Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Symbol of Freedom

American Bald Eagle Portrait
8x8 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
The Eagle is a national bird symbol for the United States of America.  He was chosen as an image to use for the The Great Seal of the United States on June 20, 1782.  Some States use him in their seal as well.   I suppose the bird represents power because of his size and wing span, majesty because of his beauty, and freedom because he can soar and live in high places.  One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  So, the eagle has always been a bird that represents strength.  As I painted this regal bird I thought of freedom, of my country, my family and friends, my church and yes, my government.  I’m thankful for all these things even though not one of them are perfect, but I have the right to choose for myself whether right or wrong.  That is priceless!  I’m thankful most for my Lord and Savior Who gave me the opportunity to choose…..I chose right!  Let freedom ring!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One regal eagle, in all his finery! With her skill and gifting, Cheri has managed to capture the true essence and countenance of this elegant raptor… look at the perfectly shaded brushstrokes of the feathers, the gleam on the razor-sharp beak, the intent look in the eye that says, “I’ve got my eye on YOU!” Stunning choice of background color; what a brilliant work of art; well done!

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