I got to my studio early this morning and looked at my Mother Mary and the birds, both on the floor next to each other. I wasn’t sure which to work on, so looked some more and waited.
It only took a few minutes for me to decide. It was time to work on Mother Mary’s hands and paintbrushes. I always get a little nervous when it’s time to do a major part, like this, when I’m working on a piece. But there also always comes the time when I find I’m ready to do it. Or maybe it’s just that it doesn’t feel right avoiding it anymore.
I did her hands first but forgot to take pictures of the process. I didn’t forget when it came time for the brushes.
Once again I pinned my drawing of the brushes onto the fabric I was stitching on. I chose a piece of muslin, it felt like the right color and texture. Then I stitched over the lines using red thread.
In the photo above you can see how I started to peel the paper away after sewing over the lines.
Then I sewed over the outline adding some details.
Next came the brush hairs…
…then the paint on the brushes.
Here are the brushes in the hands.
Now that I have her face and hands and brushes I can start putting Mother Mary together.
I don’t have all the details with her feet worked out. I want to put conch shells and a crescent moon, like Our Lady of Guadalupe has at her feet. But that will come.
Next, I’ll cut some batting to size and a backing that I can stitch through when I sew down her face, hands, brushes, and all that blue lace.
9 thoughts on “Mother Mary’s Hands and Bouquet of Brushes”
Wow, she’s coming together beautifully:) I love the texture of the brushes.
Thanks Janet. 🙂
charming, ethereal and lovely. nice work and perfect for the high school art room. you have a gift. so fun to see how it progresses. and the birds are precious, too! I have inherited some handwork…I wonder if I should send it to you…I don’t do anything with it, and you are so creative. should I send you pics? lmk.
Maria, I love, love, love the colors and textures of the paint brushes! Mary is wild and wonderful!
Thanks Janet, They were really fun to make. 🙂
Maria, you are a good teacher laying out your thoughts and art work.
Thank you for inspiring me!
I have no talent yet wish to create.
I’m so glad you learn something from what I do Debrah.Thanks for your good words. And I’m sure you have talent, you just haven’t found it yet.
has this been sold yet??
It isn’t Kim.