By Streams of Living Water (diptych)
By Streams of Living Water (diptych), Raina Kim Li (Singapore) – Exquisite Art
“By Streams of Living Water” is a diptych painting created by Raina Kim Li in 2018. The artwork measures 122 by 183 centimetres when the two panels are placed together using mixed media techniques that incorporate oil and acrylic paints.
The artwork draws inspiration from the biblical passage in Psalm 1:3, which describes a person who is like a tree planted by streams of water that yield fruit in its season and never wither. The painting explores themes related to the strength and vitality of nature, growth, and prosperity.
“By Streams of Living Water” is taken directly from the biblical passage, and the artwork is an abstract visual representation of the themes explored in the course. The painting is also inspired by the Rainer Maria Rilke poem, “Moving Forward,” which speaks of the deep parts of life pouring onward and a sense of feeling closer to what language cannot reach.
The artwork is done in the vein of religious abstract art and portrays a quiet organic strength, emphasising colour, texture, and composition. With mixed media techniques, the artwork has a rich and textured surface, with layers of colour and texture that add depth and complexity to the overall composition. As a diptych, the painting comprises two panels measuring 122 by 91.5 centimetres each.
“By Streams of Living Water” is an expressive and abstract artwork that explores themes related to the strength and vitality of nature, growth, and prosperity, inspired by biblical passages and poetry. Mixed media techniques and the diptych format add depth and complexity to the artwork.
“He is like a tree planted by streams of waters that yield its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:3
“The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that things are more like me now,
That I can see further into paintings.
I feel closer to what language can’t reach.
With my senses, as with birds, I climb
into the windy heaven, out of the oak,
in the ponds broken off from the sky,
my falling sinks, as if standing on fishes. ”
-Rainer Maria Rilke, Moving Forward
122*183 (dimensions of two panels together)
The painting is mixed media, which uses oil and acrylic paints.