Amazing Easter Dotpainting

Amazing Easter Dotpainting

Ben Engelbertink mhm

Easter was a busy time for me, alltogether 6 services in homes for the aged and in churches
both here in Enschede and in Oldenzaal. I sat down after the last service on Easter Monday and wanted to paint something. It came to my mind that it was a good time to reflect on the Easter story just by myself and so I took the canvas and painted according to the Aboriginal technique of painting, a so-called dotpainting.

I started with the stone (the big circle in the middle), having been rolled away from the grave where Christ (the big red U)appeared in all his glory and in all newness of being (the white lines reaching out to the right) and as a new creation (the small snakes on the white lines).

By the way, a snake in Aboriginal life is not bad, but creative and life-giving.

The man of Nazareth had completed his way (the oker line at the left, in the middle). This line is now continued in the first Christians after the two women (the U with a digging stick) at top and bottom) had seen the empty grave and when Peter and John (the U with a spear) had testified that the grave was empty.

The way of Christ is continued in two lines, the church of Jerusalem or the church of Peter and the missionary church, the church of Paul.

I painted these two lines because we have quite some discussions here in Enschede, where I live, about these two aspects of the church. The color red is used as the color of love but also as the color of the red sash or cord (or tie) in Mill Hill tradition.

The stone actually has to be rolled away from our hearts if we really want to love the people to whom we are sent, so that the way of Christ is continued in our lives.

I took this painting along to a church where we had a lively sermon also and especially about the stones in our hearts.

Ben Engelbertink mhm

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