Caroline Camden Lewis. Lord of the Harvest. Encaustic, gold leaf and acrylic on wood. 8 x 8 inches. (2018). $225.
“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest’” (Matthew 9:36-38).
This passage illustrates the compassion of Jesus for the weary and scattered people, wandering and lost like sheep without a shepherd. His compassion leads Him to share the solution to this problem with his disciples: praying that the Lord of the harvest to send labors to the field, a metaphor for missions and evangelism, motivated by Christ’s compassion and love.This piece, with colors reminiscent of the harvest season, blends gold leaf and encaustic wax on a wood surface.
Encaustic is an ancient art medium using beeswax, resin and pigment applied to wood at 180 degrees Fahrenheit.