Monday, 9 April 2018

The Annunciation: Interpreted from an Ethiopian Manuscript

Silkscreened on paper

Photo from back of Silkscreened Paper

Acrylic on Silk

Acrylic on Canvas
I love the Ethiopian tradition,
the lines, the shapes. I have gone with my own colors choices here because with acrylics there is just so much more 'neon' than the earth pigments that earlier painters were bound by.

2018: The Annunciation as a Solemnity  at the Liturgy had to wait until today, April 9th.
March 25th is her usual appearance, but it was a Sunday this year, and then Lent, then Easter and then....

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Making Cards,

Tinting some of my B&W photos of  my Artwork

 Collage/acrylics/  'add a caption'

I just LOVE any tube of paint that begins with...'Quinacridone........

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Water color pencils on raw wood...

ADVENT days,

FALLING........the extravagance of a day of creating mirror images from my box of Inspiration

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter 2017

This past Lent I continued to build the materials for the children's room at church based on the guidelines as taught in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Here are the Ointment bearing women visiting the Tomb, discovering a "young man, dressed in white who says, " He has been raised up; he is not here....Mark 16: 6-8

Then I just had to paint my own, Resurrection Angel, adding some heated up reds....

Sunday, 15 May 2016


This past Lent and Easter season I attended a class called The Mystic's Path. The Guide is Jewish but his experience is broader than that one tradition. Early on he gave us a copy of
"The Annunciation" by  Fra Angelico. Fra Angelico  painted this moment many times,as I have also. But I have learned something new from this master, and I wish in my interpretations of  The Annunciation I had inserted light as Fra Angelico did here, a beam of light emanating from God, here shown as a hand, mystical touch.

I would like to share another one of the gems we were given in this course, from the Book,
The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

"Let me ask you friends, do you know how much light there is in the world? Unbelievable light. As long as the world is existing, there is so much light coming down from heaven.
It's unbelievable how much energy there really is. So what happens to it? sadly enough, most of it is just floating around. Nobody picks it up. nobody stops to pick it up...You know friends, a lot of people are ready to do everything good, but very few people have this depth to receive something....Then there is such a thing as kabbalas p'nei ha-Shechina, to receive God's Presence. God is here all the time, you cannot write Him out and you cannot write Him in.
The question is: Are you receiving God's Presence?"

Monday, 4 April 2016

An early Easter
Everyday of March was a step towards Holy Week and Easter. I have posted this link to a Seattle, Washington artist, Joan Brand-Landkamer, whose Stations of the Cross I have spent time with this past Lent. What I am most inspired about, is the inspiration she takes from the 20th Cent. French artist, George Rouault, who never created a set of Stations, but whose life goal was to paint a crucified Christ that would inspire the transformation of hearts.
I go to Artist's living and dead, to inspire my work. In Iconography, you trace from prototypes that are 'in the tradition' you are drawing from. Here is my Good Friday Easter Sunday Station that is inspired by the Ethiopian Icon tradition.
Crucifixion inspired from Ethiopian Tradition

Monday, 8 February 2016

February: celebrating Love

Where I live  February 2016 is delivering some very mild days, but the trees are still bare, stripped to their skeletal shapes. As I did not have one green, living plant in my apartment, I spent last Saturday shopping for planters,soil and green ivy,ferns and aloe, By the end of the day I had built another area for a shrine. February tends to be a time of staying in,for many St. Valentine reminds us to celebrate those we love. There is also an invitation to keep company with the Guest sitting in ones soul, 'in the midst of one's heart.'  Shrines help us to remember that Guest, to light a candle, to be united in rest and peace.