Prayer: The Priestly Blessing
This painting incorporates The Priestly Blessing in both Hebrew and Latin, on the attached book and within the three small scrolls nestled in the woven canvas cloth. The handwritten text on the lower part of the canvas is a translation of the prayer into ancient Phoenician. Oh, and by the way, The Priestly Blessing is from Numbers 6 (24-26).
"May the lord bless you and keep you
May the light of GOD’s face shine on you and give you grace.
May GOD turn towards you and give you peace. Amen"
"Benedicat tibi Dominus et custodiat te
Ostendat Dominus faciem suam tibi et misereatur tui
Convertat Dominus vultum suum ad te et det tibi pacem"
The handmade book on this painting is made from canvas cloth rather than the thick mixed media papers I have used in the first 17 Transcriptions.
Originally there were three sheets of cloth that formed the pages of the book. I pulled one out to play with a flash of an idea for another painting. It became the focal point of Transcriptions #20 which I began conceiving in the middle of working on this painting.
I definitely want to find ways of weaving cloth into future canvases. It is a concept I have wanted to play with for many years. And I love the way the book takes on an entirely new quality when using cloth. I am confident I'll be creating more cloth books in other paintings.