Luke 2:17-18 (NLT)
17 After seeing him [the baby Jesus], the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, …
TIME OF DAY:
There is both cool & warm lighting in this scene. The cool blue moon or star light can be seen reflected off the walls of the buildings on the right; also on the edges of the figures, plants & hills in the background.
Contrasting that cool blue/white colour is the warm yellow/orange of the artificial light, which comes from two sources:
01) There is a unseen fire in the left hand house, which is throwing yellow light onto the edges of the old man & woman in red, who are standing in their doorway, on the left of the scene.
02) There is a similar house fire glow coming from the dwelling on the right, which you can see throwing a yellow/orange glow onto the edges of the man & child standing in the doorway.
Three shepherds talking to various villagers.
This scene is set in the village of Bethlehem, in central Israel, about 6 miles (10 km) south of Jerusalem.
I had fun drawing the various people’s expressions in this scene, especially the old man on the far left in a purple robe!
Notice the old man on the right of the scene is standing in the street in bare feet, having just stepped out of his house to see what all the commotion is about! I thought it would be nice to have the child by his side (his grand daughter?) mirroring his bare feet as well.
The three shepherds are the men in the centre of the scene, excitedly talking to people. They are the same three from the previous scene (Luke 02 – Nativity SET02 – Scene 07 – Shepherds find Jesus).
The shepherd on the left & in the foreground, is moving ahead of the others, carrying a lamb (Ovis aries) as he did in the previous scene. I really enjoyed drawing the green shepherd who has grabbed two palm leaves & is flapping them about in a gesture like the wings of the angels he is describing. The right hand shepherd (in mushroom grey colours) has one hand pointing up towards the sky as he excitedly explains about the angelic visitors they just witnessed.
There is an olive tree (Olea europaea) growing up the house wall, on the extreme left hand side of this scene. In this version of the picture I have made it darker, so that it contrasts boldly against the figures in the scene.
Luke 02 – Nativity SET01 – Scene 08 – Crowds astonished.
Scene without the figures, so you can see the townscape underlying the scene.