Finished Work: Caveat

The title of this piece baffles me. The Latin origin of this word literally carries the meaning, “let the person beware”. I heard this title whispered by the Spirit over this artwork and I am honestly still trying to work it out.

There seems to be a brilliant harvest coming but the threatening clouds hang over this bounty. Yet the waters don’t betray the churning and swirling of the heavens. What a contrast!

The unapologetically rich colours reflect this contrast as well as the passionate depths of each of the elements mentioned above.

I’d be quite intrigued to find out what your impressions are of this painting, especially what you think of this title. 


  1. Bill Mikkila says

    Caveat in modern business language can mean a clause in a contract that somehow modifies, narrows or annuls the general broad terms thereof. Romans 1:20 refers to the majesty of nature and creation pointing to God, so that man is without excuse for not knowing the Creator. From the Mathew Henry Commentary: “Our Creator’s invisible power and Godhead are so clearly shown in the works he has made, that even idolaters and wicked Gentiles are left without excuse. They foolishly followed idolatry; and rational creatures changed the worship of the glorious Creator, for that of brutes, reptiles, and senseless images. They wandered from God, till all traces of true religion must have been lost, had not the revelation of the gospel prevented it. For whatever may be pretended, as to the sufficiency of man’s reason to discover Divine truth and moral obligation, or to govern the practice aright, facts cannot be denied. And these plainly show that men have dishonoured God by the most absurd idolatries and superstitions; and have degraded themselves by the vilest affections and most abominable deeds.”

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