And it came to pass that [Pharoah's] priest made an offering unto the god of Pharaoh, and also unto the god of Shagreel, even after the manner of the Egyptians. Now the god of Shagreel was the sun. Now, this priest had offered upon this altar three virgins at one time, who were the daughters of Onitah, one of the royal descent directly from the loins of Ham. These virgins were offered up because of their virtue; they would not bow down to worship gods of wood or of stone, therefore they were killed upon this altar, and it was done after the manner of the Egyptians.
By Elspeth C. Young
the story in this painting
the creation of this painting
The easel at which Elspeth works was designed and made by Al in 1992. Since then, it has been modified several times. The most recent major addition was the framework at which Elspeth is working in the foregoing photograph
For years, I have enjoyed painting Nigerians, Haitians, Ethiopians, African Americans, and a host of other races besides—Mestizo, Native American, Filipino, Oriental, Latino. The list goes on... Read more »
By Elspeth C. Young The Blessings Afar Off was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.
Dimensions (unframed width x height)
14 in. x 18 in.
Research commences - July 2015
Painting completed - March 2019
This section presents only one or two items that may be of interest to professional artists, amateurs, and others interested in the work of the Studios.
These excerpts from Elspeth's Painting Diary during the creation of this painting provide a glimpse of the nature of this project:
February 11, 2019
January 5th I began work in earnest on a 14- x 18-inch panel, using leftover paint at the end of each session working on another project, to rough-in a background for the stucco layer for the new painting of my grandmother... Read more »
By Al R. Young The Blessings Afar Off is the newest oil painting to be added to the line of original artworks from Al Young Studios.
Click here to see a larger image of the new painting, read the artist's commentary, and look at the selection of prints--if any are available.... Read more »