Scripture Picture image of Ephesians 6:913-17, now displayed Sotheby's

My "Ephesians 6:13–17" Scripture Picture Was Auctioned at Sotheby's

I chose Ephesians 6:13–17 for this Scripture Picture because of its depiction of the power and potential of "The Armor of God."

To appreciate that verse's potential impact, it's wise to read it in its context. Here is Ephesians 6:13–20 NIV.

The Armor of God

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

About my original Scripture Picture:  The font family I used for the passage is a TrueType font named "Shadowed Germanica."

The armored woman is Nicole Leigh Verdin, who starred in the 2009 movie "Shroud," produced by Jetrefilm Entertainment. You can see the movie's trailer on Vimeo.

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Sotheby's Has Auctioned One of My Most Popular Scripture Pictures

One of my 700 Scripture Picture creations was offered at Sotheby's London last week. [Not]

My "Ephesians 6:13–17" was fought over by four telephone bidders, reflecting newly energized demand for high-quality Christian creations. My composite was bought by an anonymous bidder for an undisclosed price. "This was a momentous night for the art market," declared the auctioneer, after her evening sale of all things Bible-related. "There's now a general sense of investor confidence in contemporary Christian art. Mr. Camp's work was purchased by a German-speaking telephone bidder, against spirited competition from at least two Asian collectors."

I was initially inspired to create this Scripture Picture, having come across two photographs of a woman wearing armor; they brought to mind the "Armor of God" passage in Paul's Ephesians chapter 6. To maximize the impact of my new composite, I sat down at my trusty Macintosh and used numerous Adobe Photoshop tools and filters to fully orchestrate an artistic marriage of photos and text.

I believe that I effectively transformed my original digital creation (shown here), with artistically placed and styled text, into a realistic-looking framed oil painting, suitable for an auction. My completed Scripture Picture of "Ephesians 6:13–17" appears to be attended to by several aggressive bidders. See the details beneath the photo.

Warren Camp's Scripture Picture on Display at Sotheby's London

Ephesians 6:13–17

See his full-size original Scripture Picture of this passage.

To create this authentic-looking "Scripture Picture Displayed at Sotheby's" faux creation, I opened my original production in Photoshop to seemingly "hang my picture" on an auctioneer's wall photo. Using a different photo, I created a new layer of a selection of two men in suits. I ordered both Photoshop layers, effectively placing the men directly in front of "Ephesians 6:13-17," making it appear that my Scripture Picture was in that auction house being bid upon.

My Photoshopped composite photo creates the
illusion that my piece is being auctioned off to the highest bidder when, in fact, my creation was never anything more than a digital Photoshop production.

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