This is a thumbnail sketch for a new painting that I'm just about to begin. It will be the largest painting I've painted to date--4' x 6'. And it will also be the first LDS themed painting I've attempted. But I believe this will be different than any other out there. This scene will be when Joseph Smith was taken from his home in the middle of the night and will be before he was tar and feathered. I want to show him inside this mob of people, my inspiration comes from Caravaggio's Taking of Christ. You see, I want this painting to envoke a very emotional response. I want to portray how horrible this scene really was.
I'm going to try to stay as close to my thumbnail sketch as I possibly can. So I'll sketch this drawing on my canvas before I bring my models in to pose and photograph. This way I can make them fit my idea instead of vice versa. And I'll post progress along the way.
I'm thinking about naming it "Call upon God for mercy". Any thoughts?