Our Art Gallery
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
“The Octave Day of Christmas Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God” USCCB.org, Luke, Chapter 2:16-21 , January 1, 2023–A painting of Mary and Baby Jesus would be a great project for children of all ages. This is a watercolor on watercolor paper, using water soluble color pencils. I also used black ink and a fountain pen for highlights. I always use a white ink pen to “erase” mistakes. It is called a “Acrylic Painter” and it is like using “Wite -Out” in a pen. “All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
For both of the paintings, I used watercolors including water soluble crayons, watercolor pencils, and liquid watercolors. For the first painting, I used watercolor paper. I drew the figure of Mary, and Jesus sleeping in her arms. First, I outlined with a regular pencil. Then I filled the lines in with color, and lastly added, black ink for impact using a tiny brush. For the background color, I painted yellow liquid watercolor, then repeated it with orange liquid watercolor, leaving a streaky highlight that showed the yellow underneath. For the second painting I essentially used the same tools and process, but painted on a canvas panel instead of paper.
For Parents to Teach To Their Children
“The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.”
“Here is the “Salve Regina,” chanted by the Monastic Choir of the Abbey of Notre-Dame Fontgombault. It is a beautiful version of this song to our Blessed Mother. Ave Maria! Published on Dec 31, 2009″
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae:
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, Advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos
ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis, post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens: O pia: O dulcis
Our Art Project–Draw or Paint a Picture of Mary
It can be every simple. Depending on the age of your child, you can help the child take any aspect of these drawings and focus on those. For example, perhaps your child will like to draw a cross, a pink heart, hearts and flowers for Mary, etc.
Here are some samples that your child might like to look at. Children can use any art supplies they have at home. I always use watercolor paper for almost all drawing or painting projects because it is strong. Below are watercolor paintings, plain and simple. You can use pens, or any fun art tool that you have.