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By Elspeth Young

Artwork by Elspeth Young; Photographs by Tanner M. Young

This woman has long been a hero of mine. The greatness of her faith and the stature of her spiritual strength are, to me, on a par with the centurion who besought healing for his servant. Both exemplify implicit faith in and a knowledge of the divinity of the Son of God, and do so without the help of the covenants, teachings, and culture surrounding the house of Israel. To both individuals, the Savior not only mercifully granted the miracle for which they petitioned, but bestowed a commendation for their great faith (see Luke 7:0 and Matthew 15:28). Such commendations echo other scriptural examples of cultural outsiders who sought for and recognized truth, such as the widow of Zarephath, Naaman the leper, the Queen of the South, and King Lamoni's wife.

The painting in progress. Research for this artwork
began in January 2009.
While this story has been the topic of much controversy among many scriptural students and scholars, my depiction of this Biblical scene is an attempt to present a hopeful view of the miracle recorded by Matthew and Mark. Some who read each account are distracted by a seeming racial slur in the Savior's statement that I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel . . . It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs (Matthew 15:24-26). Instead, I see this as nothing more than a riddle-like parable testing her understanding.

She passes the test of faith with flying colors--immediately shaping the parable to suit her urgent desire: Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table (Matthew 15:27) and she is just as immediately and graciously rewarded. As one writer declared: The woman's commendable persistency was based on the faith that overcomes apparent obstacles and endures even under discouragement. (See Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1916, p. 356) Surely, such is the quality of the faith we all seek regardless of race or culture. Indeed, as another ancient prophet inquired--speaking even to those who would have been considered children of the covenant: Are we not all beggars? (Mosiah 4:19)

Clearly, this woman demonstrated her ability to receive whatever gift the Savior might choose to give her. He not only praised her for her faith, but added the gracious promise: Be it unto thee even as thou wilt. (Matthew 15:28)

Accordingly, the posture of the Syrophoenician within the painting is not abject, but worshipful. The Greek words used in both Biblical accounts to describe her behavior as denoting devotion. Hope and anticipation are bright in her eyes, not misery. She looks upward with sincere belief in a loving and merciful Savior. True, she has humbled herself enough to cast herself upon the floor with the dogs, but her attitude is like the humble faithful who succeed in attaining the fruit of the tree of life, described as those who did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree. (1 Nephi 8:30) She, too, recognizes the source of all goodness and falls down at His feet.

In Matthew and Mark, the woman is described as a Canaanite, Greek, and Syrophoenician who located the Savior while He visited the gentile borders of Tyre and Sidon (then under Roman rule). These facts create a wide variety of possibilities for her nationality and appearance. There is, therefore, great latitude in depicting both the figure as well as her surroundings. I chose costuming that lavishly echoes traditional Phoenician dress, a model of Caucasian race since the the races of Phoenicia are supposed to be descendants of Shem, and a background inspired by wall paintings and the stonework of home interiors in ancient Greece and Rome.

Elspeth's under-painting of greyhound
The dog by her side is an elegant Italian greyhound. Such whippets and greyhounds are known to date back to ancient Egypt, and also frequently appear in Roman mosaics.
Some of Elspeth's preliminary sketches of greyhounds



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A new photography gallery at www.alyoung.com features original works by Tanner M. Young. Images in this gallery are available as either Luster Prints or Canvas Giclees in a variety of sizes.

Image categories in this portfolio include:

http://www.alyoung.com/photography/photo-3.67.0003.050.htmlArchitecture
Belgium
Black and White
Landscape
Macro
Object
Panorama
Sunset
Switzerland
Timpanogos

Purchases are routed through our shopping cart with the same shipping rates, quantity discounts, order tracking, and other services already available for products from Al Young Studios.

Periodic additions to this gallery will be announced on this blog as well as our social media.


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http://www.alyoung.com/art/prints/3.22.0081.044.htmlFull-color, printed bookmarks are now available for most of the original artworks in our commercial fine art portfolio.  The price per bookmark starts at $1.50 (plus shipping) with quantity discounts built-in to our shopping cart at www.alyoung.com

Each bookmark measures 2.2 in. x 8.5 in. (55.88mm x 215.9mm) and is printed on sturdy 9pt (110#) paper with a gloss finish.  A full-color image of each artwork, cropped to fit the vertical format of the bookmark appears with accompanying text.  The full selection includes images from each of our fine art collections:

