Consider The Lilies

Consider The Lilies

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Consider The Lilies

Title: Consider The Lilies
Pixel Artist: cure  (Level 11 Pixellite :: 80447 points)
Posted: 8/13/2010 20:31
Palette: 14 colors
Statistics:  75 comments    308 faves    0 avatars

The Parable of the Rich Fool

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The ground of a certain rich man produced a bountiful crop. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'

Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."

But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

Consider The Lilies

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Then Jesus said to his disciples:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Observe the ravens: They neither sow nor reap, they have neither storeroom nor barn; yet God feeds them. Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Consider how the lilies grow: they neither labor nor spin.Yet I tell you, not even King Solomon in all his glory was dressed like one of these.

Seek first the Kingdom of God, and these things will be added unto you.

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dmitrytech (Level 3 Litter) @ 11/15/2022 13:43

it’s about the fact that you can’t eat more than you can, and you can’t take it to the grave either - anyway, everything will go to others

syedahumna56 (Level 2 CGA) @ 6/4/2022 06:47


pixelFunBR (Level 3 Dryad) @ 12/26/2019 21:15

It's my new wallpaper now

upper0 (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 7/19/2017 11:29


cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 5/11/2017 05:54

He had that, and then some. Enough that he tore down his overflowing storehouses to build larger ones. Enough that many more people other than himself could eat rather than worry, and still leave him with his usual harvest. And if he shares his wealth, who is to say the kindness would not be repayed by his community were he to fall on hard times?

I get what you're saying though, and I agree that not giving a thought for the future while you frolick like a flower child is not a winning strategy.

Magpie (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/11/2017 04:43

Having a secure supply of food would help with not worrying.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 5/10/2017 13:58

It isn't about not planning, it's about not worrying. The point I take from the parable is that the man should indeed have shared with family, friends, and neighbors, rather than hoard his wealth.

Magpie (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/10/2017 13:34

What a strange parable. Don't plan for the future in case you die before you can reap the benefits? That's fine for lilies, but humans can't photosynthesise. What about the man's family and friends; they get to enjoy the fruits of his efforts, so it's not a waste unless you consider things only worth doing if you yourself benefit. The crop was already there anyway; he was just trying to store it so it wouldn't go to waste. I guess it's supposed to be about anti-materialism, but as beings in a physical world, we have to be materialistic to *some* extent. We can't eat sunlight. Or is it a condemnation of wanting to not live hand to mouth, paycheck to paycheck? Are people not allowed to pace themselves and accrue leisure? Is it considered a lack of faith to not leave the source of your next meal to chance? How bizarre.

Nice pixel art though.

Eggy (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/29/2016 09:36

Sweet Jesus, mate.

...Literally. He looks really great, as does the rest of the piece 

Aureliano (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/8/2015 10:45

Woah beautiful

Worriedcat (Level 1 Depressed) @ 5/11/2013 06:52

brilliant, just brilliant!

Pirata (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 3/30/2013 09:25


lfdf (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 12/11/2012 09:11


lolalol (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/18/2012 09:07

dear god. this must be one of the most beautiful pieces of pixel art I've ever seen.

juliano.tereza (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/4/2012 10:41

 Oh My GOD <- really

jogljoel (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/11/2011 14:54

This would be an awesome tattoo lol

CELS (Level 7 Lotus) @ 8/5/2011 14:55

A pixelart piece that launches a discussion of christian parables, visual continuums and caravaggio. Is this something you just made to post on pixeljoint, or is it part of some art degree? Because if it's the former, it blows my mind.

Hylst (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 8/5/2011 09:24

Original 14 colours piece of art  !   Few dithering, but doesn't need to.  Great Work !

Like the presentation.

Life Dairy (Level 4 Deputy) @ 7/19/2011 22:10

I'm actually glad you can justify your work when needed to, it just shows one of the reasons why you are one of the big guns on this site.

