After blocking in the tree on the bank, the small branches are indicated with a fine liner brush. You may click on this, or any other image, to see an enlargement.

Rocks are painted wet-into-wet over the water behind them. Mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White are used.

The uppermost rocks of the outcropping are illuminated by the sun. White is added to the rock mixtures for the highlights.

The bright Bougainvillea, tumbling over the rocks, is painted with Permanent Rose + Magenta + White and Permanent Rose + White.

Sunlight, streaming into the painting from the left, sparkles on the long arms of the Bougainvillea gently dancing in the breeze.

On Pastor Doug’s previous trip to the Holy Land in 2019, the Sea of Galilee was very low. At that time, the six stones were high and dry on the beach in front of the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter at Tabgha.

It is believed this is the spot where Jesus appeared to his disciples for the third time after his Resurrection and cooked for them. Where Jesus called out to his apostles, telling them to cast their net to the right side of the boat, where they caught so many fish, they couldn’t even haul in the net. Upon their return to shore, they saw that Jesus had prepared breakfast for them. The rock on which they ate, known in Latin as “Mensa Christi,” is located inside the Church directly in front of the altar. It was soon after this meal that Jesus questioned Peter and gave him his commissioning as the head of His Church:

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17)

The 6 heart-shaped rocks that once made up the bases of second century columns commemorate the spot believed to be where Jesus stood and called out to his disciples while they were fishing. Though they wouldn’t have been around during the time of Christ, these stones hold a beautifully symbolic meaning to the Christians that journey to see them today. They represent the three questions and the three answers that are exchanged between Jesus and Peter, the depth of love that Jesus holds for his people, and the movement of the heart that Peter experienced to shepherd the flock that Jesus left to his care.

On our trip to Israel this past May, the water level was much higher. The stones were so deep that we couldn’t see them. But just hearing Pastor Doug and the others who had also been on that trip talk about them, I knew I wanted to include these awesome stones in my painting of the Sea of Galilee. So I made the water level lower than it was when I was there, but higher than when the previous picture was taken. Therefore, the stones are partially submerged.

I decided to call this painting, “HEARTS OF STONE – Filled with LOVE”. I don’t know about you, but I normally don’t associate Filled with LOVE and HEARTS OF STONE. If any association at all is made…. it’s LACK of Love.

BUT, on the Sea of Galilee, there are Hearts of STONE – Filled with LOVE! I pray that your Heart will be filled with the strength of the LOVE represented by these stones. Thank you for following along!

With Hugs,


© Senkarik 2022


10 Responses to “HEARTS OF STONE – Filled with LOVE!”

  1. Ray Dane Says:

    As always, Mikki – BEAUTIFUL!

  2. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    Thank you so very much for letting me walk with you on this amazing journey. Like a lot of Christians I have always wanted to walk where Jesus walked but will never have the chance. You bring it all to life with your paintings and your words, I feel blessed! Thank You! May God Bless

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Patricia, I so appreciate your kind words. I feel very blessed that I was able to make this journey and Our Lord allows me to share through my art. Have a blessed day!

  3. Lynanne Badger Says:

    Oh! I love this so much Mikki! The feeling of this one is different from your normal paintings in a more naturalistic feeling, and yet it’s still inviting me to step into it like all of them do.

  4. Don Dillard Says:

    Beautiful work!!!! Like what you did by including the Stone bases…adds interest 👍keep going Mikki👍👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏🙏

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Marilyn Anderson Says:

    Mikki, you’re turning your beautiful artwork journals into an outreach ministry! That is so awesome… what a wonderful way to share scripture and its meaning! Another lovely painting, but especially I love and appreciate the “cross” of light above the boat. Brilliant! 🤗🙏 Many blessings, Marilyn

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Thank you Marilyn, I appreciate your encouragement. God has blessed me so much I want to share. This trip was amazing and touched my heart in many ways. Yes, I loved how the sunlight glimmered on the mast and crossbar on the boat, making a “cross of light”! Like Jesus is in our lives. With Big Hugs, Mikki

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