Book of Mormon Collection --  All artworks
Women of the Bible Collection -- All artworks
The Messiah Collection
     And Martha Served (Martha)
     As It Began To Dawn (Mary Magdalene)
     At The Going Down Of The Sun (Nephi the Disciple)
     Bearing A Child In Her Arms (Mary and the Christ Child)
     Go Forth To Meet The Bridegroom (A Wise Virgin)
     I Say Unto Thee, Arise (The Daughter of Jairus)
     I Shall Be Whole (The Woman with an Issue of Blood)
     Living Water (The Samaritan Woman at the Well)
     Martha, Martha
     One By One (The Messiah)
     She Is Come Aforehand (Mary of Bethany)
     So They Brought Their Little Children
     That Good Part (Mary of Bethany)
     The Miracle Of Forgiveness (The Woman Taken in Adultery)
     The Windows Of Heaven (A Certain Poor Widow)
     Unto The City Of David
     Upon Awakening (Pilate's Wife)
     We Heard Him Pray For Us (The Messiah)
     Will Ye Not Now Return Unto Me (The Messiah)
Pioneers of the American West Collection -- All artworks
High Valley Collection
     Bedtime Story
     Den Kommende Varen (The Coming Of Spring
     Den Kommende Vinteren (The Coming Of Winter
     Enchanted Stillness
     Far Away In The West
     In The High Valley
     Journey's End
     Legend
     Sara Crew
     St. Gallen
     The Grey Havens
     Village Study

On the main page for each artwork at www.alyoung.com, the Bookmark option appears at the bottom of the panel of prints and giclees available for the image.
With the availability of these print-on-demand bookmarks, the Studios can still produce custom bookmarks, but only with the addition of a design fee adapted to the requirements of each custom project.

The addition of these 79 bookmark options brings to 2,462 the total of open-edition print and giclee canvas options available at www.alyoung.com -- exclusive retail outlet for all of the artworks produced by the artists of Al Young Studios.


This My Son
by Elspeth Young
This My Son (Alma the Younger and Corianton) is the newest oil painting to be added to the Book of Mormon Fine Art Collection of original artworks from Al Young Studios.  Eleven fine-art print styles and sizes of this new image are now available at www.alyoung.com, ranging in price from $4.10 (4 in. x 5.5 in. poster print) to $115 (11 in. x 17 in. reproduction giclee canvas).

Click here to see a larger image of the new painting, read the artist's commentary, and look at the selection of available prints.

Alma the Younger was a prophet of God in the Americas during the two centuries immediately prior to the birth of Jesus Christ. The story of Alma's own waywardness and subsequent repentance as a youth—-resulting in a greatly altered life—-is a story of hope to all who earnestly seek forgiveness when it seems that forgiveness is impossible; nevertheless, this painting is concerned with the forgiveness that this repentant father extends to his wayward son, Corianton.

This My Son is the 14th original artwork in the Studios' Book of Mormon Fine Art Collection, and the 158th image in the Studios' commercially available fine-art portfolio.

The 11 open-edition prints of this new painting bring to 2,244 the number of prints and giclee canvases available at www.alyoung.com -- exclusive retail outlet for all of the artworks produced by the artists of Al Young Studios.


Angels Of Peace
by Elspeth Young
Angels Of Peace (Abigail Thorne) is the newest oil painting to be added to the Pioneers of the American West Fine Art Collection of original artworks from Al Young Studios.  Eleven fine-art print styles and sizes of this new image are now available at www.alyoung.com, ranging in price from $4.75 (4 in. x 7.25 in. poster print) to $195 (16 in. x 29.25 in. reproduction giclee canvas).

Click here to see a larger image of the new painting, read the artist's commentary, and look at the selection of available prints.

In 1837, sixteen-year-old Abigail Thorne was the first in her community in New York state to be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon emigrating to Nauvoo, Illinois, she became personally acquainted with Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum. After the martyrdom of the Prophet and his brother, and after the persecutions that followed, she and her husband, Samuel Russell, along with most of the population of Nauvoo, were driven from their homes to embark in the dead of winter cold on an exodus to the Rocky Mountains. Abigail suffered every kind of privation and her health was severely compromised. She gave birth to her first daughter, Frances Russell, in the wretchedness and bitter cold of a camp in Nebraska. Not until the following autumn did she and her family arrive in the Salt Lake Valley. It was then that her husband abandoned her to follow the California gold rush.

Angels Of Peace is the 9th original artwork in the Studios' Pioneers of the American West Fine Art Collection, and the 157th image in the Studios' commercially available fine-art portfolio.

The 11 open-edition prints of this new painting bring to 2,233 the number of prints and giclee canvases available at www.alyoung.com -- exclusive retail outlet for all of the artworks produced by the artists of Al Young Studios.
"Oops!"
from the The Storybook Home Journal Blog - Posted on February 25, 2014 - 1:59:00pm


Painting by Thomas Lawrence
We've discovered a printing error in the Northanger Abbey issue of The Storybook Home Journal:

On page 20 under the "Sally Lunn" recipe, it should read:
"1 1/4 cups milk" instead of "1/4 cups milk." 

Reprints of this issue will include the correction.  We apologize for the inconvenience and wish you happy baking!

And for those enjoying part two of Elspeth's art lessons for children, which also appears in Northanger Abbey, click here to access the list of art lesson resources we mention in the article.  There's something for everyone: little ones, students, and adults.