SatTheArtist (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/18/2011 21:13

Great job cure! You are so inspiring! You have no reason to justify yourself to somebody who doesn't even have 1 art piece submitted on their part anyway, pretty obvious what your focal was.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/10/2011 16:39

Seriously dude, if you can't deliver critique without ending with a passive agressive jab, then don't comment.

I've got no issue with you critiquing my work, I encourage critique. But an aggressive attitude is a path that eventually leads to a ban, simple as that. Now please try to chill out, when I critique it's to help, even if I am rather blunt. I understand you feel like I attacked you, but it's healthier for the community if you let it go.

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In response to your actual critique:

The portrait is the primary focal point, the eye should be drawn there initially. It’s in a frame after all, and the outer elements like the flowers and fruit curve around it in a similar circular shape. With these two concentric rings (one real and the other implied), the eye is drawn to the center of the rings: the portrait of Jesus. I’ve also left ample negative space between the portrait and surrounding elements to allow it space to breathe, so to speak. Your eye is meant to move around the piece, of course, but where does it move to? Look at the top left. Following the bird’s tail down to the lower flowers, you’re led into a continuum with the leaves that lead you to the portrait. Follow it up instead, and you’re led around the circle to the other bird, whose tail leads the eye again to the portrait (which the bird faces). Now observe the bottom. The piles of produce reach along the sides the form borders, but also to lead the eye back up to the portrait, which is done more specifically by the vegetation on the carrot and the positioning of the eggplant.

For the visual learners:

variable (Level 1 Depressed) @ 6/10/2011 16:33

Just a suggestion. Pick a focal point. Every element on this piece is the same size therefore I don't know what you want me to look at it. It's called design hierarchy you might want to look into it.

|||| (Level 8 Venus fly trap) @ 5/17/2011 17:37

Just found this. So amazing all the vegetables

and the palette

juandionti (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/3/2011 15:29

I congratulate you, I hope someday mine approach this ...

thanks for the help before, now have if everything is fine ...


cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 3/1/2011 00:13

you're better than I was at your age, pixel everyday and it won't take long

snowk (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 2/28/2011 20:32

Ive been trying to come up with a worthwhile comment for this piece for a while. im just gonna say that this is so good it makes me want to pixel every single day until i get this good. I feel like that wouldn't even work.

TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 1/23/2011 01:01

freeking awesome...

Cilein (Level 5 Irish Elk) @ 11/11/2010 12:19

This is a testament to pixel pushing as a true style of art, fantasmic

mazor (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/6/2010 07:22

 pixel placement is !!!, colors are !!!. simply !!! pic

Almir (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/1/2010 22:14

perfect...good job

Sleepless (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/19/2010 07:19

     I like this alot because a serves a great religious are symbolic purpose, and is a great work of art. Cure, I've seen great pieces from you, but this is just outstanding!

mrduke (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 9/16/2010 03:23

I like this alot...only 14 colors! Nice job!

ProgZmax (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/15/2010 23:08

There are some really interesting color choices here (like the green shade on the skeleton) that I wouldn't have considered using but look very effective in this piece.  Really solid work, all around!

Sneep29 (Level 4 Deputy) @ 9/15/2010 19:21

Great story. Glad to have read them.

ekobor (Level 4 Murderer) @ 9/15/2010 10:37

 Fabulously done. I'd not read that story before, it makes the piece that much more interesting. 

Something about Jesus' hair bugs me, but as I can't put my finger on it, I shall leave it at that.


Congrats on the #, you really deserved it with this piece!

Kite (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/15/2010 05:17

 congrats =o

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 9/12/2010 19:28

There's a comment below explaining where I stand on the topic, but for conventional purposes, yes. It isn't really relevant though, the value of the verses in no way hinges upon a belief in God.

Kite (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/8/2010 13:17

oh, are you an atheist ?

