The Saint and the Serpent ©2011 by Martin Jamison
Oil on board. Click image for a larger view.
This saint is too distracted to notice the serpent lurking just behind him. Maybe he’s too busy admiring his cape, all puffed up as it is by the wind. I wonder if he even notices the storm that is coming in on that wind. Perhaps he’s tired from conflict. His armor, after all, looks dented and his hand appears to be injured. If he has just been victorious in battle, then maybe he deserves to be a little full of himself. Perhaps there are some beautiful maidens blowing kisses at him from just out of our view.
One thing is certain, if he’s not careful the serpent will get the jump on him. Where is his shield? Why is his sword not at the ready? Where is his helmet? He’s not exactly prepared for battle as prescribed by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:12-18.
“Wake up, O sleeper!”