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11" x 9"
Photoshop CS2
One of a series of, currently, five pieces using this style and symbology based on occurrences described in the Bible's New Testament. This is also a concept piece for a stained glass window, so it is a bit more colorful than historical documentation would warrant.

More fun with colors, and our Christmas card design, sans text, for this year. Enjoy.
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is so simple yet you can see what is going on...very clever. Lovely clean image and nice colours!
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keight Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Thank you so much, Andy. I really appreciate having your "take" on this.
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
no problem keight :)
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Simple but so pretty! The color palette is perfect =)
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Thank you very much, Lisa; both for those kind words and for the devwatch.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional
nice job
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Thanks, both for your comment and for the fave.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Professional
:D
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Yamenja Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Wonderful job here, Kate. Beautiful lines, super-harmonious colours and a stunningly original approach. I love it! :heart:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Thank you very much, Robbie. Merry Christmas.
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Yamenja Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Merry Christmas to you too, Kate! :D

Ho ho ho :boogie:
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful!!!
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Thank you, Ann, for the kind words and for the fave. Merry Christmas.
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome:hug:
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foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Wonderful image,....I'm loving the abstract style of it :heart:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Thank you, Bernie.

Merry Christmas!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
Stunningly beautiful, trenchant design work; one of the most original and absolutely lovely depictions of this particular family I've ever seen...
:+fav:
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
Thank you very, very, much, Sam; both for the comment and the fave. :hug:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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BenDouglasUK Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
really nice work! I really like the way the way the figures and features have been simplified to an almost abstract quality. I'd love to see the stained glass window this ends up becoming.
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Thank you very much, Ben. It was/is important to get rid of the "that's not how he looks!" factor in this series. As much as I would love to see these done in glass I am contenting myself, for the time being, with completing them for use in a calendar.
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BenDouglasUK Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
it's cool to see something so traditional and "set" done in a completely different way. It's good to know you're allowed creative freedom and your religous views, over here in the UK "political correction" (AKA: Censorship) has led to religious cards and the nativity play being pretty much banned as the government think it offends the racial minority (or now a majority). While we're not allowed to have lit signs sporting "Merry Christmas" it seems perfectly fine to have "Happy Diwali" slung across the highstreet in town...can't help but think that Christianity will soon end up being a small cult due it being made illegal... It's wierd that I care cuz I'm not actually religious, I guess it's just that i've always seen Christianity as a part of English tradition..I'm gunna stop now or I'll probably get arrested and told i'm racist.
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Accommodation when not applied in moderation certainly creates strange issues. Shades of Animal Farm.
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BenDouglasUK Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Indeedy, though it's actually us British citizens who are not given accomodation over immigrants - just the other week I read that it is now illegal to turn away immigrants from a job even if they don't speak english.
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Yeesh!
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Insane-eyeball Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
I don't understand the symbol, but nice colours indeed. And they'll certainly make great stain glass :thumbsup:.
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Thank you. It means a lot when someone can enjoy a work like this for the colors and the flow of the design.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
it really does look like one, lovely piece:)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Thank you. :hug:
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome:)
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It is very beautiful. I like the simple and dynamic shapes you used. Are you actually planning to do a stained glass?


Those shapes, kind of bring to my mind seals and penguins...
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Thank you very much, Coty. I worked out the shapes of the figures years ago when I and the other artists in our church congregation were asked by our governing board to submit designs for the windows in our new sanctuary that we were building. The window designs we submitted were not used, but the original “Nativity”, which looks quite a bit different than this piece, became a painting the church owns, while “Sermon - Stained Glass Study” [link] was commissioned as a painting by the gentleman who was our Pastor at the time. “Two Dispensations - A Study” [link] is also a painting. While I would love to see this piece, as well as the rest of the series, in stained glass, I do not have that skillset.
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wow, that is great and the pieces are beautiful. While I completely understood the sermon one at once, I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the concept behind 'two dispensations', would you mind telling me what is it about?
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Here is the actual scripture basis Two Dispensations from Paul's letter to the church in Rome:

Romans 11:1-12

The Remnant of Israel
1I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3"Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"? 4And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 5So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

7What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened, 8as it is written:
"God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes so that they could not see
and ears so that they could not hear,
to this very day." 9And David says:
"May their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever."

Ingrafted Branches

11Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!

To paraphrase Paul: just because Israel, as a whole, did not accept Jesus as their Messiah, that did not mean that they had rejected God, or that God had rejected Israel. It did mean that when Jesus' teachings were accepted and followed by Gentiles, they also became "children of God".

Now, the "people shapes" on the left in oranges and browns represent the Hebrew tribes, the tall pale beige figure represents the Christ, the "people shapes" on the right in blues and greens represent the gentile nations, the overarching shapes in yellows at the top left represent God the Father, while the white shape represents the Holy Spirit and the light blue oval is just to fill space.

Was that clear, or did I confuse you? :D
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:iconfaerywitch:
faerywitch Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Very clear, thank you very much!
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
You are welcome.
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Ivy00 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
this will make a beautiful window keight, I love all the curves
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Thank you very much, Ivy. I would really love to see this one done on glass. I ought to check with a glazier to see which shapes will really work. :D

I think I finally really figured out how to use PS's pen tool with this one.
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Ivy00 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
you are welcome keight :) I can never get the hang of that pen tool, I can do straight lines , but the curvy ones always frustrate me.
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
I did a lot of reworking the lines in this one, about three different sets, as a matter of fact. Then, when I realized the pen tool in PSCS2 didn't reshape the paths, as it did in Illustrator 8, when I connected the end-points, it was a matter of using paths with only 3 or 4 points to create each figure. After that I gave each figure shape it's own name and color layer and linked them. Then I could just push the pieces around to get them into the correct positions, and any color or line tweaking no longer meant reworking the whole piece.
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Ivy00 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
egads keight lol I think you lost me on the first path :D
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
:D That was how I felt before this piece. I just couldn't figure it out.
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Ivy00 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
lol yeah I always take a left turn on the path when I am supposed to take a right
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Keep going that way and you're right back where you started. :D Or, keep going down that way and you'd go straight to the castle.
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Shellbug Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Wow I love this its so sweet and colorful. I love the Christmas story. :)
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Thank you very much. I do too.
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Shellbug Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
your very welcome and have a Very Merry Christmas
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Cele-1-20 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Hehe wow I like it muchly... the colours are great love the vibrancy. I love how everything is suggestive... but then I guess that is the purpose of abstract... hehe

great stuff :D
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Thank you very much. :D Yes, that is rather a good definition of abstract. :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely work, Katherine.
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