Mishkan - The Tabernacle
Mishkan - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Board

For more information about this painting, email the artist at adam@hebrewart.com
“The Lord spoke to Moses saying, 'On the day of the first new moon, on the first day of the month, you shall build the Mishkan, the Tent of Meeting. There, you shall keep the Ark of Testimony...” Shemot/Exodus 40:1

This was the portable sanctuary, or tabernacle, the Jewish people build and carried throughout their journey in the desert. The design of the outer rim that frames the six-pointed star was in my sketchbook for years, but the center remained empty. After studying the parsha, the Torah portion that describes G-d's specific instructions for the items to be used in the Mishkan, I created a Magen David design that combined the twelve-stoned Choshen (breastplate worn by the Kohen Gadol/High Priest), the Ark of the Covenant, and the seven-candled menorah. When eventually united with the outer rim design, the composition was complete.

I used a wet-into-wet watercolor technique to apply the colors, an homage to the cloud that would settle upon the Mishkan when G-d's Presence was communing with Moses and Aaron.

Text by Louise Temple from the book "Hebrew Illuminations"