I was struck by the ‘extraordinary meeting’ and could not leave out these characters so bound together in this. I have wanted to express their devotion, which for me is also full of humility. They are the quieter, gentle, somewhat ‘mystical’ prophetic folks and so I have not sought to define their faces or much of their posture except in the hand gestures. Both are robed in blue, signifying the heavenly nature and the Kingdom of God. Simeon is holding one hand in an iconic symbol of peace and the other of sorrow (a cross). Red in icons is used as a symbol of humanity and the saving nature of the resurrection. Anna has a suggested hand lifted in praise and blessing. Behind both I have sought to suggest the centre post of a cross, this part of their cruciform devotion on earth. The combination of white and yellow is to depict the purity and divinity present with them in the meeting. A hint of green is a reminder of the hope present. The words, ‘Blessing’, ‘Peace’ and ‘Fullness of God’ are written into the piece.
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