Friday, May 13, 2011

New LDS, Joseph Smith and the First Vision Coloring Page

Joseph Smith and the First Vision coloring page Go to Joseph Smith and First Vision coloring page!This new coloring page is quite exciting for me to have completed. Without putting too much emphasis on the personal feelings that I have felt as I've been working on this for the past several days, the experience has been delightful and profoundly peaceful.

My motivation for producing this coloring page came first from an observation several weeks ago that there were few coloring pages online for Joseph Smith's First Vision, especially for the number of requests that were turning up for it.

The deeper motivation comes out of a profound respect for the significance of this event. I have always appreciated the paintings that draw attention to the fact that Joseph Smith was just a young boy, 14-years-old, when this awesome visitation transpired. Liz Lemon Swindle's depiction with Joseph lying on the ground looking upward into a bright light is one such example. I took as my core reference for this coloring page the painting by Minerva Tiechart. In that painting, Joseph is seen nearly lying on his back, caught completely off guard as these two Heavenly Beings address him and present their message to him. They are not far distant from him either, though they do stand in dignified glory.

Specific consideration for a coloring page representation of the First Vision caused me to simplify the scene. The subtle suggestion of trees and foliage in the coloring page serve as a reminder of the wooded location of this event, without being too detailed. My wife requested that I remove about 1/3 of the folds in the robes, again, for the sake of simplicity.

Details of the actual event can be found on the coloring page itself. Feedback is warmly encouraged, though please being respectful. Thanks!

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