Bravo, James Christensen!

 

 

Today, in a local gallery, I saw a print of what I now consider the most beautiful painting of Mary and the Baby Jesus.  The Madonna and Child, as a subject, have dominated religious art for centuries, but I have never had much appreciation for the paintings, no matter how famous. 

This painting, this realistic rendition of mother love, is so very, very right.  See Mary’s reddened knuckles, she was not a lady of leisure.  The rough cloth of her head covering, no halo, but as down to earth and real as she is.  She holds her beloved baby so securely and places her face next to his in a soft caress.    “Kissing the Face of God ”                                                                                         

Thank you Morgan Weistling.  Your painting is magnificent!

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 When I saw the title of the painting it brought to mind another favorite artist of mine, James Christensen, who also creates dramatically touching paintings from the Scriptures. And also excels at whimsy and colorful creativity that delight me.   Here is his  similarly titled “Touching the Hem of God”.

 

 

 

And his breathtaking , Lorelei:

 I have always thought the name ‘Lorelei’ one of the most beautiful,  and I did know one lovely Lorelei.

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 This is the painting that drew me to Mr. Christensen.  I stood in front of it in a gallery for a much longer time than I should have.  I love the symbolism.  In actuality he painted it to honor his wife, the mother of five, who kept their household organized and their lives humming. The Responsible Wife:

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  My favorite jig-saw puzzle from one of his paintings.  Twenty four of the world’s most popular stories can be found in “Faery Tales”:

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 And who doesn’t love to hear the words “Once Upon a Time”?

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“Finding Your Fish”.   Imagination, creativity, and enormous talent : 

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“Evening Angels”

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 “The Nest”

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 Isabella

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 ”Dusk”

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 “The Listener”                   

 Thank  you, Mr. Christensen, for making my spirit smile.

 

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~ by dottiedoright on January 24, 2010.

2 Responses to “Bravo, James Christensen!”

  1. Love, love, love these!! Bon Appetit!

  2. I love this painting of Mary and baby Jesus. The song “Mary, Did You Know?” has a line in it that says, “Mary, did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod…and when you kiss your little baby…you’ve kissed the face of God” Thank you for sharing that painting.

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