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Bittersweet

 

“Bittersweet” was the very first published watercolor by Jack E. Dawson.  It was painted in 1977.  A simple basket of bittersweet vines beautifully captures the nostalgic setting of an old fashioned centerpiece.  However, the symbolism that was to come from this first piece and its title are the things that makes it most memorable.   It meant so much to Jack and his family they named their company Bittersweet Gallery.  The word, “Bittersweet,” could be broken down to two words, “bitter” and “sweet.”  There is a passage in Exodus 15:22-25, that speaks of bitter waters becoming sweet.
Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.  Exodus 15:25 (NIV)
The symbolism of this passage could identify the piece of wood as the cross where Christ was crucified.   This is the Good News of the gospel.  Jesus Christ will take our “bitter” sin and exchange it for the “sweet” life of assurance and hope.  

     “Bittersweet” was the very first published watercolor by Jack E. Dawson.  It was painted in 1977.  A simple basket of bittersweet vines beautifully captures the nostalgic setting of an old fashioned centerpiece.  However, the symbolism that was to come from this first piece and its title are the things that makes it most memorable.   It meant so much to Jack and his family they named their company Bittersweet Gallery.  The word, “Bittersweet,” could be broken down to two words, “bitter” and “sweet.”  There is a passage in Exodus 15:22-25, that speaks of bitter waters becoming sweet.


Then Moses cried out to the LORD,
and the LORD showed him a piece of wood.
He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.  
Exodus 15:25

     The symbolism of this passage could identify the piece of wood as the cross where Christ was crucified.   This is the Good News of the gospel.  Jesus Christ will take our “bitter” sin and exchange it for the “sweet” life of assurance and hope. 

 

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