I finished this just in time for the Solemnity of the Feast Day of the Mother of God. Happy 1st 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 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.
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
"And when My Mother, pretty as a church, Takes Me upon her lap, I laugh with love, Loving to live in her flesh, which is My house and full of light! -Merton
"Once you start to love her you know you'll never stop, she shines like a diamond when she walks into a room, she could charm the stars; hypnotize the moon"- unknown
When, in the dark, the frost cracks on the window The children awaken, and whisper. One says the moonlight grated like a skate Across the freezing river. Yet it is far from Christmas, when a star Sang in the pane, as brittle as their innocence! For now the light of early Lent Glitters upon the icy step - The moonlight rings upon the ice as sudden as a footstep; Starlight clinks upon the dooryard stone, too like a latch, And the children are again, awake, And all call out in whispers to their guardian angels.- Merton
Eternal Peace is sleeping in the hay, And Wisdom's born in secret in a straw-roofed stable.
And O! Make holy music in the stars, you happy angels. You shepherds, gather on the hill. Look up, you timid flocks, where the three kings Are coming through the wintry trees;
Well Merry Christmas and a Early Happy New Year to everyone!
Here is my completed picture of my sketch with the same title. It took me quite a while to finish it, I think I started painting this around august and just finished it tonight, well that's procrastination for you. This is actually my third version, the first was done with water colors, but I just never got around to scanning it, this one has the originally embroidering in the Blessed mothers sleeves, when I post the other you will also noticed that the sleeves will appear more blue in tint, and that's because it has no embroidery. In this piece the scene is midnight, a gentle breeze wisps through the clouds setting them adrift in the night like sail boats, and playfully and gently blowing through her Mary's hair. The halo mimics the glow of the moon and twelve stars surround her head. Two strands of pearls wrap around her neck, one white, one black. Little white pearls cover her black vest. I wish I were better at painting pearls. I had a lot of fun doing her blue skirt Tenderly she watches her son seated on her knee, playing with a string of stars, his head surrounded by a golden halo to match the golden sun , not that it has exactly 7 points. His golden/orange robe is like wise covered in pearls. Anyhoo, thats all for now. I do hope everyone had a good Christmas, and will continue to do so and a Happy New Year, may be I'll try to paint more as part of my new years resolutions, who knows, I'm a very spontaneous person, who knows what Ill do next, ha ha
For 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
For 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
"They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide." Matthew 19, 6
Just a drawing that started with a doodle and became this. A young couple getting married, and the Virgin Mary giving the wife the greatest Love of God and St. Joseph giving the husband the staff of light to guide the small flock of his home. Jesus Christ, through the Priest, blessing this union that will least until death. And the Holy Trinity all together, happy with one new christian family....
Well... that's exactly what I felt during the Celebration of my Matrimony... And God has been loyal to us, giving us all sort of blessings.
Pencil-case on paper... and GIMP to get the drawing better to be seen in DeviantArt.