|Madonna and Child 2015 #2|
by jojo sabalvaro tan
Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper
While on a long vacation in Manila, I took along my basic watercolor art supplies for travel sketching. A friend of mine requested that I paint a Madonna and Child for her. Since I did not have time to paint before we left for the Philippines, I decided that I would paint the piece there. And that was the first Madonna and Child I did for 2015. I usually end up making several paintings of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus throughout the year, one of which will end up as the image on our Christmas card. In addition to the Madonna and Child I painted for my friend, I decided to make one for the family home of my husband. They have a large altar that is filled with images of Jesus, Mary and other Saints. I still remember my mother-in-law sitting in front of the altar praying. The piece I painted was going to be placed on this altar. It is based on The Our Mother of Perpetual Help icon, an icon whose original is said to be painted by St. John himself. I thought it was fitting since my mother-in-law was a devotee of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
|Icon of St. John Painting the first icon of the Virgin Mary||(from campus.udayton.edu)|
|The icon I painted placed on the Tan Home altar|
|Inside Baclaran Church on Wednesdays|