Nativity of the Lord – Christmad Eve
The readings for Christmas Eve are Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7 and Luke 2:1-20
Instead of looking for a common theme between texts like I have been mostly doing for my other pieces. I have decided to focus solely on the events of the night Jesus was born. This peice is based particularly off v20 of Luke 2: “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
I wanted to move away from the typical Nativity Scene and be more creative with the story.
The Bible tells us the Magi “wise men” did NOT see Jesus as a Babe in a manger that night but actually saw Him as a Child in a house later on. On the night of Jesus birth, shepherds near by Bethlehem were invited to see Him in the manger. This image is them after being at His birth place and walking away back home praising God. (There is debate whether the Shepherds saw the star of Bethlehem or not, even if they did they are walking away from Bethlehem now which is why there is no “big star” in the sky.)
Talking to a friend of mine, they figured the shepherds would have all been most likely negro (or similar), however we do know that some Jews were white. So to be as realistic as I could, I had 1 one, 1 black and 2 of dark middle eastern/mediterranean skin colour.
I researched what clothing men of this time wore (tunics, kercheifs, shirts/coats that are worn over the tunic). Jewish men in this time (similar to some now) would also have tassels on the end of their garments as well as showing a blue stripe.
I hope you understand the theology and attempt at Biblical accuracy behind this peice.
This is the biggest peice of the challenge this month.
Merry Christmas to all of you. Try not to take this holiday in vain because it could make you end up in a lot of trouble.
Praise to God for giving me the motivation and artistic ability to create this peice for His word.
Acrylic, text added in PS CS6