Now that “Still” is finally finished, I’m ready to move onto the next project. I’m excited about tackling a new piece with wisdom as the central subject. In my earlier post I uploaded a sketch called “Seeking Wisdom”, however first I will begin working on another piece about wisdom that was conceived prior to that.
Once again, my inspiration comes from Proverbs 1:20 -23. Here is the scripture from the New King James Bible:
20. Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.
21. She cries out in the chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22. “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning.
And fools hate knowledge.
23. Turn at my rebuke;
Surely, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.”
I’ve been fleshing out her Wisdom’s costume and as stated in my earlier post, I’m trying to combine both medieval and African garb. I played around with this one sketch and posted it to Facebook and much to my surprise, it garnered a very positive reaction. Funny thing about art is that I never know how the audience will react. I just make friggin’ art and hope that people get it.
Last week, I drew a close-up of Wisdom, focusing on the head wrap and the armor-like bodice.
Then I did a series of poses and I’ll do more until I can determine the right one.
We’ll see how this goes. I’ve already made my trek to Hobby Lobby and picked up some gray-tone chalk pastels. Since I’ve had pretty good luck with chalk pastels from the last piece, I’ll give them another go. Looks like I’m not giving up this medium any time soon.
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.
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!