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My Sacred Artwork - Thoughts?


benedictaaugustine

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I want to see paintings of Mary doing everyday Mom stuff - in actual *labor* in the stable, baking bread, knitting Jesus' seamless garment, wringing out laundry, sweeping, packing for the road trip to Jerusalem where Jesus stayed in the temple.

I don't mean to denigrate existing art that depicts Mary in prayer/contemplation (The Annunciation, or Mater Admirabilis), or praying by the manger, or presenting Fat Baby Jesus to the viewer, or ascending into heaven, or sitting on a heavenly throne, or protecting crowds of people under  her mantle - all of that is good and worthy of artistic representation. But I also think of Mary as the epitome of "The worthy woman" (Proverbs 21:10) - we chose that reading for my grandmother's funeral and my mom's, and I can't imagine Mary being our Holy (But Slack) Mother.

I also think Mary was present when Elizabeth delivered John the Baptist - God worked it out providently so that Mary would learn about pregnancy, labor & delivery, breastfeeding, by observing and assisting her kinswoman. 

Just a thought - take it for what it's worth. 

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😍 Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us!

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Some nice smiles - this certainly is a talent!

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These are lovely...keep painting!

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Brilliant. Your art is beautiful, and I believe, very important and necessary. I definitely plan on purchasing some of your images. Thank you and please keep it up.

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I loved Mother of Sorrows. I also saw one of a younger Mary in contemplation.

I've always wanted to see a depiction of Our Lady of Lourdes as Saint Bernadette saw her - that is, around her own age at the time. Bernadette was disappointed when the statue they put up in the Grotto was of Mary as an adult.

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I think these are so amazing and beautiful.

I read a thread years ago about pictures of nuns looking unhappy/just normal/not smiling all the time. I was intrigued and now I'm totally 'into' seeing pics of nuns who look 'normal', who are still joyful in disposition but not laughing or grinning. It's cool. I wonder if you could do that in your paintings? It could be interesting to explore, especially because you're so talented!

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I like the skin-tones you use. Often, Jesus and saints from The Bible are portrayed as white instead of how they likely would've looked in that part of the world.

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