The hummingbird is romanticized in this dynamic design as it pays tribute to the vintage technique of calligraphic off-hand flourishing. Like the hummingbird, the power of the message is in its details. The entanglement of line work speaks to the essence of love in combining two separate bodies, male and female, as a unified whole. Small imperfections grafted into the symmetry establish its own perfection.
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Sailors of long ago looked to the heavens to find their way on this earth. Though the seas would churn and the winds would blow, the heavens remained their constant guide. Burning stars above would chart their course across tumultuous seas, which threatened to claim their lives. Beyond the stars sailors spoke of a greater force, which they believed kept them safe and guided them home- this was the divine.
A ‘sojourner’ is a traveler who does not stay long in any one place. Whether we are literally traveling across an open sea or simply making our way through life, we are all sojourners. So, within the center of the compass rose is a ship sailing across high seas- a reminder that life brings waves to crash against our hull and test the strength of our vessel.
Pen and Ink
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"When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul."
Weidmann gently weaves a sea of script back into the context from which it first transpired. In the 1800's, Horatio Spafford's, "It Is Well With My Soul," was penned while crossing the ocean scene where the lives of his four daughters were lost in a tragic shipwreck. These words, heavy with feeling and brilliant with praise and peace, are well-worn into the souls of many as one of the world's most beloved hymns. In the midst of terrible loss and heartache, we can declare, "it is well, it is well with my soul!"
The flourishing off the wingtips of this humble bird shows the powerful impact of a single, small life.
This piece emerged from the sorrow felt in the tragic aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, taking place on December 14, 2012. The night of the tragedy, Jake, like countless others, tried to comprehend the wreckage of the day. In the midst of helplessness, a hopeful message stirred in the heart of the artist and emerged a flourishing bird-in-flight.
This little bird is a messenger of hope: though evil is rampant, goodness prevails. Each life is precious in the eyes of God and it is through Him that innocence and hope is restored.
“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul…Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”
In Deuteronomy (4:24), God describes himself as a Consuming Fire- a jealous God who pursues his people despite their constant rebellion against Him. God our Father is the light in the darkness; a fire burning bright who yearns for a relationship with His creation. He looks away from the viewer to show God’s inability to truly commune with His people in the Old Testament because they were cloaked in sin.
Throughout the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is described as the Living Water, and Jesus declared whoever drinks of it shall never thirst again (John 4:13). Through Christ’s death on the cross, we now have access to God through His Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Both eyes of the third lion are shown to convey a greater level of intimacy with a God who pursues us and loves us fiercely.
Alone we perish, together we flourish.
Alone, a zebra stands out in the Africa landscape, yet together, the stripes of a collective herd serve to confuse and elude its enemies. In breathtaking magnitude, Weidmann explores the theme of power in unification: the impact of many over the independence of one. This is a method that numerous living beings have used physically, mentally, and socially to combat destructive forces for centuries. This tactic is not easily forgotten, nor is the lasting imprint of these vintage forms of flourishing upon the viewer’s vision.
This piece was curated in Denver’s Union Station Crawford Hotel as a permanent installation, July 2014.
Acrylic and Airbrush
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Following the decorated style of his last hymn of 'It Is Well With My Soul,' Weidmann's latest gallery release brings beautiful imagery to the celebrated Gospel hymn, 'His Eye is On the Sparrow' --Written 113 years ago, the lyrics still grip the hearts of people today.
Originally written by Civilla D. Martin in the early spring of 1905, the lyrics were the outcome of an experience Martin and her husband shared with a crippled couple whom they had formed a deep friendship with. Upon asking where their bright hopefulness came from, despite their limiting physical conditions, they shared their secret in a single line of beauty and simplicity: "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me." These words of boundless faith spurred the imagination of Civilla Martin and continue to have a lasting impact on the souls of many to this day.
The calligraphic script of lyrics encircles the Sparrow, perched on a blooming branch to signify the time in which Civilla Martin would have first penned these lyrics in early spring of 1905. As the viewer reads through this hymn, line-by-line, they circumvent this fragile bird, being reminded of His faithful watch over us. Around the nest of lyrics, a floral wreath hails on either side, containing spring-blooming flowers. Among them are daisies, crocus, peonies, tulips, and daffodils: each one chosen for its symbolism of cheerfulness, brightness, compassion, perfect love, rebirth, faith and everlasting life.
The banner in the title represents not only the method in which this hymn was first written, on pen and paper, but signifies a banner of Truth and Protection over the Sparrow -- Does God not wave the same banner over our lives through the scriptures? A banner of promise and faithfulness.
The theme of the song is inspired by the words of David in the Psalms and Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible:
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." Psalm 32:8, NIV
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26, NIV
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29–31, NIV
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Jesus was born not to change history but eternity. As Christ entered into this dark world two thousand years ago, so the Spirit enters our dark hearts today to bring His light and flourish through us. This is the great gift of an ever living and ever loving God. Even in His name there is promise- Immanuel, God With Us!
This King of Glory came to earth and took on a crown not of jewels, but of thorns and died in our stead (Isaiah 53:4-5). The barbed wire is a modern depiction of the crown of thorns and represents His protection over us. The barbed wire is the only man-made element of the three to show that Jesus took on the sin of man. Through His death and resurrection, the veil between God and His people was torn, and thus the profile is broken as God turns His face towards us.
A message of restoration, renewal and transformation, these hands give hope to the hopeless, comfort to the suffering, and healing to the broken in the promise that, "His eye is on the sparrow."
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In Weidmann's widely recognized and acclaimed style, his latest work-in-progress displays two trumpeter swans bound to one another in their flourishes. Featured in Carnivor Wines' 2017 'Devour Life' campaign, we anticipate this piece - Weidmann's largest oil painting to date - to be a wild success.
Swans, known for their fierce fidelity, are positioned here in their protective stance at one's another's back. These two trumpeter swans represent a fierce, protective love that is exceedingly rare in our world today.
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