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I finished this just in time for the Solemnity of the Feast Day of the Mother of God.:w00t: Happy 1st:party: It is a depiction of the Annunciation done in a Japanese style.The blessed mother here is portrayed as a young Japanese girl humbly giving her reply to the angel, dressed here as a Japanese prince. I included as much symbolism in the piece as possible.
The Angel, has no wings, only a halo to distinguish his heavenly origin. He wears armor to show his strength and a whitish sash to show his purity. His outer robe is black which is colored inside orange. His sleeves are white and his under robe is blue with white sunflowers. In Japanese culture black paired with other colors symbolizes a happy occasion, usually a wedding. Black can also indicate high position. Colors, like blue and white used as a color scheme in many kimonos and even dishware is used to symbolize the coming of spring. He holds a stem of lilies in his left hand. tied to the Virgin Mary, the white lily represents virtue and conveys sweetness and humility. In the language of flowers, this May flower expresses purity of heart, majesty and honor. He wears an ancient officials hat. The Blessed Mothers Robes are those of a Princess. A golden halo surrounds her head and a golden flame hangs above Mary's head, symbolizing that at the moment of her yes the Holy spirit comes over her and she concieves God made Man. The Longer sleeves are commonly seen on younger women to signify that they are not married and are more elaborate than an older women’s more formal kimono, basically it symbolizes Mary’s virginity. The crane represents long life and good fortune as it is said to live for a thousand years.Cranes in Japanese textiles generally represent longevity and good fortune and they are nicknamed "the bird of happiness". They are most closely associated with Japanese New Year and wedding ceremonies :D On her sleeves are two large peony flowers. They are considered the King of Flowers, what we usually consider the rose to be. Also on the sleeves are plum blossoms.which are the first flowers to bloom in japan and announces the arrival of spring.The robes also hold symbolism. The pink color of the color and under robe is a very close to the color red used to symbolize high rank, only worn by those with high rank and happiness. Her yellow and orange sleeves symbolizes sacred, knowledge and civilization courage and love. Directly under the stork, the orange/khaki color is used during the month of March, when we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation. Under is a dark blue robe with slate blue resembling water patterns. Blue is the color used for December-when we celebrate the fulfillment of the annunciation in Christ's birth, and October- the month of the Rosary (the first joyful mystery of the rosary is the Annunciation) it is also a symbol for immortality, purity, and cleanliness. The last robe acts also as a cushion to kneel on. The green color symbolizes life, youth, vitality, and eternity.
The background, outside a small bamboo hut surrounded by vegetation reminds us of the poor lifestyle that Our Lord will be born into. Bamboo is also symbolizes the sweetness of life.

The main image is flanked by two side images. The image on the left has red and white daisies, a symbol of faith. There are also a few smaller plants underneath a willow tree, in Japanese culture a symbol of strength and grace.
In the top left hand corner is a a wisteria plant that has not yet blossomed.

In the right hand image A Blossoming Cherry tree stands surrounded by some pasture and foliage. The Cherry Blossoms is the flower of the month of March. Associated with spring it represents loyalty, innocence, purity, love and new beginnings.The flowers surrounding the tree also has symbolism. The red Camellias-love, the white camellias- longing, The Camilla- waiting, daffodil-respect, the morning glory- willful promise, Pansy-thoughtful/caring, White poppy-rejoice, and violet-honesty. Closer to the front is the chrysanthemum, it is the imperial flower.The hibiscus flower-gentle, the hydrangeas and the blue Iris--glad news/ glad tidings adds to the ambiance. In Japanese Callligraphy is written "The Annunciation" and directly under is the fleur di lis.
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Mary, with her long hair and pure like a lily, was the most beautiful maid in Nazareth, but she realizes that her true beauty comes from being the mother of the Holy Child. (Jerzy Harasymowicz, Pieta ze Znamierowic)

Be praised, Mother of God, by beautiful chrysanthemums.
Chrysanthemums come from Japan, where they convey the same nostalgia as in Poland.
(Mieczyslaw Gogacz, Litania kwiatow do Matki Bozej)

The angel of the Annunciation has barely left, but what a transformation:
from the girl of Nazareth to the majestic queen with a crown of twelve stars!
Leopold Staf, Zwiastowanie

