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Removing the Thorn by N8grafica Removing the Thorn by N8grafica
Oil on Canvas: 48 x 60.

Removing the Thorn came to me in a dream in 2008 when I began to journal about the path of life. In the dream, a white haired man came to my door. Wanting to buy my house on the spot, he handed me a handful of cash. As I invited him inside I explained to him that I was only renting. I offered to show him a map of the area but he didn’t seem too interested. I looked for one anyway while he sat at my dining room table. When I returned with the map, this painting is what I saw sitting in front of him as though he had just painted it. I was drawn in by the unconventional Jesus whose Lordship is not the clipping of claws as we might fear, but rather the digging out of our deepest hindrances so that the lion within us can be liberated. The symbolism of the peacock that emerges from the lion’s chest represents the beauty that comes after we surrender our brokenness to the healer rather than trying to conceal our limp.
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Given 2013-04-23
Removing the Thorn by =N8grafica ( Suggested by Kaze-Ki and Featured by STelari )
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting, it really pulls me in. I love your story behind it, too. Fascinating :nod:
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for taking the time to read about it
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imikaya Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How come his hair was not white?
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In the dream, the white haired man was not the man in the painting, but the man who created the painting while visiting my home.
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:iconimikaya:
imikaya Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Got it ;)
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MoonlightMysteria Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your wonderful art has been featured here:  moonlightmysteria.deviantart.c… :heart:
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for featuring my painting. Take care
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:iconkaiuko:
kaiuko Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just as graceful with the stroke and as charming with the painting as always.
Well done, my friend!
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:iconjamalbing1:
Jamalbing1 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love this!!! Extremely Powerful Image
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconmushkikizou-chan:
Mushkikizou-chan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love it~ Everything looks beautiful too with all the subtle shades and pretty and stuff.
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wesleyharmon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Way to raise the bar and standard of something called "Christian Art" - there is just waayyy to much out there that is cheesy and unoriginal and poorly done. I'm encouraged by this. Seriously, this is awesome. Well done friend, very well done.
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your comment means a lot. It makes a difference for me to know that someone gets what I'm trying to do. Thank you for your encouragement to me.
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wesleyharmon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are so welcome - I understand this lonesome pioneering 
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful :)
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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spycat109 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :)
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconrehana-hams:
Rehana-Hams Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
beautiful
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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:iconpeasporridgehot:
peasporridgehot Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
A beautiful metaphor

Numbers 6:24-26
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll check it out
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EbonyDreamIvory Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is a beautiful piece, and it's even more wonderful having read the story. :)
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I appreciate that
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badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So very beautiful and inspirational.

I love the thought provoking message behind the the symbolism.
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you
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TabaChiRinn Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
I had seen this picture randomly pop up around this website but never thought of actually looking at it. I am very glad I did. The personal story behind it is quite encouraging to me as I am sure it was to you. Thank you very much for sharing.
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure. thank yo for taking the time to get a better look
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yektuikuto Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
A very well thought out and perfectly executed piece. I may not be religious but this is an amazing concept.
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I appreciate your compliment just that much more
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Melusine8 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful art and symbolism :)
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks glad you like!
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StephenGladue Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
love the message.
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you.
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Bearkata Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   General Artist
Sometimes, I just get pieces of artwork stuck in my head, and I have to constantly keep coming back to look at them; this is definitely one of those pieces. :) I'm not religious, but there's just something absolutely mesmerising about this piece, as well as everything else in your gallery; they all seem to tell the most incredible stories, which truly makes them all masterpieces. Your attention to detail is simply stunning as well.
Brilliant execution. I really am glad this got a DD; you truly deserve it. :3
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N8grafica Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for everything that you expressed. Your sentiments are very encouraging to me. It's one of the biggest canvases I've worked on and intimidation kept it dormant for a few years. Responses like this make it all worth it for me.
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AzamRaharjo Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work and very manly stuff. :lol:
I like the skies and beards
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment. I try to root for masculinity with my art.
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:iconnudagimo:
nudagimo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Congratulations on this very well deserved DD! :clap: This is a brilliant art work! :love:
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I was pretty blown away to see that happen
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:iconnudagimo:
nudagimo Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
You are welcome! It's such a wonderful art work and you really deserve this DD! :love:
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:iconnightpark:
Nightpark Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist
This is utterly amazing, really great work!
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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KnowHopePro Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just Awesome!
Seeing the peacock reminded me that we are made perfect in weakness.
Keep the good and inspirational work!!
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:iconn8grafica:
N8grafica Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'll do my best. I just posted a new one one. Love your feedback
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:iconnalabulle:
nalabulle Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful work! nice composition, colors and realism
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lilkitty0828 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This is absolutely stunning and inspiring. Wonderful job!
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PreciousAngelWings Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow this came out so well. I love the night time-esque lighting of the scene and the blank stare of the weakened lion. Fantastic job on the realism of the piece. :)
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. getting models and photographic reference that could actually match this kind of lighting was limited, so my expectations for realism were subordinate to my overall message s thanks for your encouraging words.
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PreciousAngelWings Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
no problem! keep the the great work. even though it was tough, the end result made the struggle worth it :)
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