Paintings of the Coronation of Mary and An Annunciation Scene. Both Based on Stained Glass Windows & A Short Tribute
This November I pray that he will see with new eyes what we could only perceive in a veiled and imperfect manner here below. God rest his soul.
Strangers in a Strange Land
"If most of us, and probably all of us, were to receive a full revelation of heaven, and were to experience the contrast of heaven to this present world, the contrast would be too great for our mortal minds to bear.
If we could gaze on the magnificent scenery of the heavenly landscape, if we could look upon the eternal city with its gates of pearl and streets of gold, and could actually behold our glorified friends, family, neighbors, and companions ready to receive us into their holy and glorious fellowship, how eager we would be to embrace them and never return back into the corruption of this world! We would be filled with the ecstasy of pure delight and our souls would be bursting with heavenly joy!”
What’s next for me in this genre? Alas, the dome window series was a lovely idea and maybe someday there will be an incentive to complete it. Art enthusiasts will tell you that there are no shortage of gorgeous, stained glass church windows to be found! I’ve admired, studied and photo-documented thousands of windows over the past eight years and have been on the constant lookout for exceptional and popular early 20th-century compositions to recreate as paintings. Only recently, an Annunciation scene from one of Canada’s Notre Dame basilicas captured my eye. It is part of a full schema of Mary's life. I will be spending a long while preparing this one (not the whole set) and then painting it on a solid panel in a larger size than that of the "Coronation" window. The halos and miscellaneous details will be burnished in gold. Worthy of copy, it is my time to re-introduce yet another beautiful window composition. Fr. Michael might have liked this one.
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