"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Can you draw?

Portrait of an old man. 
Shania McDonagh

The artist is 16 years old.  Story here.

I'm burning all my work.


  1. Anonymous6:38 AM

    Don't forget what St John of the Cross found to be important: not the aesthetics (however important it can be) but the spirit behind the work, that an image can be better with less aesthetic qualities to it if the spirit behind it is better. Some of the images with the most miracles are "low quality" art, but high quality spirituality.

  2. What respect she shows for these elderly gentlemen. I would love to see portraits of old women to go with them. It makes me think of all the dear ones I take Communion to at the nursing home. Some people call them useless and denigrate them (especially those with Alzheimers), but I think they are the dearest beloved of our heavenly Father and how grateful I am to be around them. Thanks for sharing, Terry.

  3. She's a wonderful "little" artist!! Last night I believe it was, tuned-in to the "Out of Ireland" tv show and the report going-on was about the art-show and competition and this young artist had won it. I thought she's really good and how "absorbed" she must have been drawing this and how much time it did take to finish the drawing. It's great you saw it too, Terry. God bless..

  4. Terry, if you wanted to spend six months of your art time copying a hd digital photograph, you could create a similar work. Heck, you could do it in 5 1/2 months. But why? This is not your path.

    From another link you had posted about another European artist, I wandered the internets, and learned that for young artists around the world, one of the fads seems to be drawing and painting highly-detailed, oversized portraits. Whats up with that?
    Chuck Close did it first, and did it better.

  5. E has it right.
    I mean sure, kid can copy and there's some talent there but I will take any of your remaining un-burnt works over this. If I wanted a photograph I'd get a camera. I must be unpious because in seeing this I have no desire to burn my art.


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