Greeting Card: Strong and Courageous
White, heavy card stock, single fold card with photo art on front, blank inside, 5 by 7 inches, folded, with matching white envelope. Rich Pre-Raphaelite images digitally enhanced with hidden symbols and life-affirming words. Symbolism meanings are included with each order. It's more than a card, it's a message of hope.
Words: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
Designed by Colorado artist, Lori Vafiades.
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“Wise Women” Portraits
Art by Lori Vafiades
Lori designed these special works using public domain images of Pre-Raphaelite art and graphic overlays as well as her own paintings. One of the portraits can take 8 hours to create using graphic applications. There can be 50 layers of images.
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Art:
In 1848, as revolutions swept continental Europe and an uprising for social reform known as Chartism unsettled Britain, seven rebellious young artists in London formed a secret society with the aim of creating a new British art. They called themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The works of the Pre-Raphaeliteans were characterized by minute description of detail, a luminous palette of bright colors that recalls the tempera paint used by medieval artists, and subject matter of a noble, religious, or moralizing nature. In mid-nineteenth-century England, a period marked by political upheaval, mass industrialization, and social ills, the Brotherhood at its inception strove to transmit a message of artistic renewal and moral reform by imbuing their art with seriousness, sincerity, and truth to nature.
Those who look closely will find many hidden symbols in each portrait. Here are a few used in this series of art.
Bear: protector and symbolized courage, physical strength and leadership
Beauty: He has made everything beautiful in its time
Bird: care, love, freedom. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26
Butterfly: new beginning
Crown: Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Daisy: innocence, chastity, and humility
Feather: He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4
Flower: “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Luke 12:27
Garden: You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain. Song Of Songs 4:12
Garland: grace on your head
Heart: spring of life
Hidden: protect, safe
Leaves: healing, growth, fresh
Light: holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, grace, hope, and God's revelation
Light: truth, Jesus
Mist: mystery of God
Necklace: You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. Song of Songs 4:9
Nest: protection, home, family, care, safety
Owl: wisdom, night vision
Path: destiny, finding God
Pearl: long life and fertility
Pomegranate: The seeds represents the people of the church and royalty. Commonly, the fruit represents the promise of eternal life.
Rose: God's love at work in people's lives
Scissors: coming together of the spiritual and physical.
Sky: heaven, eternity, freedom
Sleep/rest: In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
Star: heavens declare the glory of God
Tapestry: Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses. Song of Songs 7:5
Three: trinity, strength.
Let us know if you find more hidden in the art.