|Madonna and Child 2012 (after Rafael's Colonna Madonna)|
by jojo sabalvaro tan
watercolor on 140# Arches paper
|The poster at the Den Haag bus stop|
|Madonna Conestabile, 1502 or 1503|
|Alba Madonna (1510)|
As my Christmas tradition, I paint several Madonna and Child images throughout the year and choose a favorite for our annual Christmas card so I suppose I can afford a little self-indulgence and refer to myself as a Madonnierre I consider the old masters my personal instructors, by studying their paintings and history and interpreting their paintings I learn so much about technique, color mixing and composition. With the painting for this card, I started as usual with a cartoon (sketch) on parchment paper, shown below, which I later transferred to watercolor paper once I was satisfied with the general sketch.
This time, I applied a wash of raw sienna all over the painting to give the entire painting a sort of golden glow (hopefully). I let that raw sienna base coat dry completely before I base coated the rest of the colors.
Then, I added the shadings and details ...
Below is the completed painting side by side with the poster which was my inspiration piece.
And here is the 2012 Christmas Card. I had the card printed on a 6" x 8"flat photo card stock in a matte finish. The colors turned out a little darker than the original but I still like how it turned out. I found out that most recipients of our cards like to frame them or put them on display. As a flat card, this one is ready for framing or for display as a mini poster.
|2012 Christmas Card of jojo and rudy tan from original watercolor by jojo sabalvaro tan|
Front and back view printed on heavyweight 6" x 8" smooth card stock in a matte finish
We bid you peace, love and joy this Christmas season and in the coming year. May God's blessings be with you always.