inspired by Aslan of c.s. lewis' the chronicles of narnia.
“i didn’t believe in Magic till today. i see now it’s real. well, if it is, i suppose all the old fairy tales are more or less true.”
it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that i was first swept away to narnia through that magical wardrobe crafted of the wood of the tree of the apple that digory brought back to save the life of his mother in the magician’s nephew.
Aslan holds deep spiritual significance for me. as does the unwavering faithfulness of queen lucy the valiant. it was with an awestruck wonder that i attempted to paint “Aslan the King. the King of the wood & the son of the Great Emperor beyond-the-sea– the Great Lion.”
so have a look at a bit of my painting process & then scroll down for a deeper look into all those background icons i used to attempt to tell a tiny piece of Aslan’s Great Story.
so what did i scatter throughout Aslan’s background? hopefully a little bit of the essence of all 7 narnia books.
- the lamp-post (seen in both the magicians nephew, and completely iconic to the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, it’s how lucy finds her way back to “Spare Oom of War Drobe.”)
- strawberry, whose name was changed to fledge, the father of all the winged horses (the magician’s nephew)
- apple of life (that Aslan sent home with digory to save his mother’s life; it grew into a tree in the backyard of uncle andrew’s house which was used to make the wardrobe)
- the wardrobe (not just full of fur coats!)
- two snowflakes (to represent the white witch & Winter, of course. and i couldn’t help but strategically place it under Aslan’s back paw for the prophecy of Genesis 3:15, “He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”)
- mr. tumnus (with his neck scarf, carrying packages, and carrying his red umbrella as lucy first met him)
- four crowns (for the two daughters of eve and the two sons of adam who came in the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe to fulfill the prophecy and sit on the four thrones of cair paravel.)
- peter’s shield (a gift from father Christmas as spring was arriving because Aslan was on the move!)
- susan’s ivory horn (“help of some kind will come to you;” also used by prince caspian to call back the young-again kings & queens of narnia; who then called Aslan back to help conquer the telmarines)
- the broken stone table (roar!)
- unicorns (for the great variety of creatures and talking beasts in narnia, and the special one in the last battle.)
- Aslan’s standard/banner of Narnia
- the mice which nibbled away Aslan’s bonds as he lay murdered (sacrificed) on the stone table
- giant paw prints (from the horse and his boy)
- reepicheep (the valiant mouse whose tail Aslan restored in prince caspian)
- dragon heads (poor eustace clarence scrubb, who “almost deserved” his name; what a fantastic transformation Story in the voyage of the dawn treader!)
i didn’t have a chance to add the silver chair, or the shooting stars from book seven… or the golden key as an homage to george macdonald whose fairy tales c.s. lewis himself read and learned from. but i think you get the idea.
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