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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)

TITLE: Written in Red
By Allison Egley
04/28/10


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I stared at the picture, then stepped back again. The description of the crucifixion was like none I had seen before. The whole story told in one or two word phrases, and then formed into a picture. Words of different sizes and fonts; some bold, some so faint I could barely see them. I had heard of making art into a story, but turning a story into art? This took both the skill of a writing and the craft of a painter.

Words of accusation filled the angry red sky.
Blasphemer.
Hypocrite.
Liar.

Crucify Him.

The cross in the middle bore the words "pain" and "suffering" while its shadow read "sin" and "separated."

I looked at Jesus on the cross.

Mercy
Grace
Love
Alpha
Omega
Perfect


As I glanced, down, I noticed the hill. A reminder of who he died for and who should have bore the cross.

Michael
Sarah
Mary
Joshua
YOU

I dropped to my knees, tears running down my face I couldn't look upon this word picture any longer.

I moved to the next picture, a picture of the tomb. The stone... death. The tomb itself reminded me of life without Christ, and the sins that take me away from God, making me feel, at times, like I've put Jesus back in the grave; like He never changed me life.

Hopeless
Loneliness
Shattered lives
Broken families
Lies

Standing in the middle of the art gallery, I asked for forgiveness.

I moved on.

Empty

ALIVE!

He is risen!
Death could not hold Him!
Victory!

The sun and sky proclaimed Christ's victory over the grave. I stood with my hands lifted towards heaven, as I took in the masterpiece.

But this was not the last picture. The last one was all red. But the words were not full of anguish and hate. It was a simple picture; just a heart.

LOVE
Michael
Sarah
Mary
Joshua
YOU

Everyone has fallen short of His glory, but everyone is covered by His grace and love.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But now I'm convinced that a thousand words is worth a picture.


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Catrina Bradley 04/29/10
I'd like to visit this art gallery! I love the simplicity and the format, and the heart, in this story. Lovely.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/30/10
This is beautiful and so very powerful.
Barbara Lynn Culler05/02/10
This is great! So very descriptive.
AnneRene' Capp 05/02/10
Thought this was very creative, very original and a very effective message.
Carol Slider 05/03/10
I don't have a strong visual imagination, so I couldn't really picture the artwork... but your words are powerful indeed. Very creative and well done.
Eliza Evans 05/04/10
This is REALLY creative and well thought out.
Love that last line.

Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 15 in your level.
Patricia Turner05/06/10
Allison, you packed a lot of power into a few lines. Nicely done.