This is my entry for the 2nd Steemarket Art Contest. I decided to name this painting 'Joseph and the Caravan to Egypt' because if you are familiar with the story of Joseph and his 11 brothers in the Bible, you would know which scene I am referring to.
The idea for this painting was inspired by a Bible story I taught during my one-month stint as a Sunday School teacher last month. The Bible story we were exploring was the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis.
For those who are not familiar with this story it basically tells about Joseph who was the son of Jacob, one of the patriarchs of the Israelites. Joseph had a younger brother, Benjamin, and 10 half-brothers. However, Joseph was Jacob's favorite son. Joseph was greatly resented by his half-brothers due to Jacob's favoritism. So one day his brothers plotted to kill him but then changed their minds. They decided to sell Joseph to some Ismaelite merchants who were on their way to Egypt. Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver.
The Bible never mentioned Joseph's reactions but we could imagine what it was like for him - anger, hopelessness, helplessness, fear, sadness. I imagined his loneliness as he traveled with the caravan across the Arabian desert. He must had been full of fear of the uncertainty of his future. He knew no one, and his life depended on the mercy of those who would own him (as a slave). So this journey to Egypt was my inspiration for this painting. If you look closely at the painting, you probably can guess which one is Joseph!
Details of the painting:-
Title: Joseph and the Caravan to Egypt
Size: 8.3 x 11.7" (A4)
Date: 7 August 2017
Technique: Watercolor and marker on paper
Two progress photos of this painting.
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