georgia Purdom

This is an hour long video and well worth the viewing and tackles the following:

"Was Noah’s Flood global? How big was the Ark? How did Noah fit all the animals on the Ark? Is there any evidence in rock layers and fossils for the Flood? This presentation will equip you with biblical and scientific answers that show that the Genesis account of the Ark and Flood are true history." A very cool video.

In Genesis, we are told some basics on what the ark looked like along with the size and we know it did not have sails. God steered the Ark where He wanted it. We know it was made of gopher wood and sealed in pitch inside and out. So what color did that make it?

Genesis 6 to 9 tells the story of Noah and about the Ark.

The Size: is figured to be 510 feet long (from the cubit measurements).

The Color: was probably black, maybe dark gray.

The Wood: Unknown tree today, but it was covered with pitch anyway.

Side Note: I would like to go and see the Ark Encounter someday. There are a lot of videos about the exhibits to check out so have a look at the Ark Encounter

I found this video too, its a good one. Fascinating!

The Ark had several levels and it had one window and one door. Think on that one a moment: One way to be saved and once the door is shut, no one else can enter.

How long did it take for Noah to build the Ark? It is estimated that it took 55 to 75 years for Noah to build the Ark, which also allows time for the people to hear about what was coming. (And that means the pitch would be baked by the sun for quite awhile too.)

We know that God caused wind to help dry the flood waters, which follows that the sea was probably fairly wavy to some degree as well and the sun would have helped evaporate water too.

So the painting started and this is where I ended up...

Often I will look at a painting for a day or so before deciding if it needs anything else. I saw a painting of the Ark with a whale tail but that seems gratuitous, as well as a dove. I would imagine Noah and family had quite a long time of floating about before Noah started letting the dove do a test flight.

I also considered the top of Mount Ararat appearing from under the flood waters off in the distance which is the resting place the Bible says where the Ark is. Genesis 8: 4 "Then the Ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat."

Let me know what you think.

Also See: Is Genesis History?

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