Like most artists of various stripes, I have favorite subjects.
One of my very favorite things to do is Madonnas.
This is strange for me, because as you will see as this blog fills out and continues on, most of the things I like to draw are weird, non representational, and dark.
Madonnas are also about the only time I draw specific people and to date I have not drawn a non representational Madonna. They are also the most joyous and “light” subjects I draw. So they are a real niche inside of my artistic spectrum.
Currently I have completed 4 Madonnas. I will discuss each under their image.
What makes Lamore d’Madonna interesting and especially endearing to me is the subject of it.
It started out as me working from a black and white picture of my mother holding me. During the process of painting it, some kind of Oedipal lizard brain shit took over and the painting turned into my wife holding my youngest son who was a toddler at the time.
The pose and the dress are so obviously from the image that my mother of course recognized it, an I feel like she was probably offended by the change.
But when I look at it, this painting encompasses everything that a non religious Madonna should. A mothers love for her child. And frankly I don’t think that could be captured better than through a morphing of those two women.
For the technical minded, this is oil paint on 20×30 inch canvas board and while I don’t have great records was somewhere between my 25th and 30th oil attempt.
I am guessing that there are 12-15 of those that you will never see here. If you have self taught with oil, or worked with it you will understand. Some of my of my oils are good, none are great masterpieces, but several of them are terrible.
At any rate, the second Madonna I did is next.
L’Enfant Madonna was one of the last oil paintings I did, is representative of my best technical work with oil, and is one of my very favorite paintings from my work.
The mother is my oldest daughter and her first born. The title reflects that she had this beautiful little girl a teenager.
This oil is also on a 20×30 canvas board.
The third Madonna that I did is a pencil drawing of one of my grandsons being held by his mother.
Madonna Schizzinosa is the accurately named and the image is mainly focused on the look of content that my grandson had in this image.
It is drawn on 9×12 bristol board with water based colored pencils (dry).
The most recent Madonna I have done currently is another favorite.
Premier Sourire de Madonna was a truly precious moment, and I am happy we captured the sheer power of the love between a mother and her son.
This young lady has struggled with depression and anxiety most of her life, and prior to this moment I don’t think we had seen a real smile from her in years.
I can still remember the hope for her I felt when we got to see her come back to life as this little guy joined all of ours.
Don’t get me wrong, babies don’t cure depression and she still struggles. But new life can be extremely inspirational, and in this case it provide a foundation to build a new life on.
This got a little more personal than I intended, but I suppose any honest conversation about ones artwork will do that.
At any rate that is my current body of work with Madonnas. I am sure there will be more as time moves on.
This particular subject is one of the very few that I will accept direct commissions for. Just so we don’t waste each others time. Pricing will be based on the media I am working with at the time and the size of the image desired. Payment will be in advance and there will be no refunds or reworks. If you commission me to paint your Madonna image you will buying my interpretation…not whatever image you thought you wanted.
Currently the best way to contact me will be via Facebook. Facebook.com/rlsii
Eventually I will create and assign an email to this site and endeavor.