Thursday, November 15, 2007

Madonna and Child

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The image of Madonna and Child has been painted by countless artists from Raphael, 
da Vinci, and Botticelli. This is my version. It is a life size piece with stitched, collage and painting work. It was an interesting challenge getting this piece under the sewing machine.....but some how I managed without breaking the needle.

I may still add a touch of this or that to it.
 

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15 comments:

suzi finer said...

wonderful images!
love.

Dawn said...

September feels that way to me because of my mothers death. The air is just heavier and things have a more melancoly feel to them. But, we move along. . . your portrait is lovely (both the self portrait and the mix media one). Here's to better days.

Dawn said...

October is that way for me...my father died six years ago. And I've experienced many signs from him...It's amazing how losing someone like that will change your perspective about EVERYTHING...relationships, your family, the world around you...
Fortunately, the month will be over soon. I'm so with ya on how you feel...it affects us forever. And closure, god I hate that word. It doesn't exist.

pammc said...

September is like that for me. My husband died that month in 2002. I think that if we are sensitive to those feelings of presence then we can experience healing and comfort when they happen.
the photo of you is stunning with the shadows and the beam of light.
Thinking of you this month....

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

The madonna and child piece is tender and lovely. I grew up in a Catholic family as well, so I know what you mean about the imagery. It is a blessing that you have those moments of connection with your father -- people are always connected by love. {hugs}

Debby said...

Lovely...and I do know what you mean about feeling your father int he room...my mother is oftenwith me as I create.

Flora said...

Alma, Thankyou for visiting my blog!
My father died around thanksgiving too, I always think about him most when the leaves are turning. some days it feels as though he hovers arond me in the backround, keeping an eye on me perhaps!
it's a sadness, to know he is not there at the other end of the phone. but a comfort to know he still watches over me.
Flora

Jeannie said...

Your artwork is beautiful. When I feel that I am not alone and my dear ones are visiting, I like to think of it as a hug from them. Take care and sending you cyber hugs.

tracie Huskamp said...

dearest alma... i am finally home for the remainder of the year and catching up with my friends... who just happen to be my favorite artist too..
i am moved and truly touched by your work and this experience. i am sorry to hear of your father's passing, but i believe the ones you love are still with you, even though they physical presence is no longer on this earth.
i think so many times, especially when you are creating...that your mind, body, spirit are open and accepting to moments that draw you closer to a greater level of conscientiousness...enabling those who are still with us.. a chance to connect

Monica Magness said...

I truly believe that the passing of our loved ones creates a blanket of protection all around us. The days we feel low, we are held and guided towards their light... thanks for opening ur heart to share this post. I'm profoundly moved by the connection you have with ur father.
Also, I have to smile that YOU also change ur blogs appearance frequently (haha to those who thought I was compulsive like that, I'm not alone). *smiles*
Beautiful day to you Alma. xo, Monica :)

Lori said...

wow...love the image and that you had a visit from your Dad. You are so fortunate to feel his touch....
Hang in there. A melancholy month will pass and a new one will start, full of the joys of being with your children and the start of a new year of creativity....

liz elayne said...

the piece is beautiful alma. just beautiful...
and this doesn't seem strange at all...no...i understand these feelings and the subtle yet loudness of trying to make sense of it all knowing that it doesn't make even a bit of sense. thank you for sharing your words here...
sending you peace and light and breath...
liz

Nikki said...

Your Madonna and Child piece is wonderful. The mother has such love in her eyes. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!

Beate Knappe said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful your Work -
I do not like November neither - it is to dark

Kass said...

Hi Alma
I just finished my Uni semester (her in Aus) and one of the units I took was called Art and Spirit. One of the images we looked at in detail across the entire semester was the Madonna and Child. I looked especially at the work of Giotto. Madonna and child has been done hundreds, thousands of times by the Masters and the Apprentices alike. And you know, each one is beautiful because for each artist it is their interpretation of the most special of all relationships.
I love your interpretation - it's gorgeous.
Kass