This 16x20 painting on the left is a compilation of several ideas interpreted in an original way.
About the Inscription
The paper ribbons contain the prayer that I am presently inscribing (by hand and in paint) to the border. The inscription is the complete "Hail Mary" in Latin and it's an opportunity for me to finally learn this prayer in the universal language of the Catholic Church. I'm not sure how much longer before it's done. When it looks "good enough" is the best answer and there's always room for improvement in the future.
As I complete this artwork, I will offer little Ave Marias.
AVE MARIA, GRATIA PLENA, DOMINUS TECUM. BENEDICTA TU IN MULIERIBUS, ET BENEDICTUS FRUCTUS VENTRIS TUI, IESUS. SANCTA MARIA, MATER DEI, ORA PRO NOBIS PECCATORIBUS, NUNC, ET IN HORA MORTIS NOSTRAE. AMEN.
Archbishop Naumann, at an art exhibtion this July, commented that artists often return to a painting that they've painted before and paint it again.
Because it continues to inspire.
Regarding musical achievement, I visited with an exceptional pianist at the 2014 Imago event. He told me something with the deepest humility- that music was his life, his inspiration. It's what he did. He practiced all of the time, rehearsing the same piece, over and over again. To be able to share his achievements with an audience, after so much effort, gave him great satisfaction and joy.
Finally, and to loosely paraphrase, Archbishop Naumann remarked that that artists (he'd met) are often dissatisfied with their work, no matter how good it is. He suggested the reason for this is that the artist is always on quest for the "more". Ultimately, he suggested, that this "more" (the other), which is the inspiration for all art, is the source of all beauty and beauty itself- is God. Naumann concluded by instructing that "we [all] need to have that dissatisfaction within us, never satisfied but always striving to grow in prayer and the sacramental life of the Church with an openness to share that life with family and others in the world."
Way of Beauty Ribbons
St Pope John Paul, himself a poet, encouraged artists through his gift of words. For example, he wrote “Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.”
Then CARD. JOSEPH RATZINGER elaborated on his predecessors theme and continued to develop it. "The Feeling of Things" link