Hand Study, Part 3

These are the final two images in my hand study paintings.

In the first one, the original inspiration photo has a very dark background, but that didn’t really work for this painting series. I probably could have made the shadows a bit darker in the cupped hands and on the arm around the light, but I think I was afraid of overworking the art, too.

The Light of the World
When Jesus spoke to them again, he said, "I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
- John 8: 12 (EHV)

The second painting was a fun challenge because the image I chose for my inspiration had a metallic mirror compact. How do you convey that with watercolor? I’m actually really pleased with how this one came out overall.

Set a Guard Over My Mouth
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord, 
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
- Paslm 191: 3

Overall, this was a fun project to work on while I recovered from the seizure in March last year. I learned a lot about highlights and shadows, layering and mixing colors. It was intense and fun. I poured my heart and soul into these works. We ended up matting and framing them all, and they look really nice. It’s a small bathroom, but it’s not plain and boring any more. The Light of the World painting ended up over by the sink, so it’s not in this photo.

Hand Study paintings, framed

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