Friday, December 14, 2007
This painting is called "Newborn King". It's a different viewpoint of the nativity scene. In this painting we are viewing the Madonna & Child from above - just as the angels must have done. This young lady that modeled for Mary is someone I met in a hospital gift shop. The moment I saw her I knew that I needed to use her as a model for Mary. She had such a beautiful and natural innocent beauty about her. Her hair was naturally and loosely curled around her young face and she was still in her teens. When I approached her about modeling I said something like: "Would you be willing to come and pose for a painting for me..... Don't get the wrong idea, you will be fully clothed and you can bring your mother". My wife and daughter was with me and a bit embarassed I think. :-) But, I think you'll agree that it was worth it. She was wonderful. With the baby I wanted him to be looking at us to connect us with Him. I loved the way her white shawl fell and draped around her. I thought that it brought in a kind of "heavenly quality" to the painting and was indeed a sort of symbolic halo around the sacred scene that I was trying to represent. Newborn King. I hope you enjoy it.