Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Triumphal Entry

The Triumphal Entry
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I experimented a little with technique on this piece. I mixed egg yolk in with my watercolors and painted on a surface of gessoed Crescent cold pressed illustration board. This was a fun technique that had some interesting effects. It reminds me a little of acrylic glaze painting however and for control I think I prefer acrylics. If I try this technique again I would like to use true gesso (not the acrylic polymer that usually passes for gesso these days) or I may try just working right on the surface of the illustration board.

If anyone out there has any suggestions on this technique let me know via the comments link at the end of this entry.

I have always felt a little uncomfortable with illustrations of Christ that portray him with a specific likeness. By covering his face with the Hebrew prayer shawl (or tallit) I am attempting to avoid doing so myself.

You may notice that the colt looks more like a horse than a colt. That was intentional on my part. I am attempting to suggest that there was more going on in this scene than meets the eye. I am trying to cast a forward glance toward Revelation 19 where Christ is seen returning on a white horse.

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