The Metaphysics of Van Til in Pen and Paint

 

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Cornelius Van Til was a professor at Westminister Theological Seminary for 43 years.  These art pieces attempt to give visual reference to his metaphysical views regarding theism and atheism.

“Van Til . . . always taught that a Christian worldview should be represented by two circles (for Creator and creature), clearly distinct from one another, with the larger one (representing God) on top.  One circle alone referred to the non-Christian worldview, in which man and God (if he exists) are on the same level, part of one reality.”
— John Frame, Cornelius Van Til:  An Analysis of His Thought, (Phillipsburg, NJ:  Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1995), p. 27.

 

Here is my attempt to show Van Til’s “Creator-Creature” distinctions in paint and pen.  And if you’re thinking they are nothing more than extravagant flash-cards, you’re right! I can say one thing for creating art about philosophical concepts: It helps me remember them for class!
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Red Violins

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I’m still experimenting with glass painting.

These prints were created by painting quickly onto a piece of glass with acrylic paint, and then printing the image onto Bristol vellum.

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The first one wound up looking a bit scant so I tried it again, brushing the paint more thickly onto the glass.
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Here’s the second one, framed.

Thanks for stopping by to look at my art! ~Scarlett
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Baby Turtle and the IKEA Lamp

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Another custom baby turtle painting finished for a special little boy in Wales, UK.

This colorful canvas if for a little boy who reminds me so much of my Knox, that my heart jumps with joy every time I see his photo on Facebook.  He could be Knox’s twin!  He’s so precious and happens to have a favorite lamp from IKEA that he loves to knock over again and again!

I hope you like your painting, Danny!  With all my love ~Knox’s Mom

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Shepherd Unafraid

 

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I found this 8″ x 10″ burlap stretched onto a wooden frame at Hobby Lobby.

Using acrylics, watercolors, and embroidery thread, I created this scene of an angel showering the earth with stars, announcing the birth of the Savior.   One shepherd drops in fear, hiding his face;  the other is unafraid, eager to reach up and receive a divine message.  While working on this piece, I continually asked, ‘Which one am I?”

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