For a while I’ve wanted to create a work about seeking wisdom as described in the Book of Proverbs.  Wisdom appears early on in the book and can be found throughout the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chapters.  The scripture that inspired me was in Proverbs 2:4-5:

“If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.”

In this sketch, Wisdom who stands in the foreground, looks behind her after she hears someone coming through the heavy brush. She smiles (although unfortunately it doesn’t translate at all in this drawing) when she sees a man who happens to find her after a long, hard search. To me the connection between the two is key. The look on the man’s face should ask the rhetorical question, “Where have you been all my life?”  Wisdom’s expression should imply a sign of relief and joy that someone finally found her.

Seeking Wisdom

The wardrobe for these two will be to be hardest for me to design because I want to fuse both African and Medieval styles. Right now Wisdom’s garb is simple and I don’t want her to look like the Lady-of-the-Lake. Also in the final work, I intend to have the man more in the open rather than peeking through the brush.

My medium will be either chalk pastel, charcoal or pencil.  The colors will be more of a gray tone/black and white with a pop of color somewhere, most likely in the jewel around Wisdom’s neck.

Well, it’s a lot to do.  Once I wrap up my other piece, “Still,” I’ll get started on this one.  Can’t wait!


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