I am beginning the collage process for the story of Jairus’ twelve year old daughter and the woman with the hemorrhage of blood for twelve years. First, I draw out a sketch, in my head or on paper, to get started. It never quite ends up the way I draw it.
Next, I lay down the background for the main characters. I’ve got some marble paper from Italy for the water. I’ve got my newly painted papers for mountainous textures, sky and land. In the story, Jesus has just crossed the sea having just spent time removing a legion of demons from a man in the country of the Gerasenes.
I decide to make Jairus and Jesus bigger than I originally thought I would, so I switched their positions from the way I had my original drawing. Jesus is heading on His way, but He stops for Jairus. I want Jairus in a humble position, bravely asking, begging Jesus to heal his daughter, just as in the original account from the Bible.
“And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him.” – Mark 5:21-24