Thursday, December 17, 2009

A change of pace


I've always thought that one of these days I might grow up to be a real artist, but as time marches on, I suppose I'll have to be content with what God's given me.

I've always wanted to do something involving the Blessed Mother, but for some reason, the face is a hang up. With all of the beautiful artwork done over the ages, and still today, I can't do her justice. So I won't try.

But - there must be something I can do.

So I visualize who she is to me - comfort.

As a boy, she basically became the source of all motherly comfort for me. A mother always loves you, always understands. She's always calling us to her, and by doing so calling us to Jesus and to His Church.

This sketch is my humble attempt at artistic (using the term loosely) devotion.

16 comments:

Cliff said...

very nice.

Kindred Spirit said...

Speaking as a mother, this really captures the mother-son relationship; it's beautiful!

Paul Nichols said...

Thanks for the compliments. I can only hope SHE likes it. I'm hopeful, though because don't all mothers love the pictures their kids do? :o)

tamtam said...

Very nice. It reminds me of one of those mother's love pictures that you see at Hallmark.

Future potential for a Mother's Day card, perhaps?

Peace!

Paul Nichols said...

Hey, that's a good idea, TamTam...

TH2 said...

Re: Our Lady, you said: "the face is a hang up" Indeed. How to artistically capture the Mother of God!

One of TH2's favorite representations of Our Lady, holding the Child Jesus, is by Tommy Canning, in his work "Mother of Tenderness"


By the way, Paul, you are too hard on yourself. You are, to be sure, extremely talented. Excellent rendering in this post.

Paul Nichols said...

Thanks TH, I'll have to look that picture up.

railrider said...

"I suppose I'll have to be content with what God's given me."

Among other things, God has given you, your craft and the ability to to express yourself, He has spent a lot of time on you so use your gifts wisely.

You are a real artist.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture, Paul. I'm thinking that a huge part of being an artist, aside from the actual talent of being able to draw (or paint, etc.), is being able to communicate the emotion involved. You nailed it. Thanks for blessing all of us with your talent. Stephanie

Anonymous said...

"... don't all mothers love the pictures their kids do? :o)"

Suffice it to say, this tender one's already on Mary's frig, the "highest" compliment of all for a "host" of different reasons. Beautiful work you do; ALL of it!

Thank you,
Jeanette O'Toole
The Rosary Online

Paul Nichols said...

Thanks Jeanette & Stephanie!

Esther G. said...

Paul, this is a beautiful depiction of the Blessed Mother and the Boy Jesus!

wow said...

wow... it's amazing. don't be so hard on yourself! You should put put this piece of artwork in a museum. The title? "Love from Above" or maybe... "Motherly Love". It is SO beautiful!

Paul Nichols said...

Thanks, you're too kind...

Anonymous said...

That made me cry...absolutely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

That made me cry...absolutely beautiful.