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Joseph's First Vision by Flatliner74 Joseph's First Vision by Flatliner74
"After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.
But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destructionónot to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any beingójust at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of clight exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the otheróThis is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"

From the prophet Joseph Smith's History. An account of his first vision of God the Father and Christ the Son appearing to him as a 14 year old boy in a grove near his home in Palmyra New York in the early spring of 1820. This was probably the greatest spiritual event since the resurrection of Christ. Joseph would go on to translate the Book of Mormon by the power of God and found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Divine direction.
I know this is a departure from my other works, and it's supposed to be. I wanted to do a work that said something .. well.. more. Maybe some thing that made someone think for once, or even better, pray. All praises to God the Father and Christ the Son and to the Testimony of the Holy Ghost which made this piece possible. Amen
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Iliaytira5006 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Gorgeous work!
Rock455 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
That event really did happen. And nice job
RebeKahsOwnPlace Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice I like how you drew him 
ravanfeathers Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is so cool!!!!!!!
cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It is a very nice drawing...
Rajalyoko23 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is the best Mormon art I seen on DA.

RayeofSunshine Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
mideva Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i believe you are a very talented person! i really like those details you have, thats pretty much what makes art,art! get that!? good, now this is a very nice job you've done,go joseph!
wirepaladin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I really like this painting. With all the image's of Christ and his Father I see in art. somehow they all don't appear to impress me as to what he really looked like. I like this work because, I feel what the person is seeing. I wonder myself?
7disney7 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
beautiful! l-
Shahrezad1 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is a really stirring rendition of the first vision, and I love how alive and "in the moment" you've made this image. The hand especially, cut from the page but wholly articulated, amazes me, and the first detail I noted was really the two tones of color for his eyes.

Lovely, lovely work. It really brings the spirit with it, and makes me want to create similar pieces in the wake of your example. :)
Aljazee Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
tealbabe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
it's so colourful!! i'd never imagined the first vision like this before!!!
now whenever someone says 'the first vision' or 'Joseph Smith' i'll be reminded of this amazing picture!!!
LightningSwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Beautiful. I love the eyes and his expression.
BekaDavis Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so beautifully rendered, I love his face. :heart: Thank you for sharing it!
vajrasana Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful job, as a LDS member I really love this peace :)
nosmelone Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
Amazing work bro! I'm LDS myself....I do quite a bit of mormon artwork you should do more, thats amazing!
Gelfayr Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Good job!

Elephantking89 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good man or woman, who ever you are, but got gotta love JOseph for all his work
Rachee-chan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
^_^ this is cool
SuLily Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007   Writer
Wonderful! You have true talent! I believe there is a competition for LDS artist, this would be a great entry! If I knew more about it I'd tell you! Great job!
nursethalia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks fantastic. What program did you use to paint it? Photoshop?
CrazyArtist223 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
I LOVE YOU!!!!! :dance::heart:
Being a mormon is sooo cool!!
zephyre-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Love this pic. Mormon's rule!!!
drakoknight Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
great job on this work. i love it. it is good to see some fellow mormons on here.
Aria-chan09 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Student
AH! I just read that yesterday! (and continued reading it today) Lovely job!
Pinweasel Featured By Owner May 26, 2007   Traditional Artist
I love it so much!!

Mormons unite!

:iconmoth-eatn: My sister.

Just in case you were looking for another mormon friend. :D
Semi-Crazy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Hobbyist
This is so cool! The picture is so....breathtaking!

Nice to see another Mormon here *high five* !
mormonchick1005 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Gabool Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Praise to the man!
Gumi-Nacht Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Caffeined-Mormon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
breath taking... growing up 10 min from the sacred grove and being a very proud mormon and devote this is very touching... you should do more
RayeofSunshine Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
Dang! This is my favorite Joseph Smith pic!!!! AWESOME!
HAZEF Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
MaseratiEDICT Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007   Interface Designer
Very well done. What is your media? I would love to do artwork in this style.. I have seen a lot of renditions of this great happeneing but this is byfar one of my favorites, as innocent as it may seem.

A+ and way to post your beliefs in such a controversial world.
Flatliner74 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words. I did this piece in Corel Painter v8. I did a little touch up in Photoshop. I am very glad you like this piece as I really put a great deal of thought and prayer into it.

Thanks again and God bless you.
Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
Great lighting effect!!
zaxparalax Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
You sure can say: " I saw the light!" :)
Was it God?...or Santa, maybe... ;)
joeiepaul Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
:clap: Manic bud! manic! Love this great work Go Joseph!

seriously love your vision of him, great hand, wonderful colors and the up close perspective is wonderous! Love his hand tons..the eyes beautiful
Flatliner74 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow Jo.. thank you so much! I totally appreciate the kind words!
Best. Comment. Ever!!!
joeiepaul Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
aweeee :glomp: you bet, its an amazing picture you deserved it!!
I mean that :)
felle2thou Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
I need to step my paint game up cuz this what i'm trying catch up too, slick work
TatsujinEdge Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
nice piece it has an amazing presence
phrostie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
very cool job!
darkheart22 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
excellent detail and i like how you also added your faith with it very compelling
Ikue Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning love teh bleached colors and the cast shadows. nice work :D :D
korywayne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Clay Aiken?
jtobler Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
BlackKusanagi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Student General Artist
Faith is something one shoudl always hold in high regard. And apperently you do a much better job of it than others do. Kudos and hats off to you... very nice work.
olorc Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006   Photographer
however our doctrines may not line up (i am of the evangelical free denomination in the protestant vein of belief), i admire your integration of faith into your art. your talent is obvious, but its your boldness to present you belief so directly into this piece that i really am moved by.


you would make an excellent member of my church... but based on this piece I think that is unlikely to happen.

nice piece.
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