Take and Eat, Part Two

I finally took a deep breath and started painting “Take and Eat.”

Then I remembered I wanted to also do the cup verses, and it really would be better if I did them at the same time so the skin tones matched. It would also give each side a chance to dry while I worked on the other painting. So I sketched out the other set of hands and filled in the background.

I had a lot of highs and lows during the process. There are so many layers with watercolor!

So many times I redrew the forefinger on his left hand. I couldn’t remember what was going on here. And I kept blending the shadows into the finger, too.

The trickiest part was when I thought I loved the hands, and then I had to figure out how to add the objects in. I’ve spent a lot of time working on hands, but bread and pottery not so much.

I got through it, but I didn’t love it. Everything seemed so monotone. The hands shouldn’t be the same color as the bread and the pottery. I thought I had the skin tone right, but now it was way too yellow. However, I was afraid to go over it with another wash and details.

Everything is the same color!

I messaged a friend who had been following my progress, and she asked if I could lighten the background. You can’t with watercolor because once it’s on the paper, it’s there. You can only add more layers and make it darker. I had been thinking about going over it again though, so maybe with sepia instead of black?

That I loved! The photo doesn’t show it as well, but it really made the hands pop. The colors of the sepia and black all separated out and swirled together making a beautiful, surreal background that these paintings just called for.

I matted and framed them, and I added abbreviated versions of the verses from Matthew at the bottom of the mats. They look stunning.

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples. He said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the new testament, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Matthew 26: 26-28 (EHV)

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