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Esther Preparing for Audience with the King

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Artist's Statement:

Last week’s post showed a charcoal sketch of Esther preparing for her audience with the king. As I explained, I made the charcoal sketch to prepare myself to do a painting in oil.

Today’s posting shows the oil painting. In stark contrast to the charcoal, the painting uses a wide range of colors, which allows it to convey multiple meanings. For example, the red symbolizes danger, and the setting reflects the opulence of the palace. And, even though the setting provides far more information than the charcoal, the colors make the focus on Esther even more pronounced. She is clad only in a simple silk robe, not the ornate beauty of a queen’s royal gown, and she wears no jewelry. At this moment, Esther is preparing to put her life at risk to save her people, and her status as queen offers no protection.

Oil on Canvas 20 in x 26 in

When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!

​Ted Grant seminal Canadian photojournalist

I am a writer. I live a thousand different lives in a thousand different places, in a galaxy of black and white words. Lend me your imagination, reader, and let me show you new places, new people, and fantastic worlds, in all the myriad colors of your mind.

Christine Stobbe

Canadian author, copyeditor, horse-wrangler

The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story color.

​Emma Hill author – Ashes of Glass

I pray you never stand at any crossroads in your own lives, but if you do, if the darkness seems so total, if you think there is no way out, remember, never ever give up. The darker the night, the brighter the dawn, and when it gets really, really dark, this is when one sees the true brilliance of the stars.

​Gerda Weissmann Klein author, Holocaust survivor

Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.

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