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I did this on artrage and finished it in two days. It is a scene depicting the flight into Egypt.:)
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For :iconwinetta: Princess Serenity Fashion Contest
The 1st design was inspired by the beautiful broach you see. The Design is very fairy like particularly because of the wings.
Design 2: Called Moon Duchess. I got the idea for this one when I saw a dress from the back that was partially unbuttoned, would you know it.:3
Design3: Moon Dreams much softer
Design 4: Once upon a dream, I had this idea of sleeping beautys dress hlaf one color and the other half a different color, pink and blue of course, but much lighter.
Design 5/6: Basically the same design, with the exception of length
Design7: The Lady of the Moon:)
Design 8: Under the Golden Moon inspired by Mucha
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For :iconwinetta: Princess Serenity Fashion Contest.
Design 1: Serenity, inspired by that beautiful amythst necklace
Design 2: Moonlight lace, I intended the dress to be longer:shrug:
Design 3: Dark Moon
Design 4: Lovely LAce
Design 5: Lace Princess
Design 6: Moons Star Dust
Design 7: Hopeless Romantic
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“The Divine Mercy”
May 2nd, 2011
Roughly 12 hours
Ink and watercolors

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” ~ Revelation 3:20

I was trying to get this one done for Divine Mercy Sunday (which was yesterday, May 1st, 2011) but alas, I had only just begun watercoloring it by late evening on Sunday. So I had to finish it today (and it took me the good part of today to finish as well) and then I wasn’t able to scan it on the computer until very late in the evening. :XD: So here it is, finally. I had made a picture of the Divine Mercy way back in 2008 and I thought it was rather, well, BLAH, so I decided to make another one for the Feast of Divine Mercy this year.( I’ll tell you what, I really run out of steam once it goes past the due date. :hmm: I was so excited to get it done on time and then when I wasn’t able to finish it my inspiration totally just crumped out on me so I had to plug through it. I guess that’s the only way to get anything done. ;-)) That aside, I’m rather happy with how it turned out, particularly Jesus’ face (which is based off of painter Joseph Fanelli's "Sacred heart of Jesus"), and the gothic tracery was fun, fun, FUN. Man, I love this stuff. It’s taking me a long time to do though. :XD: And guess what?! I found a really tiny delicate nib and its awesome and amazing and I am totally in love! :heart: :D So we’re gonna get some more detail work into my upcoming pictures. :D

About the Divine Mercy devotion though. This year was actually the first year I ever (remembered to) pray the Divine Mercy Novena so that was good. :D (Interestingly enough, I was just finishing up my Divine Mercy chaplet when I heard the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed.)

On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun [Saint Faustina Kowalska] , bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Saint Faustina tells us in her diary under this date:
"In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, 'paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.'"

Some time later, Our Lord again spoke to her:
"The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross....Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him."([link])

“At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy ... In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” (Diary 1320). For the Divine Mercy Chaplet: [link]

"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy...."

O Eternal Love, You command Your Sacred Image to be painted
And reveal to us the inconceivable fount of mercy,
You bless whoever approaches Your rays,
And a soul all black will turn into snow.

O sweet Jesus, it is here You established the throne of Your mercy
To bring joy and hope to sinful man.
From Your open Heart, as from a pure fount,
Flows comfort to a repentant heart and soul.

May praise and glory for this Image
Never cease to stream from man's soul.
May praise of God's mercy pour from every heart,
Now, and at every hour, and forever and ever.

~ St. Faustina, Diary: Notebook I

Two of my favorite prayers are:

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion --- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

“Lord Jesus, I desire to receive You into my heart. Through this union with You, I offer myself to the Heavenly Father as a sacrificial host, abandoning myself totally and completely to the most merciful and holy will of my God. From today onward, Your Will, Lord, is my food. Take my whole being. Dispose of me as you please. Whatever your fatherly hand gives me, I will accept with surrender, peace and joy. I fear nothing, no matter in what direction You lead me. I no longer fear any of Your inspirations nor do I probe anxiously to see where they will lead me. Lead me, O Lord, along whatever road You please; I have placed all my trust in Your Will, which is, for me, love and mercy itself.”

Jesus, I trust in you!
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I made this a while back and I am now just getting to post it. It is Yamigirl21's character Teana, the Egyptian Queen. I did a revamp of her original dress and jewelry. :) Enjoy
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For :iconwinetta: Princess Serenity Fashion Contest.
Design 1: Graceful Serenity, this is one of my favorite designs
Design 2: Wistful Princess, Another of my favorites
Design 3: Moon Acre Princess
Design 4: Orchid of the Moon
Design 5: Flowering
Design 6: Sweet Serenity
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"Saint Joseph"
May 13th, 2011
About 12 Hours
Ink and Watercolors

”O ST. JOSEPH, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me.”

