It is Finished

The title of the piece – It is Finished – is in reference to one of the last things Jesus said on the cross…

“It is finished.” Found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt that He owed to the Father; rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind—the debt of sin.

We are currently in the season of Lent and if you are: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Easter Orthodox, Lutheran, or Methodist you are preparing for Easter. As you may or may not know Easter is:

  • According to Christian Scripture (Isaiah 53), Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah and Savior of the World.
  • The resurrection refers to Jesus coming back to life (or being raised from the dead) three days after his death on the cross.
  • Christians believe that when Jesus laid down his life on the cross, he paid the full penalty for sin by offering the perfect, spotless sacrifice.
  • Subsequently, by raising from the dead, the Lord defeated the power of sin and death and purchased, for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus. (Source)

Easter is three weeks away so I thought that I would recreate the image of Jesus as portrayed by the actor Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth. My hope is whether you believe or not the painting will in some way move you to open your mind to the possibility of something greater than ourselves.

A couple of months ago I read the book Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. The book explains the journey the Doctor believes took him into the afterlife, heaven, while he was in a coma. As a neurosurgeon and scientist he said he never believed his patients stories of their travels to the afterlife while he was performing brain surgery on them until he himself ended up in a coma. He now believes that his experience was divine providence and that he was brought back from the coma to tell everyone about what he experienced. Fascinating!

I hope you enjoy the painting and if you’re interested, check out Proof of Heaven, it’s a fascinating read!

HAPPY EASTER!

WE THE PEOPLE – The Pledge – We Mutually Pledge

I am an Artist and I love creating artwork that has meaning specific to the person or persons I am intending the item to be created for. We The People, The Pledge and We Mutually Pledge each have a specific meaning and each express my personal feelings to that person.

We the People originally was created as a wall hanging for our basement as I had served in the Army Reserves.

The Pledge came about as a retirement gift for a good friend. Which I can happily say he loved!

The Pledge 2 was created for my brother-n-law, as a gift, for his service during the Gulf War. The recognition of his service had been long overdue but we wanted to give him something that would represent his long standing commitment to his family and country. The Pledge 2 was created specifically for his service but it also included blue stars. The blue stars were added to recognize his eldest sons service and for his youngest son, who is getting ready to go off to basic training.

A brief history of the Blue Star Flag

Back in 1917, Army Captain Robert Queissner wanted to make a simple flag that signified his two sons’ service in World War I. Only three days later, the American War Mothers organization formed and began displaying Captain Queissner’s flag in their windows. Sometimes the flags may have two or three stars (signifying two or three children serving in the military). Because so many military lives were lost in World War I, a new flag was developed. Mothers who had lost their sons in World War I began sewing a gold star over the blue star. The flag symbolized pride, love, and hope and became very popular during World War II. It returned to popularity during the Gulf War.

We Mutually Pledge is a piece with solidarity in mind specifically for our nation, the United States of America as we are slowly being convinced not to be United. This piece has taken on a greater meaning, more recently, for the citizens of Ukraine as we are currently seeing in real time what solidarity truly represents.

Something I need to stress here, as an artist, each time I create a piece of artwork I try to have a person in mind that would appreciate the piece as much as I enjoy creating it. As in the case of my friend that retired, I knew as soon as I gave it to him the appreciation was there as the tear in his eye developed.

Now in the case of my brother-n-law; his appreciation I believe hit a little deeper. He, like myself and my friend, still believes in the founders framework of this great nation and believes that our Republic is the greatest source of human dignity, freedom and liberty that has ever been created. I must stress here, as an Artist, there is no greater thank you when presenting a piece of artwork to someone than my efforts in creating it and the intention of the piece exactly match that of the recipients. There really is nothing like it! I say again thank you to both my friend and my brother-n-law our connection to each other is now much greater!

So this brings me to my latest piece We Mutually Pledge.

This piece has been created to remind us that we are all Americans and as our Declaration of Independence so eloquently ended with we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Here is the last paragraph of that historic document.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

We are currently seeing this commitment being played out with the citizens of Ukraine, as they must defend themselves against an outside aggressor that wishes to control them. But the Ukrainian citizens want to have the right to freely control their own destiny and future as free people. Human dignity, freedom and liberty are not to be mandated or forcefully given or taken away by men. Each are God given rights that are worth defending at all costs and we are all equal in the eyes of God. We must fight for equality for all of humanity.

To the Ukrainian people “ми підтримуємо Україну”

Ark Encounter Williamstown, KY

Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. Ark Encounter is situated in beautiful Grant County in Williamstown, Kentucky.

Truly amazing!

Personalized Magazine Cover – birthday gift idea

Personalized Magazine Cover – A special birthday gift for a special friend.

Our friend of many years recently celebrated his 60th birthday and I wanted to give him something special so I created a color pencil drawing just for him.

I first looked through his Facebook page for photos of him enjoying a hobby and figured out between fishing and golf it appeared he enjoyed fishing a bit more.  I thought it would be fun to make a magazine cover of him going off to fish and the drawing would be a cartoon of our friend.

The first picture is the work in progress and the second is the framed piece finished.

Our friend could not have been happier or surprised and both the drawing and party were a huge hit!  Next time you’re thinking about a gift for someone think about making them something or having something made special just for them.  I guarantee they will love the thought and time you invested.  🙂

Keep on drawing!

K. Lentz

CINCINNATI BENGALS 2022 run at the Super Bowl

1989 was the last time a Cincinnati Bengals team made it into the Super Bowl. To commemorate the historic run the team made this year, 2021 NFL season, my art piece. This is on an 11×14 piece of Bristol smooth paper and is drawn with color pencil, ink and paint.

WHO DEY! Great job guys on your historic season!