|Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Calcuttan Baby (2016|
watercolor with gold leaf on Arches 8" x 10" watercolor board
by jojo sabalvaro tan
I decided to create a painting of Mother Teresa to celebrate her canonization. I wanted to depict her holding on to a child since it became her number one life mission to take care and shelter the poor and destitute children of Calcutta in India. I had to rely on the many photographs that were taken of her as reference for the painting. The one I adapted this painting from is from Getty Images labeled ' Mother Teresa and the poor in Calcutta, India, October 1979.'
In the process of painting, I recited this prayer:
The Daily Prayer of Mother Teresa
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Amen.
|Applying background colors and basecoating.|
|Adding detail to the habit and baby|
|Added gold leaf to background,|
|Adding detail to Mother Teresa's face and hands.|
For the biography of Mother Teresa, here is an excerpt from Britannica.com.
Mother Teresa, in full Saint Teresa of Calcutta, also called Saint Mother Teresa, original name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (baptized August 27, 1910, Skopje, Macedonia, Ottoman Empire [now in Republic of Macedonia]—died September 5, 1997, Calcutta [now Kolkata], India; canonized September 4, 2016) founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to the poor, particularly to the destitute of India. She was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Prize for Peace
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."