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Bliss, by Nancy Cupp, is a colored pencil drawing of two blue orchids


“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright:
for the end of that man is peace.” Psalm 37:37


Nancy Cupp

9 x 12 inches

Prismacolor colored pencils

© Nancy Cupp.  All rights reserved.

I love flowers and bought some blue orchids from the department store.  I’d never seen blue orchids before.  I was able to keep the orchid growing for a few years, but, the following year, it reverted to its true color, which was white.  I took several photos of it and did some colored pencil studies from them.  Brilliant colors fascinate me.  I’ve learned that when we get to heaven, we’ll see more colors than we are capable of seeing now.  Since Jesus is the Light of the world, I think His light will reveal the most awesome colors that we can’t even imagine.  That’s probably why I am attracted to vivid colors, because each color reveals a little bit more of His glory.


I couldn’t think of a name for this painting, so I held a little “Name this Painting” contest and the winner named it Bliss.  I liked the name but wanted a deeper understanding of it’s meaning. I found out that bliss means perfect or extreme happiness to the point of ecstasy, especially the ecstasy of salvation, spiritual joy, or the state of ecstasy found in heaven.  Some synonyms are: above, heaven, kingdom come, New Jerusalem, paradise, sky, and Zion.


“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11 

“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” Psalm 5:11


There can be no true happiness until we are at peace with God and our fellow man. 


“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” Psalm 37:37


The Hebrew word for peace (shalom) has a much deeper meaning which includes completeness, perfect health, and abundance to every area of life: physically, mentally, and spiritually.  The world cries out for world peace, but it will only happen with the coming of the Prince of Peace or (Sar Shalom).


“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6


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