Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Painting Saints and Shepherds

ImageWorking on the two large paintings in either side of the throne. John the Baptist is on the right, and and the figure on the left is a shepherd holding a ewe. The blue robe belongs to the Virgin.
My autodidact art education includes time spent absorbing the extraordinary artworks that fill Italian churches. That, plus a Presbyterian childhood steeped in vacation Bible school, taught me to recognize the symbols that identify the saints.
My favorite part was getting to paint that lapis lazuli blue. So so gorgeous. I'll post closeups after I've developed the painting a little more.
Spent an hour searching (thanks Google!) for the name of the church - it's the Greek Orthodox church of St George in Vienna.

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