This is Saint Joseph, Patron of Fathers, Husbands, Workers and Protector of Purity and special Guardian of the Church on Earth. ~BohemianBeachcomber requested that I draw St. Joseph for her (since she got my 50,000 kiriban, this is her picture request). I hope you like it! :aww: I was actually very happy when she asked me to make a piece for St. Joseph, since I’ve been wanting to for a very, very long time to make something honoring the adoptive father of Jesus and the Head of the Holy Family. Poor St. Joseph, he’s overlooked so often and he is so very powerful with God! So this is my little picture dedicated to him. :D

As for the picture itself, I am fairly pleased with how it turned out, especially as its becoming increasingly hot and humid here, and that always is a great detriment to my art. :XD: So I really didn’t feel like working on it much this week but I decided to persist and persevere and chug through my lethargy and laziness and get it done! :w00t!: So it got done. Finally. :XD: I think on my last picture of the Divine Mercy I could have done better with the coloring so I remedied that in this piece. I think I did a much better coloring job on the gothic tracery and such. Also, I am particularly happy with how the stained glass came out on the sides. :D As for St. Joseph and the Child Jesus, I’m not super happy with them, but well enough satisfied that I’ll leave them alone. :XD:

For more information about St. Joseph: [link]

"Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus; help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son. Amen.

Pray for us, O blessed Saint Joseph,
Friend of the Sacred Heart and Chaste Spouse of the Immaculate Virgin,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Saint Joseph’s Feast Day is on March 19th. He has another Feast day celebrating his patronage of Workers on May 1st.
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Picture Taken: October 5th, 2009
Made of Wood and Painted over

I took this picture today before school started, I have always wanted to take a picture of this because it is just so beautiful! This picture hangs in front of the office at my school, and I pass by it everyday. I think it's the best picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that I have ever seen. I'm not sure who the artist is, but I'll try to find out.

The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is on June 27th.

"The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is painted on wood, with background of gold. It is Byzantine in style and is supposed to have been painted in the thirteenth century. It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before Him the instruments of His Passion. Over the figures in the picture are some Greek letters which form the abbreviated words Mother of God, Jesus Christ, Archangel Michael, and Archangel Gabriel respectively. It was brought to Rome towards the end of the fifteenth century by a pious merchant, who, dying there, ordered by his will that the picture should be exposed in a church for public veneration. It was exposed in the church of San Matteo, Via Merulana, between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. Crowds flocked to this church, and for nearly three hundred years many graces were obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. The picture was then popularly called the Madonna di San Matteo. The church was served for a time by the Hermits of St. Augustine, who had sheltered their Irish brethren in their distress. These Augustinians were still in charge when the French invaded Rome (1812) and destroyed the church. The picture disappeared; it remained hidden and neglected for over forty years, but a series of providential circumstances between 1863 and 1865 led to its discovery in an oratory of the Augustinian"

- From the “New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia”


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Mother of Perpetual Help
June 27th 2012
Watercolor and Ink
8.5 inches by 11 inches

"Loving Mother of the Redeemer,
Gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Assist your people
who have fallen, yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us, poor sinners."

~ Alma Redemptoris Mater ([link]

I had been wanting to do my own version of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for some time now, and only just got around to finishing it. I spent a great deal of time working on trying to get it all laid out in such a way that I was happy with it. Well, I suppose I'm fairly happy with it, but I must also admit that I am rather disappointed in how it turned out, considering how much I was trying to get everything to look just the way I wanted it to. It came out fairly close, but there are just some things that are off, like the eyes of Mary and Jesus, which got rather bungled up. They're not very arresting, so that was a bit disappointing. :hmm: Also my gold ink is not cooperating much anymore. I shall probably have to go out and buy some more, because my current gold ink has the rather annoying habit of congealing into a thick mass that makes it difficult to mix. Anyway, here is the icon, I hope you all enjoy it. :)

A little bit about the icon itself. This particular icon is known in the East as the "Theotokos of the Passion." It is in the Hodegetria iconic style, meaning "She who shows the Way", which is a depiction of the Blessed Virgin holding the Christ Child in one arm and pointing to Him with the other. In this posture Mary holds the viewer's attention and points beyond herself to the Child in her arms to show that He is "the Way and the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6).

In this icon, the Child Jesus views the Archangels Michael (on the left, bearing the spear and gall) and Gabriel (on the right, bearing the Cross and nails) bearing the instruments of His Passion. Frightened of this vision, He runs to His Mother so quickly that His little sandal has almost fallen off, and He grasps her hand for comfort and assurance. Mary holds our gaze steadily, looking at the viewer with love and compassion, pointing to Christ, while also clutching Him close to herself. In this posture, Our Lady shows us that she is our Mother, and that she will comfort us in our afflictions as our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Catholic Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help was popularized by the most awesome Saint Alphonsus Ligouri (1696 – 1787).

This is the original icon crowned: [link]

And this is the Original Icon without other embellishments: [link]


Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. you became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and God's mercy is from age to age on those who love God. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help.


The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is June 27th.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

O God, Who hast willed that the Mother of Thine Only-begotten Son should be the perpetual succor of Christians on earth, grant us grace to call on her with confidence in all our necessities of soul and body, so that, saved through her protection and assistance, we may be brought to the everlasting vision of Thy glory in Heaven, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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