The Rosary is Manly…


... When I announced yesterday my plans to feature fine art with a rosary theme for the month of October, which is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, someone noted that they would like to see paintings of men praying the rosary, specifically non-clerical men, because he was tired of the stereotype that the devotion was for women and grannies.I get that. Some rosaries can look like items of jewelry instead of the powerful prayer weapons that they truly are. So I accepted his challenge and found … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day…


... Happy Mother's Day to you all.To the mothers who've buried children, miscarried, or due to infertility, can only nurse the desire of motherhood in their hearts. To the children whose mothers are no longer with them, either through death or estrangement. To the post-abortive mothers.Blessed are those who have doting children to pick them flowers and make them cards. Blessed are the children who enjoy happy relationships with their mothers.Whether today is a cause of joy or … [Read more...]

St. Mary Magdalene, The Penitent …


... Today is the memorial of my patron saint, St. Mary Magdalene.When I was being confirmed some people assumed my choosing her implied we shared a scandalous unseemly past."Oh, you've taken the reformed prostitute as your patron saint, eh? That's, um, interesting."No. I have taken The Penitent as my patron saint.The feast of St. Mary Magdalene is considered one of the most mystical of feasts, and it is said that of all the songs of the saints, that of Mary Magdalene is … [Read more...]

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist…


Bartolome Esteban Murillo, St. John the Baptist as a Child c. 1665From; Ordinarily the Church observes the day of a saint's death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of Blessed Mary and of St. John the Baptist. All other persons were stained with original sin at birth, hence, were displeasing to God. But Mary, already in the first moment of her existence, was free from original … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday …


... Gustave Jean Jacquet, La CoquetteMy word. Her hand is stunning.To appreciate the detail, click the image to view higher resolution. … [Read more...]

The Incense Burner…


By HovsepPushman, c. 1921. Oil on wood panel, Milwaukee ArtMuseum - Layton Art CollectionI find this particular piece stunning. The color and fluid strokes. Oh my. … [Read more...]