Monday, April 12, 2010

Biblical Watercolors

Lately, I’ve been inspired to do some painting using watercolors. I don’t consider myself to be a master of the medium by any means, but I enjoy using them.
It seems I find a lot of satisfaction in biblical subject matter, for I keep going back to it. They’re the stories I grew up with.

My first picture is that of Jacob wrestling what most call an ‘angel’. I prefer not to call the person an angel because the verse says that he wrestled with a man who, from the language, can be inferred as being God. For this reason, there are no wings. Whenever I’ve seen this depicted in paintings, the wrestlers are usually both standing with their arms locked. When I think of wresting however, I think of a down-and-dirty, on the ground power match, so in my depiction, that’s how I made it. It’s not a realistic pose by any means, but I think it shows some emotion.

My second picture was inspired by Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. I had always wanted to do a picture of Moses but never did, so here is one. It depicts Moses removing his shoes in front of the Burning Bush.