To emphasize the relavance to our lives today, I choose to paint Mary and Jesus using modern portraiture style. I have researched the clothing styles and cloth production of their day, and have chosen a dye for Jesus garment made of readily available wild plant dye,. Mary I have depicted in white, as was common then due to the cotton and wools being mostly naturally white.
The robes of men and boys were often striped, an easy pattern on a home loom, and women did not cover their hair, but kept it tied back or in a bun, not hanging loose as was the custom of prostitutes. Head coverings were mandatory for women in temple, but not for men, although men also had head shawls for prayer.
Most of us are very accustomed to the 13th and 14th...
As an artist, I am awed by and in love with all of God's creation! Painting landscapes, portraits of people and animals, I try to depict the essence of that individual subject.
Often I will take photographs before and after some quick sketches, jotting down notes on the sketch about the color, or feeling of the piece and then begin painting. But, with portraits, sometimes having the subject actually present is not possible. Then, I need to get to know the subject, through discussion with a person who did actually know, or through biographies, photos, old paintings. Before I paint an animal or a person or even landscape, I must know about them so that I may "capture the essence" of the subject. Just looking at a photograph is not...
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