A Study of Values

Touched by the Spirit, Oil, 6 x 8"

"Apple symbolizes wisdom, because in the Bible, it is the fruit of the tree "that gives the knowledge of what is good and what is evil"1(Genesis 2:9), which Adam and Eve are forbidden to eat. God had said "You may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, except the tree that gives the knowledge of what is good and what is evil..."2(Genesis 2:16-17). Nevertheless, being tempted by the evil serpent, Adam and Eve eat the apple. After they consume the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve "[are] given understanding"3(Genesis 3:7), and are thrown from paradise, the Garden of Eden. Therefore, the apple may also symbolize the beginning of an exile, or suffering."
--Dominique Mao


  1. Beautiful study Mary! Very well painted! I also like the fact that you have a shadow of a cross behind it. I would love to see this one in color too!

  2. Thanks, Brad! I was aware that my drapery had folds in it, but did not pay attention to a cross, per se.I just thought, I'd utilize the creases as part of my composition. It wasn't until this morning that it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks! Cool, to say the least.

  3. I like the painting and the lesson. Merry Christmas, Mary.

  4. Beautiful values, great post! Have a wonderful New Year, Mary!

  5. Thanks, Diane...I love, love, love your cat paintings!


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