The Magen David Series - Mishkan
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"