Road to Bethlehem


I’ve always loved the story of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem. Artists have always shown her riding the back of a donkey. As I’ve thought about it, I have imagined them on a dry, dusty road. The area is somewhat barren. The sun is hot, and Mary is very uncomfortable with her pregnancy. She has to stop — Joseph holds her as she suffers contractions. To me, this seems more likely than the paintings of the renaissance. This is my version.

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November 30, 2012

nicole @ 2:41 pm #

What a great explanation of the painting and of what Mary most likely was going through. Very nice.

Jennifer @ 3:02 pm #

It turned out beautiful! I love the surroundings, and the blue in the shadows behind Mary and Joseph. I also love the shadows on Joseph’s coat. The look on his face is perfect, the look of concern a loving husband would have for his suffering young wife. Love, love, love!

Sarah @ 3:36 pm #


Christine @ 4:10 pm #

I love this one, especially the look on Mary’s face. Such a good Christmas painting.

Todd @ 9:45 pm #

Tom, there’s almost a tangible clarity in this piece. It’s wonderful.

December 4, 2012

Ashley @ 9:57 am #

I love this :) Mt favorite parts are the shadows behind Mary and Joseph, and also their clothing

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