See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, February 25, 2011

What I'm working on.



I'm painting a modern kid as the Child Jesus presenting his Sacred Heart to the viewer.  (It is by no means a great work of art - believe me.)  But why am I painting him as a contemporary kid?  Why?  Because I found this incredible photo of a Spanish boy whose eyes and expression on his face reminded me of the Child Jesus.  The boy is dressed like a normal kid - but that too reminded me of how the Child Jesus sometimes comes to us in disguise. 
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For instance, once when Sr. Lucia of Fatima was emptying the garbage - or was she working in the garden?  I can't remember.  Anyway, a little boy came up to her and asked how the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was coming.  I can't recall the exact conversation, but obviously Lucia did not recognize him at first, so it occurred to me he must have looked like an ordinary kid.  Only after Lucia responded did he reveal himself.  It is said some people entertain angels unawares, which is why I wanted the Child Jesus to look like an ordinary kid - reminding us of the greatness and sanctity of ordinary life. 
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If it turns out okay, I'll post the work when I'm finished with it.
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BTW - The monthly novena to the Infant Jesus ended yesterday and today is our little Christmas.

5 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see it..

    Sara

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  2. Terry --I love watching your mind and soul and paintbrush work. It is lovely to behold...

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  3. Fr Patrick of Monterey2:23 PM

    You probably know the story of Teresa of Avila out in HER garden being accosted by a little boy. He asked who she was & she replied, 'Teresa of Jesus.' And when asked who he was, he said 'Jesus of Teresa.' I love that stuff...

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  4. You were correct Terry. Sister Lucia was taking some garbage out when she encountered the Child Jesus and He asked her what she was doing to promote devotion to His Mother's Immaculate Heart.

    BTW, I like in your painting how He placed the Heart on a pillow. I'd like to see this when it's finished.

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  5. I finished today - seriously, I think he wanted me to. Anyway, I may have to go back and do some subtle shading and tone some of the color - but he is finished. He's not an exact portrait of the young boy I used as a model - but the portrait seemed to take on a personality of its own. I like him very much. His Sacred Heart draws me...

    I'll try to photograph it soon - I always see the flaws better that way.

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