Northanger Abbey
The Northanger Abbeyissue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:

Gardening - To Love A Hyacinth
Hearth - A Notion Of Drawing
Kitchen - In Quest of Pastry, Millinery, and Young Men
Storybook Decorating - The Breakfast Room
Workshops - A Campaign Breakfast Table
The Writer's Garret - A Journey Into The Wilderness

Shop windows along the streets of Bath,
beckoning passersby to sample confection-
ery delights, was the inspiration for this
installment of The Kitchen. Recipes in-
clude the Bath treats traditionally known
as Sally Lunns. Other recipes feature
Raspberry and Candied Almond Tart, a
2-minute tart dough that simplifies a
savory delicacy like Eggs and Bacon Tart,
a sweet version of the dough, and,
finally, York Hotel Soup.
-- Photograph by Elspeth Young
Northanger Abbey is the 80th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000.  All 80 issues remain in print and are available individually or in groups directly from Al Young Studios.
     These are the issues of the Journal that feature the works of Jane Austen. They are for sale at www.alyoung.com, exclusive retail outlet for the artworks and publications of the artists and writers of Al Young Studios:

Pride and Prejudice (vol. 3 no. 2)
Persuasion (vol. 6 no. 2)
Emma (vol. 8 no. 5)
Austen In Autumn (vol. 10 no. 6)
Mansfield Park (vol. 12 no. 3)
Sense and Sensibility (vol. 13 no. 4)
Northanger Abbey (vol. 14 no. 2)
"The White Pavilion, part 27"
from the Seymore Wainscott Blog - Posted on February 19, 2014 - 3:08:00pm


Our Home on the Promontory
by Seymore Wainscott, 1777
A Journey into the Wilderness

The birth of Seymore and Bryhta's eldest children changes their lives as they shoulder the demands of caring for such a large young family. Seymore does his best to help, but it is Bryhta who willingly bears the brunt of the burden so that he can make the most of opportunities at The College. He gives his best effort, but the climate of insecurity and duplicity among the masters is far greater than he imagines. Not every question, not even a guileless question from a fledgling student, is tolerated. The result is the beginning of a wilderness journey that lasts a lifetime.
"80th issue now available"
from the The Storybook Home Journal Blog - Posted on February 19, 2014 - 12:51:00pm


Northanger Abbey
The Northanger Abbeyissue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:

Gardening - To Love A Hyacinth
Hearth - A Notion Of Drawing
Kitchen - In Quest of Pastry, Millinery, and Young Men
Storybook Decorating - The Breakfast Room
Workshops - A Campaign Breakfast Table
The Writer's Garret - A Journey Into The Wilderness

Shop windows along the streets of Bath,
beckoning passersby to sample confection-
ery delights, was the inspiration for this
installment of The Kitchen. Recipes in-
clude the Bath treats traditionally known
as Sally Lunns. Other recipes feature
Raspberry and Candied Almond Tart, a
2-minute tart dough that simplifies a
savory delicacy like Eggs and Bacon Tart,
a sweet version of the dough, and,
finally, York Hotel Soup.
-- Photograph by Elspeth Young
Northanger Abbey is the 80th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000.  All 80 issues remain in print and are available individually or in groups directly from Al Young Studios.
     These are the issues of the Journal that feature the works of Jane Austen. They are for sale at www.alyoung.com, exclusive retail outlet for the artworks and publications of the artists and writers of Al Young Studios:

Pride and Prejudice (vol. 3 no. 2)
Persuasion (vol. 6 no. 2)
Emma (vol. 8 no. 5)
Austen In Autumn (vol. 10 no. 6)
Mansfield Park (vol. 12 no. 3)
Sense and Sensibility (vol. 13 no. 4)
Northanger Abbey (vol. 14 no. 2)


Northanger Abbey
The Northanger Abbeyissue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:

Gardening - To Love A Hyacinth
Hearth - A Notion Of Drawing
Kitchen - In Quest of Pastry, Millinery, and Young Men
Storybook Decorating - The Breakfast Room
Workshops - A Campaign Breakfast Table
The Writer's Garret - A Journey Into The Wilderness

Shop windows along the streets of Bath,
beckoning passersby to sample confectionery
delights was the inspiration for this
installment of The Kitchen. Recipes
include Bath buns (Sally Lunns) as well as
a two-minute tart dough that simplifies puff
pastry for sweet and savory delicacies such as
Raspberry and Candied Almond Tart or Eggs
and Bacon Tart. A recipe is also provided
for York Hotel Soup.
-- Photograph by Elspeth Young
Northanger Abbey is the 80th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000.  All 80 issues remain in print and are available individually or in groups directly from Al Young Studios.
     These are the issues of the Journal that feature the works of Jane Austen. They are for sale at www.alyoung.com, exclusive retail outlet for the artworks and publications of the artists and writers of Al Young Studios:

Pride and Prejudice (vol. 3 no. 2)
Persuasion (vol. 6 no. 2)
Emma (vol. 8 no. 5)
Austen In Autumn (vol. 10 no. 6)
Mansfield Park (vol. 12 no. 3)
Sense and Sensibility (vol. 13 no. 4)
Northanger Abbey (vol. 14 no. 2)