Luke 2:20 (NLT)
The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
TIME OF DAY:
Lighting for this scene comes from the stars, especially the large one in the top left hand corner.
Three shepherds, returning to their flocks on the hills near Bethlehem.
This is the last picture I needed to finish, to complete the 10 scene collection of The Nativity SET01.
This scene is similar to previous ones in this set (e.g. Luke 02 – Nativity SET01 – Scene 03 – Shepherds) in that it deliberately contains similar colours in the background, mid ground & fore ground elements, in order to maintain continuity between the scenes in this set. I have changed the background to include a large rocky valley. The small village of Bethlehem is out of sight, below the large star.
In the original picture (completed 03/November 2014) I only had three shepherds, returning from seeing Jesus in Bethlehem, & praising God. You’ll notice that in several of the previous scenes I have opted for three shepherds. However, I felt that this final scene lacked something, so I added the fourth shepherd (on the left) as a revision on 02/December/2014, which balances the scene better. The fourth shepherd didn’t see the angels or go to see Messiah, which is why he is shrugging his shoulders with raised hands & that questioning expression on his face, as if to say to the other three “Huh? Where have you been & why all this praising of God?!”