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 9/7/2010 22:06

atheism didn't stop me from making it, no reason it shouldn't keep you from being fully inspired :P

Kite (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/7/2010 19:38

dang thats good, I think I'd be inspired even more if I wasn't atheist lolz

ev149 (Level 4 Button Man) @ 8/24/2010 18:29

Even though I'm Atheist, I love the detail and the colors of the piece.  Excellent job! 

Turquoise (Level 2 Dealer) @ 8/23/2010 14:53

... Woah. The level of aesthetic integrity this piece has is amazing. I love the colors you used, and I really admire the style in which you rendered everything.

Morgengrauen (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 8/20/2010 13:14

the face expression is a sure win! ^^

bonehead11 (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 8/19/2010 13:08

So atmospheric, its like it has its own soul...awesome job.


Its so sad to see people worshiping Jesuses death,they should be praising his teachings. Everywhere you go you hear Jesus DIED for our sins, lets read the gospel of some other guy, give us money because Jesus DIED for our sins,its like an cult of worshiping the murder of Jesus, I dont know what kind of god modern christians worship, but God surely isnt hating, murdering, egoistic, commanding and wrathfull. He loves us, gave us home, gave us immortality wich is our soul and mainly FREE WILL...but that kind of God doesnt evoke fear in peoples heart,so they cannot be controlled easily. Bible was twisted so many times, it was rewritten, destroyed utterlly and its original form is long forgotten in the depth of time. He died because people didnt want to grasp the truth...we killed our own messiah...we killed son of god and are proud of so sickened, we killed in the name of God, we did the most foul things that could ever be done, we murder our own kin, slaughter for vanity and after all of that, like an perfect father he is, he will forgive us, but not without punishment, like a perfect father taking care of his kids. As one wise man once said : "People lose faith in God when he doesnt succumb to their wim." surely he know much more whats good for you than you yourself, its like spoiling children, it leads only to the wrong way or people ask why such bad things happen in the world, its not because of God, its because of us, our actions, we define future, we make things happen, so next time dont ask where is God when bad things happen ask yourself how can I stop this from happening or how could you avoided it, why it happened to you  As they say vanitas vanitatum.

blackmoondev (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 8/19/2010 11:46

 Totally awesome piece!

angrybooger2 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/18/2010 15:42

Love the story and the color palette

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 8/17/2010 14:23

Well I'd certainly disagree with all of that, but to each his own.

I've responded via pm, as I think that's more suitable for a theological discussion. I don't plan on doing any more long-winded rants in the comments :)

antymattar (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 8/17/2010 13:37

Oh... I guess thats not bad. It is always hard to tell people about God or Christ because I cant explain it. It's a bond that I cant really describe. I know that many people get angry or start to troll at me for that fact but to be honest, I don't care. I really do believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and is the son of God because he really has changed my life. By believing in him I got cured from schicophrenia, my dad left smoking and drinking, my brother got healed from savantism and so mutch more. I feel really sad for you though. I do believe in a heaven. Many people say that believing in a God is a wais of time, but  think about it. If I spend my time here worshiping god, and I'm wrong, then I get to spend my what, 60/70/50 years on this earth with that belief. But If those other people are wrong and I'm not then I get to live happily both here AND for eternity. I really hope to see you in heaven.

And choose your side. God said that he dislikes people who are lukewarm(no offence man.)

(sorry if I misspelled something.)

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 8/17/2010 08:47

@antymattar: Not exactly. I think Jesus was a man born through natural means, who performed no miracles, but was not dishonest or misquoted when he said to be "one with the Father". I'm as much an atheist as I am a theist, in that I think the argument is over a straw-man idea of God. I think Jesus preached a universal truth to a Jewish audience, and wasn't the one-and-only this-or-that. I like the gospels (Thomas more than John) and some stuff by Christian mystics, but on the whole I disagree with most modern Christian theology.

@BruceJuice: Blessed are the cheesemakers.

Jabber (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/17/2010 08:32

 Very nice. Beautifully pixelled, with some interesting shading techniques on the fruit. The skeleton is really impressive, too - really realistic. Awesome job.

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