Queens of Light – Elizabeth – an Introduction

November is here already. Christmas decorations are popping up all over the place and I find myself humming the Christmas songs played in my local Pick n’ Pay.

But Christmas cheer aside I’m here to share the latest addition to my Queens of Light portrait series. I had mentioned that I would be doing Queen Esther next but life kept getting in the way and I have yet to meet up with the lovely lady I asked to model as her.

Instead I decided that it would be a good idea to at least get started with something and my Mother being as dark and lovely as she is, fit my idea of cousin Elizabeth perfectly and seeing as she lives right next door, Elizabeth it was!

For those of you that have no clue who Elizabeth is; she is the cousin of Mary (Mother Mary, The Virgin Mary) and mother to John the Baptist. She was quite a bit older than Mary, around 40-60 yrs old and considered to be well past her child bearing years. She was married to Zacharias, a Priest in the Jerusalem Temple.

I see Elizabeth as a Queen of Light because of the strength of her faith. She had remained faithful through the years that she had not being blessed with the child that she so greatly desired. Bearing children was highly esteemed and not being able to bear children was seen as a lack of womanhood. Despite the gossip she must of endured and the disappointment of not being a mother at the time, she stayed faithful and hopeful. Then, upon receiving the news that she would soon be with child at her age, she still had no measure of doubt but accepted this blessing with faithful confidence, no matter how impossible it seemed.  “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45.

I asked my Mother to model as Elizabeth in our own backyard.

I have not yet started the Acrylic portrait but I have completed a charcoal portrait.

For those of you who are perhaps not religious, simply appreciate this as a portrait of an Israeli mother (and seeing as my mother carries Israeli blood, it’s not far off).

Let me know what you think.

 

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Work in Progress.

 

 

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Final. Charcoal Portrait – A4 on Sketch paper.

 

Below I added a few photos of the reference image I’ll be using for the Acrylic Portrait, all ready for action.

I’ll post a few progress photos in the coming week as this painting unfurls.

You’ll have noticed that I focus primarily on portraiture but I’ve been experimenting with the idea of floral photography pieces and animal portraits, so we’ll see how that goes. Let me know what you would like to see more of in the comments below.


c.h

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