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Rebuked Retribution by bryancollins Rebuked Retribution by bryancollins
11"x14" acrylic on canvas - SOLD

She is stepping out in faith, walking into peril but with total confidence. As long as she stays strong and continues in prayer, she will be unharmed. This piece is sort of a take on the story of Peter walking out on the water to meet Jesus. When Peter took his eyes off of Christ and looked down, he sank. Due to the recent political battles, it has become clear that people are placing their faith in the wrong places these days.

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levite Featured By Owner May 18, 2015   Artist
Love it... beautiful unique style...
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aAshleyB Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the symbolism!  Beautiful! :clap:
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mrsorrentino Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
stunning and what a true message!!! big hugs!!
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the hugs. God bless!
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Elbadra Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
faith is really all over the painting, great concept ...
well done :)
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cxmb Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
beautiful! :dance:!!!
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outwardlyupward Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
great symbolism, cute pic!!
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ShouYume Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
an excellent concept!
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i-like-balloons Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
hmm...this is a very interesting concept you've got down here, i think you've managed to get it across really well though...i like how you've got the little sparks coming out of her hands so it's looks more magical i guess, the bridge falling down rather than just not being there at all is a eally nce touch...great stuff!
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I wanted to bridge to symbolize her world collapsing from underneath her. Thanks for noticing the subtleties.
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WonkaWolf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008   Filmographer
I need to be more like that girl.
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope this painting inspires you to do just that!
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WonkaWolf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008   Filmographer
It has :)
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VinnyCrow Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008   General Artist
Gorgeous lighting and atmosphere! This all flows with quite a captivating mood... Also, true, people's faith are in the wrong places besides even the political battles. The world continues to crumble with alarming consequences until Christ returns.
Anyway, lovely creative work. :heart:
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Be a light in the darkness!
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ReggieTuesday Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
that's quite pretty, especially her hair and the color of the sky. and a lovely message, even for an agnostic like me :)
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Hey, God love agnostics, too! I always find it interesting that when people who are not Christian comment on one of my openly faith-based pieces, they want to point out they are not Christian, like it's a virus they are scared to get too close too :eyepopping:. I'm not saying anything by it, just that I find it interesting ;) Thanks for the compliments and support.
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ReggieTuesday Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
I know, right? I've been in similar situations: whenever I post something people might have feelings about feelings about, everyone feels obligated to state their opinion. Not necessarily in a rude way, so it's not really a bad thing... I just think it's funny :hmm: I'm just saying that it's a good message regardless of faith; to have enough hope to keep moving forward, and have enough faith to believe there's something holding you up.
you're quite welcome :)
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Heros-Muse Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
wait... did you hear that? No you didn't because I'm speechless this is too awesome
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha! You're crazy. Thank you very much :)
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Iriesurfinchick Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
absoluteness and amazing work
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
God bless you :)
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Iriesurfinchick Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
He does ;)
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oshibana Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Totally true! Wonderful message.
I really like the colors you used here, and how you painted the girl's hair.
The other details are wonderful as well...:)
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. Hair can be so whimsical and convey the mood of the piece. Thank you for noticing :)
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept, I like it.
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13thMurder Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
i place faith only in myself. religion, trust, and pretty much everything else has become a game of russian roulette. i stay out of religion... god has done nothing for me, not even proven that he exists. not to say he doesn't, i cant say for sure. but i would never expect him to do anything for me. if he exists, he put me here in the first place, why ask for anything more? to me prayer and begging seem to be quite similar, so i stay out of it all... if i cant survive on my own, why even bother surviving?

but really, i do like this one. it flows nicely, and ive always really liked bridges that end just end in the middle.... sounds weird, but i do.
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. Well, the problem is when we think God should do anything for us. If you want to know God, you have to do things for Him! If prayer seems like begging to you, maybe it is. We should not be praying for God to give us things, but thanking Him for all that he has given us already. He should be approached less from a sugar daddy attitude, and more of fearful respect for who He really is. You will die some day, my friend, even if you survive now on your own. Thank you for the compliments on the painting. You have blessed me and I am thankful for you. I hope God blesses you back.
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13thMurder Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
fearful respect? not sure how those words go together... that would mean that its a forced respect, and from that comes hatred for the tyrant who forced you to respect them... no, respect is earned. i dont see any point in fear.
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a respectful fear, like for fire. You know it's strength and it's uses, but you know it is bigger than you and was here before you, and can give you warmth when you respect it, but it can kill you if you abuse it. I don't blame God at all for lashing out on mankind. We don't deserve grace. Look at how we treat each other! So I respect him with a holy fear, not a tyrant fear. He's like a dad that loves His kids, but will give us a spanking when we need one. I really hope I am making sense to you. The theology of God is impossible to convey without the help of the Holy Spirit. The simplicity of it all is that God loves you, even if you don't love Him back, but he only invited to his home (Heaven) those who do love him. You wouldn't want an enemy in your home :)
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13thMurder Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
i dunno if god exists, ill never know that for sure till i get to meet him. i dont know if id like him or not. i couldnt decide that before i ever meet someone... even god. i suppose its because for some odd reason i feel that i should treat every living creature as an equal, from the highest and most powerful people, to the smallest animals. like if you look in my gallery, you will see some pictures of small animals, bugs, insets... stuff like that. i made sure each of them weren't harmed when i took pictures of them, many people would have killed them after, because they are just bugs.

