Feast of the Presentation, Feb. 2nd

A patron asked me to create an illumination carrying the theme of waiting for one's vocation. The illumination was to be a gift for his friends' wedding. One of the most poignant Scripture passages I know of having to do with waiting is the above text from the Canticle of Canticles, chapter 3. For a while, I was struggling to think of an image to couple with this text, until my husband suggested Simeon and his vocation of waiting a lifetime until his own eyes behold the Messiah. How poignant to contemplate Simeon's own canticle, the "Nunc Dimittis," alongside this canticle. The detail is difficult to see in this reproduction; you'll find the infant Christ held in Simeon's arms. Gouache, 23k gold leaf, and Japanese Sumi ink on watercolor paper, 8"x10."