The Life of the Holy Family Roundel Series
We are now preparing for church installation of the six Holy Family roundels. I've already posted progress on this series in my 2020 Art Notes and on my sidebar there are videos. The roundels include the Espousal, Annunciation, Nativity, Presentation, Flight Into Egypt and the Disputation or Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
Short videos showing the six works in studio:
The Flight into Egypt occurs after the Presentation and not as displayed in the video above. To view some about the installation continue here.
Custom Framework As you can see below, frames will encircle each ~30 inch roundel. To arrive at the cylinder shape, wood strips were immersed in water to soften then bent to shape, air dried, and after all of that, gold paint was applied. It's an interesting process and I will post more on all of this in January. For information on future commissions, sales or art reproductions, please feel free to contact.
A further JOYFUL note I was honored to be included as one of the finalists in Catholic Art Institute's art competition and online exhibition.
The Annunciation painting awarded is not the one shown at the top of this page, which was still under construction at the time of the art submission deadline, but rather my interpretation of a historical standard and also one that is also part of a series still in progress.
The Award Notice
"Dear Sacred Art Prize Entrant,
Thank you for your participation in the Sacred Art Prize 2020. This is our 1st year sponsoring this event and it is encouraging and inspiring to see a showcase of such excellent sacred art. This year we received nearly 400 entries, making the selection process very challenging.
We are pleased to tell you that your work was awarded as one of only 65 finalists in the competition. See below for the link and full list of the winners, their selected works in the online exhibition.
We appreciate you taking your time to enter the Sacred Art Prize 2020 and supporting the Catholic Art Institute. The complete list of winners is posted on our website as well as in our upcoming newsletter. We would also love to encourage you to share the competition link on your social media platforms to help share the news and celebrate these accomplished works!
Additionally, I interviewed Dr. McNamara about his selection process and the winning entries. We will release that podcast soon, keep an eye on our YouTube channel or look for a newsletter from us!
Congratulations and thank you again for your support of the CAI and participation in the Sacred Art Prize 2020.
Sincerely In Christ,
Catholic Art Institute"
A short video link showing the paint process here.
More At this stage in what has been a long and meandering artistic career, my heart's desire is to be the very best liturgical and devotional artist that I can be. It has taken years to achieve some of my original artistic goals and will require many more to reach others. God willing. As a good priest once advised me many years ago, "you must learn to be a jack of all trades" (if that's even possible).
Most often, in these times of "eclectic" demand, I find that I must be informed on a variety of styles and able to produce any copy or original work requested. That's why you'll find my galleries display an assortment of now completed works and I quite enjoyed the challenges presented by each new paint initiative. Thanks to all.
"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." St Paul
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