Miriam Comforting Yocheved - Charcoal
Updated: Sep 13, 2021
I characterize my style as imaginative realism. I start each painting having both a visual base in the real world and an image of how I would like to transform the real to incorporate the imagined.
This description explains in part while the subject of the charcoal shown below is the same as the charcoal posted last week -- Miriam (Moses’ sister) comforting Yocheved (mother of Moses and Miriam) as Yocheved has decided to abandon her infant son in the hopes of saving his life.
The model for Yocheved is the same, but the model for Miriam is different. Luckily, the two models for Miriam are sisters. (A charcoal with a third sister is in progress, as is a charcoal of Yocheved and Moses, without Miriam.)
Why so many charcoals? For a mother (and perhaps especially a mother who is a Jew), the scene and story wrench at the heart. It is both difficult and essential to “get it right.” Each different model of Miriam provides a different “visual base” to support my imagination; fortunately the sisters sufficiently resemble each other so the differences are not discordant.
9" x 15.25"
Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself”
Everything you can imagine is real.
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