9.5.10

Month of Mary


After living in Italy for some years in the 1970's I got used to seeing devotion in churches. It wasn't uncommon to see pilgrims like this, prostrate and praying by an altar dedicated to Our Lady. Usually at shrines and places of pilgrimage. It's not often in the USA to see such outward acts. Since it is May the month of Mary, I wanted to post something in her honor. I found this 20 year old oil sketch I had done on canvas paper. It is not the best composition and I'll be the first to admit that.

7 comments:

Ben Hatke said...

It's really beautiful. Loose and expressive. The composition I think it's fine too, as far as the relation between the two figures. but I do find myself wanting to move the frame or "camera" slightly up and to the right.

But thanks for posting this one!

Anonymous said...

What it may lack in composition it makes up for in honest rawness and intensity, exactly mirroring the act of devotion it portrays. I'm not sure you should "dress" this up with any refined re-do; I like it just as it is.

DN said...

Ditto ditto.

Anonymous said...

yes, beautiful and expressive.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

I think it's great! particularly the tones.

Mrs C said...

This is beautiful. I love it.

Anonymous said...

Very moving sketch. Bring it more into our lives. Put it out there somehow.