New Icons

I have three new pieces for my Etsy store, which you can view by clicking here.  The best thing about being so productive lately is that I am basically ready for another show, should the opportunity present itself!

Three New Pieces

Our Lady of Ostrabrama

This is my second drawing using sepia pen & ink on paper.  You can read about the first drawing here.  This time around, I used a smoother paper.  As a result, you can see more of my pen strokes.  I’m not sure I like this effect, but it is interesting to be able to see the construction of the image.

Our Lady of Ostrabrama

Mary humbly bows her head, her hands crossed piously before her chest.  Her halo emanates rays like the sun, and twelve stars encircle her head.  She wears one crown, while tiny angels place a second crown atop the first.

I drew this copy of the famous Icon while looking at a postcard reproduction of Our Lady of Ostra Brama, which translates: Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn.  The original image is a Lithuanian Carmelite Icon, located in the city of Vilnius.

“Gate of Dawn” was the name of the southeastern entrance to the city.  The original painting hung there in a niche, even before there was a chapel. In the intervening years, it has survived invasions by Russians, anti-Catholic Swedes and Nazi Germans; two devastating fires; and being shot.  Many miracles are attributed to this Icon.

In 1927, Pope Pius XI gave the image the additional title Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy).  Then, in 1935, St. Faustina’s first commissioned Divine Mercy Jesus painting debuted in the southeastern chapel next to Our Lady of Ostra Brama.

Our Lady of Ostrabrama from below

I gave my drawing a black matte and a brown corrugate matte.  I framed the piece in a wood frame with a grayish finish.  Although the drawing is based on a traditional image, this presentation looks contemporary and urban.  In fact, it looks like a fabulous tattoo design!

You can read more about the original Icon here, here and here.

Our Lady of Ostrabrama framed

Holy Mother and Child (gold)

This is a new version of the Holy Mother and Child piece I recently premiered.  The paper components are machine-cut following the exact contours of my original drawing.  I have used black paper, gold-colored and bronze-colored paper, and green cork to symbolize new life.

Holy Mother and Child gold

Holy Mother and Child gold hung

Immaculate Heart

Here is a new entry into my ongoing Sacred Heart series.  This is the Heart of Mary, a traditional Catholic image of contemplation and veneration.  Once again, my presentation of the image is modern and urban, due to the inclusion of paper, corrugate and a steel-colored frame.

Immaculate Heart cut out

Mary’s Immaculate Heart is surrounded by roses, which represent Mary’s purity and her status as Mystical Rose of heaven.  It is said that when Mary was assumed into heaven, a bed of roses appeared where her body was.  When she revealed herself to St. Juan Diego as Our Lady of Guadalupe, she caused out-of-season roses to bloom.  And when she appeared to St. Bernadette at Lourdes, she had a rose upon each of her feet.

Immaculate Conception cutout framed

Again, please make a stop in my Etsy store to see everything I have for sale!