Here I chose the face first by combining different photos of hair, pose, coloring and expression and then contemplated what Faith message I could attach to it. I felt the Bible verse from the Prophet Isaiah Chapter 1 verse 17 matched and even better since it has references to colors of white, crimson and scarlet. The verse reads, "Come now and let us reason together saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow, though they be red like crimson they shall be as wool."
I decided to try to leave lots of areas white such as the hair and parts of the face. To do this I used the wax from a candle and drew the hair so the watercolor wash would be repelled by it: and areas of the flesh I covered with random pieces of blue painter's tape. I used red ink for the lettering and the low-lights in the hair.
The face was begun with watercolor pencil then washed over to give a soft blend. I added more random pieces of blue painter's tape to the face to give the fractured broken look. I did the water colors of blue, red, purple, and yellow in layers of wash. I was hoping to combine the ideas of sin and cleansing with the areas of red and blue. At the top I introduced a warm yellow, I know it is an obvious statement of heaven but I am a believer and had to make the point.
Some splatters of red was the last step to finish the project. I am very happy with the results.
From first study sketch to completion was about three weeks
|Abstract portrait Isaiah1:17|
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