Saturday, February 14, 2009

Second try - More on the Mary in Kimberly

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This image was hard to capture, so here is another try with my camera, in case it's helpful.

Discovered today when I logged onto this blog that all my posts had disappeared!  Quelle nightmare!  Luckily, I figured out how to bring them back, but sorry if you logged on to find nothing at all here earlier today.  

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

10 comments:

Shoshana said...

This is beautiful! My daughter's starting to play with charcoal. I can't draw worth anything, and I am excited that my daughter might take it up.

DEB said...

LOVELY! Just LOVELY!

Mona said...

Thanks Shoshana and Deb!

artbyakiko said...

Mona this blog is fascinating filled with interesting information about how you paint and about tempera, but most of all how you interpret Mary in your subjects. I think this is great! I'm not so familiar with the Western religions, but I do see beauty in people who value and seek divine unconditional love.

Sandy said...

What an incredible portrait!!!

Mona said...

Thank you Akiko. It is part of my goal to portray each person according to their own faith answer. What is your faith?

I am thinking of the divine feminine aspect within each woman which is universal to all religions, both eastern and western, and the divine masculine aspect within each man. How I perceive it is that we are a mirror of God's love. How do you see it?

Mona said...

Thank you Sandy.

artbyakiko said...

I believe in some divine force that is made of unconditional love and that exists in everyone and everything. It may appear to be a specific entity depending on the perceiver's interpretation, but to me it is a pure energy that is the base of all creation.
This thought is expanding my mind! :)

Kathleen Coy said...

Mona, I adore your portraits (and your miniatures too!) and the way you see the Divine in your subjects. I also enjoyed your comments with Akiko. My spirituality is similar to hers - the "pure energy that is the base for all creation" I call Source, as the word God has a lot of baggage for me. It is a balance of masculine and feminine. I believe the depth of this power is is beyond what we can comprehend while here on Earth, and that a spark of it resides in everything.

The Earth and nature are sacred to me. A lot of my spirituality involves totem animals who walk with me as guides, I've met mine through drumming journeys that were way beyond any imagining. I respect all religions because at their heart they are all a celebration of this Divine Source, just as your beautiful artwork is. I'm so happy to have found your work and blogs.
Blessings,
Kathleen

Mona said...

I agree, Akiko and Kathleen, with your beautiful descriptions that the Divine is in everyone and in everything.

I'm so glad to know it's helpful sharing this, Kathleen. I'm not entirely traditional either in my approach to spirituality, but I hope it's okay to leave all the baggage behind and just zero in on what is positive and joyful about the Divine.

Terry, who I sat across from in my high school art class is the subject of my next drawing, so stay tuned....