Last Christmas I gave my twin sister the first print of my painting Young Mary. I had painted three Mother Mary’s that fall, and this was her favorite. She felt this painting captured Mary’s strong spirit. She must have been strong in her faith to listen to her visions and believe that she was carrying God’s son. In this painting I wanted to capture the look of the Renaissance period paintings with her golden halo and trim. The roses symbolize her loving spirit.
The sun rise was gorgeous this morning while I was driving my daughter to her last day of school prior to winter break. It felt like an early Christmas present. Tomorrow marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year here in the Northern hemisphere. I’m ready for the sun to start returning and the new year to begin when I’ll have more time to paint. Wishing all a very light filled holiday season!
In December I was inspired to paint Mother Mary; I’ve painted her three times now. In this painting I wanted to capture the kind loving acceptance of a Mexican Mother Mary. My husband and I lived in Oakland California for a while and at that time I began to notice when riding the subway into San Fransisco that I started to gravitate to sitting near Hispanics. They just didn’t seem to be as uptight as everyone else; it felt peaceful to sit near them. In my life I was always striving and I tended to be hard on myself. My husband, who has Hispanic blood, is a hard worker but has always been easier on himself. I have learned in life that accepting yourself is an important key. It seems to me cultures and families who honor the loving mother archetype provide a space for inner peace.