The Light of the World

Hi folks! I hope that this finds you well.

As it is Lent, I just wanted to share with you this painting I did a while ago on recycled wood. I used oil paints and have recently varnished it with a 50:50 % turps and linseed oil mix.

I copied William Holman Hunt’s original, entitled The Light of the World. It depicts Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, and echoes the passage from Revelation 3:20: «Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me».

Notice that the door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing «the obstinately shut mind”.

My version of Hunt’s Light of the World.
(Oils on recycled wood. The painting is about 1 & 1/2 m high.)

And here is the man himself:

William Holman Hunt (London, 2 April 1827 – 7 September 1910) 

Hunt was an English painter and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His paintings were notable for their great attention to detail, vivid colour, and elaborate symbolism

Well, To end this blog, I’m including a special prayer for Lent, for those who might be observing this special season of prayer, meditation, reflection, charity, fasting and abstinence, confession and the general preparation of the body, mind and spirit for conversion at Easter.

Lenten Prayer for Spiritual Renewal (taken from Catholic Online)

God, heavenly Father,
look upon me and hear my prayer
during this holy Season of Lent.
By the good works You inspire,
help me to discipline my body
and to be renewed in spirit.

Without You I can do nothing.
By Your Spirit help me to know what is right
and to be eager in doing Your will.
Teach me to find new life through penance.
Keep me from sin, and help me live
by Your commandment of love.
God of love, bring me back to You.
Send Your Spirit to make me strong
in faith and active in good works.
May my acts of penance bring me Your forgiveness,
open my heart to Your love,
and prepare me for the coming feast
of the Resurrection of Jesus.

Lord, during this Lenten Season,
nourish me with Your Word of life
and make me one
with You in love and prayer.

Fill my heart with Your love
and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ.
Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness.
Give me new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass.

Father, our source of life,
I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand;
let me walk more readily in Your ways.
Guide me in Your gentle mercy,
for left to myself I cannot do Your Will.

Father of love, source of all blessings,
help me to pass from my old life of sin
to the new life of grace.
Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom.
I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever.

Amen.

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Happy Lent and happy week to you!

Bye for now — take care xxx

Beautiful Christmas Nativity paintings

Hello all!

I just wanted to share a few Nativity scene paintings that I stumbled across the other day when surfing the net. They are by contemporary artists. I just love the tenderness, gentleness and unity that they portray.

(I do hope I’m not infringing any copyrights, but I have linked the names of the painters with their brief bios and also the sites where their work is available, if that’s any compensation!)

So here they are:-

(Detail of above) Mark Missman
(Detail of above) Mark Missman
(One of my favourites! A very young-looking Mary, as she was purported to be.) Morgan Weistling
I’m afraid I don’t know who the artist of this lovely painting is, so sorry again if I’m infringing any copyrights, but it is so nice with its romantic and definitely Jewish twist!!!

At this point, I’m also going to include an oil painting that I did 20 years ago. It is a copy of William Hunt’s (Pre-Raphaelite) Light of the World. However, I wasn’t happy with the way I had painted Jesus’ eyes; also some of the paint had disintegrated due to being exposed to dripping rain water which I hadn’t noticed because the painting was in my ‘attic’ — so last week I took it along to my art class in Posadas (Cordova), and my very-talented teacher, Antonio Peso, helped me out. Thank you, Antonio!

The Light of the World (1851–1853) is an allegorical  painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, illustrating Revelation 3:20: «Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me».

According to Hunt: «I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be divine command, and not simply a good subject.»

The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing «the obstinately shut mind» — Wikipedia.

My Light of the World. (Oil on recycled wood, later treated with linseed and turps mix, 50:50 %)
You can just spy Antonio in the background, bending over slightly as he coaches another of the students!

And to end with, here’s a lovely Christmas Carol — In the Bleak Mid-Winter (compiled or hung by Sarah J Allen, I think). The words to this carol were originally written by the English writer from the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).

Here are the lyrics:

In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron
Water like a stone
Snow had fallen
Snow on snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter
Long, long ago.


Angels and Archangels
May have travelled there
Cherubim and Seraphim
Thronged the air
But only his Mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshiped the beloved
With a kiss.


What can I give him?
Poor as I am
If I were a shepherd
I would give a lamb
If I were a wise man
I would do my part
But what I can I give him
Give him my heart
Give him my heart.

Happy Christmas to everyone! May the peace and love of Christ and his Holy family reign in our hearts and dwell amongst us all! xxx