but i admit, im not perfect. i wont pretend to be as so many do. and i often find myself wondering if what i try to do right is really the worst possible thing, but if i dont try to figure it out on my own, how will i ever know for sure?

so, as for god... so many religions, but as much as they contradict each other, they can't all be right. i am not involved in any of them and never plan to be, simply because it's all too confusing... some religions have one god, some have many, some have one god, some have a different one... maybe none of them exist, maybe they all do, who can say?

ill never know until i meet one, but when i do ill have to see... what will i think of him? what will he think of me? a friend? a creator? maybe something to fear? maybe someone to banish the fear?

until i know for sure, ill have to just wonder.
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cxmb Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Christianity is NOT about religion, many, MANY people thinks christianity is just another religion (sadly even for MANY so-called-christian people), when is way 2 more than that! it's a way of living! the choice of doing Ur best in this life by following him!

Choosing a Christian life is NOT choose an "easy" life, but a challenging, full of love life!

REAL Christianity is for the braves! :D

All that 2 say that i DON'T like religion at all! religion is one of the worst things WE humans have created!
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It certainly sounds like you are very intelligent, and you have thought this through quite a bit. That tells me you are looking, even in the least, for some kind of a faith. I pray that God does show Himself to you, that you may meet Him before your death, so you can see if you like Him or not. How does that sound :) Again, I am grateful for you. You have been very kind in this conversation and have not attacked me or judged me for my faith, and that gives you a great deal of credit and respect from me. Thank you!
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13thMurder Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
no, im not looking for faith. the concept of it is based on trust, and im afraid it goes against my nature, and my abilities to take something off of trust. though i do think about religion... as my signature implies, i am a philosopher... kind of.

if i were to meet god, if he proves to me he exists, it would be... well id appreciate it that he would take the time to do it. but i wonder... it he an artist too? maybe we are all just art. maybe to be an artist is to be a god of a type.

of course i wouldn't attack or judge you... only actions, not people should be judged. thats my opinion. you think differently than me, but i wouldn't have anything against you for it. if everyone agreed with me and thought like me, we would all be exactly the same, and i wouldn't want that, no one would. that would be boring.
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aragornsgirl333 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Fear, as in the fear of God, does not mean that you are afraid or frightened. It has another meaning. It means 'a feeling of profound respect for someone or something' other words that could be used with similar meaning are reverence, awe, veneration. So Fearful respect does not mean a forced respect from a tyrant, it means a respect due to your awe of God.
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wearywonderment Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
This is so funny since I'm stepping on faith during a time that says to God, "if your big and powerful enough as I believe, you'll wont let me fall." Not a test really just a crazy spiritual battle
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's those spiritual battles that refine our faith! If we have no faith in trials, we have no faith at all. I pray that God blesses your obedience to Him, and I know that He will!
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PurpleSkirtChick Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
I personally have never been strong in my faith, I try but I just can't seem to believe in it, it's nice to see other people who have faith.
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Belief and faith are thing you can kill when you try too hard to make them happen. God says, "Be still and KNOW that I am God". Your faith will strengthen through your trust, rather than your efforts to believe.
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PurpleSkirtChick Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
Maybe I should stop trying then.
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't give up, just let your soul do the searching more than your brain. Deep inside you will feel what is right ;)
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PurpleSkirtChick Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
Ha! That is great advice and for sooo much more than religion. It's perfect for whats going on in my life right now. Thanks!
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank God, not me ;)
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PurpleSkirtChick Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
I will make sure to do that when I pray tonight.
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wimpy3 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...beautiful...

Have faith!
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Amen! God bless you, and stay strong!
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ahbegorrah Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
Specifically which political battles, might I ask?
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The battle to become US President. People look to a human leader to fix their problems, but God tells us throughout the Old Testament, especially, that we were never intended</> to have a human leader. When we have God as our leader, TRULY our leader in all ways, we will live and love well just how He wants us to be.
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ahbegorrah Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Did Jesus not mention something about being here to complete our laws, not to correct them?
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bryancollins Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, He said He came to fulfill the law. I assume you are commenting about the title? The retribution being corrected here is the retribution that guilt and evil puts on us. Jesus does correct that ;)
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