Ascension - The journey to receive the new covenant, art by ian anderson
Ascension – The journey to receive the new covenant, art by Ian Anderson





ASCENSION – The new covenant love


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ASCENSION – The new covenant love Ascension illustration covenant love


To fulfill a dream
You must have vision
To have vision
You must have a purpose
To have purpose
You must have a conviction
With conviction comes
Death to the old
Death brings new life

Heaven’s conviction has great reward
New Covenant Love

Life out of death


My pencil had to die to produce this visualization. Ascension illustration covenant love

The challenge with this illustration was to control the pencil leads to a mid-tone perfection with a sensitive feel for the flesh and shape of the feet. My friend Pete had photographed his feet pointing into the sky while on a surfing expedition at the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand.

I saw the image and turned it upside down and there birthed the surreal idea.

I used it as a study for my painting “Ascension and the Pearl of Great Price” and after becoming more confident to publish my works I added the frame ideas of perspex and brushed aluminum to set it off.

The 1989 illustration was originally intended to be surreal with a twist of humor with the seagulls looking at a potato chip between the toes. The original name was “Food for Thought”.

The Journey

I wandered through a creative wilderness for many years and after numerous cathartic experiences, I challenged myself to retool the initial ideas.

From a photo on a surf trip to feet in the clouds, the story developed as I found inspiration from reading about Jesus, and the wonder when he left His creation and His followers somewhat perplexed back here on earth. As the dust of Israel fell off his feet I’m sure the disciples must have been in mind-boggling awe of what just took place. It was a, “What the ????” moment. How would I have reacted, would have felt the same? It’s easy to understand why there has been so much controversy and confusion about whether it happened or not. Ascension illustration covenant love

After my experiences, I added nail scars (Taken from scar tissue on my own body) to the feet. I was not at the murder/crucifixion and therefore cannot establish the accuracy of positioning the scars. In my opinion, why this happened is more important to know rather than arguing over how and where.

I added 3 acrylic painted circles of blood cells in the blood canal. In the story of Jesus’s death, it is recorded that Father Son, and Holy Spirit all felt the pain. This thought inspired me to be symbolic in painting an image of life in the blood felt by the Godhead (3 persons as one in an expression).

Jesus’ life was not normal from beginning to end, it had a supernatural narrative that our natural minds find hard to fathom significance. For most of us, it is out of our comfort zone. Yet He spelled it out clearly in advance, it would happen. As I drew I realized the significance and found myself wanting to be there.

Jesus’ story is embedded in the illustration

His story has traveled through every nation, from Jerusalem to Cairo, London to Paris, Istanbul to New York, and even down under to New Zealand and Australia.

Its foundation and domain of meaning haven’t changed as it traveled through the deserts to the cities.

Wherever you travel in the world you will see His story in art on the walls of caves, in the art of interior decorations in homes, on buildings, bookshelves amidst the great philosophies, to music and poetry and enlivened conversations in the pub and politics. Yet the story remains the same, Jesus resurrected and ascended and said He is coming back the same way in which He left. Whatever we believe will not change this fact. He is the mandatory anchor of good hope in a lost world’s confusion of purpose.

And so this simple Chiaroscuro pencil illustration is packed with meaningful intent to stir us to consider things we may never have given much thought to.

His unique Story

Jesus is a unique story beyond natural comprehension. Ascension illustration covenant love

Everything on earth has a use-by date.

Everything in Heaven is eternal.

Heaven has a Constitution or Ordinance for earth’s welfare. This deemed that a man, without corruption, had to die the penalty of an unjust death. This was to redeem all those under the penalty of death. The darkness (perversion) of man’s heart and the deceit of lying supernatural beings needed to be addressed. The supernatural beings (called demons) control this darkness and can never give peace and that’s one reason why religion cannot work. The Jewish man from the Mesopotamia (Modern-day Iraq) lineage is recorded to have satisfied the demands of the Constitution via his unwarranted death, resurrection, and ascension. In doing so He returned through the clouds to the supernatural Heaven, and out of physical sight for a season.

Jesus has given Heaven’s power of attorney to trustworthy people because of His act of obedience to the Constitution ordinance. He passed it onto us to influence our affairs on earth under Heaven’s watchful eye. For those called to be His ambassadors on earth, His exhortation is to continue His good work through compassion, kindness, forgiveness, and generosity alongside His authority to set captives free, heal the sick, and cast out evil spirits. This brings reconciliation and peace of heart and mind to those who seek and humble themselves to receive. When recipients are healed and whole they are more industrious, peace-filled with assurance, and genuinely look after their neighbors with new care.

Sounds foolish to the natural mind

What’s in Heaven can only be seen when our spirit is born again. This amazes me that the freedom and peace of Heaven have always been to touch base with Earth. For those of us who have experienced this heart-felt peace can truly say, “How good and faithful He really is to His word, and always has been”.

We have all suffered the consequences of our ignorance, privately and publicly, yet before our eyes reconciliation has always been available since His death.

On the whole, some of us are too stubborn to admit we need help so we miss out on His wonder. There is amazing peace and freedom to experience on earth today when you are alive to heavenly glory. Even if you are a skeptic or mock (as I once was) the fact is still the same, it’s available to all who want to partake.

As prophesied, all creation waits for Jesus’ return which will include our earth’s full redemption. This is according to the manufacturer’s plan which any person can easily check out. His return will fix up our mess, and He will come when He knows we are ready.

This illustration feebly reflects part of His past journey from which we have free access to His counsel and may ask for heavens’ advice on any subject we care to talk about. I write this because He heard this poor man’s cry and responded with mercy.


6b lead pencils on archival, acid-free watercolor paper framed in perspex mounted on brushed aluminum sign ply.
* Originals and Limited Edition reproductions supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate, and maintenance/care information.

Please ask about the price and sizes.

Unframed sizes | 850 x short side – $850  |  550 x short side – $550
Printed on long-life archival canvas. Protected with two coats of UV archival spray.
* Stretch-mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.

Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $120  |  420 x short side – $92
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival spray.


Images from “Ascension – The New Covenant Love”  will be exhibited on multiple product lines at Fine Art America

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  • The Original and Limited Edition reproductions ship with the Provenance coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
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