Music Ascending
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 44 x 30 in

• To Plato, a bird's light weight, power of flight, and ability to reach the sky made this creature a metaphor of the human mind and spirit.

• In Christianity, a white dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, an intermediary between earthly and heavenly realms.

• The color white is associated with kindness and truth, joy, and festivity.

As the Dove of Annunciation comes down to earth, the birds descend onto the pages of the books in the hands of the choristers.

The solemn sounds of chanting rise against a dramatic background of red evening skies. The staircase symbolizes the human spirit scaling the heights of faith. The choir's inspirational singing reaches that point where the spirit breaks free of the earth and attains the spiritual realm. This is the moment when we hear the celestial choir. The symbolism of the picture is clear: the ascent of man to attain a certain ideal is also reflected on another artwork by the artist titled "Ascent of the Spirit. In the artwork "Diary of Discoveries" the moment of discovery is shown as each turned page transforming into a bird that takes flight

…as the echo of the angels' song is awakened in our earthly homes, hearts will be drawn closer to the heavenly singers. Heaven's communion begins on earth… Song is a weapon that we can use against discouragement.

Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing