December 19, 2012

Mary Magdalene Canvas

Hi Everyone,

As we get close to the end of the year I wanted to post a couple more times some things I have been up to and also write a post to close out the year. With all the things the days bring I hope to find the time to organize those for you. 

Today, I wanted to share how I created a piece of artwork that was inspired by Sheri Ponzi, Daisy Coba and those that passed away too soon in Connecticut this month. I wanted to do something to remember them. My heart has been heavy and I needed to express myself.  Here are some pictures of the Mary's I made.

I am taking an online course Painting the Goddess Within with Sheri Ponzi and the divine, goddess mother, Mary was our guide for the day. Mary always comforts me. I love the symbolism of her and that she makes me feel protected. When I think of Mary and how I feel about her I always think to a scene from the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. It is the scene when Frances just moved in to an old house, Bramasole, in Italy. After her friend questions whether or not buying a house and deciding to stay in Italy was the right choice the phone conversation is interrupted by a thunderstorm. A great metaphor for what is happening to Frances internally. As mother nature crashes down around her house with lightening bolts and pelting rain she hides under the bed covers. She notices an owl on the bed post and connects with its fear. Distraught, tired and confused Frances looks just above and finds a painting of Mother Mary sitting in an oval frame on the head board. Mary's eyes are loving and soft. Frances reaches to touch her and prays to her quietly through the tears. I just love that! 

Another inspiration to this creation was that I also spent time with a great friend and artist Daisy that day. She showed me how to use polymer clay and I wanted to put some of the techniques she showed me to use. Mary signifies love, peace, and hugs and kisses from a mother. I am praying for peace for all that were left behind. 

My Facebook friends asked me to make a video on how to make these canvases. This is only my second video and I am very nervous about cameras but my hope is that through sharing my process and my grieving for the families that it will reach them and help them in their healing journey ahead. 

Here are the videos:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10 

Here are some pictures of the canvas and final mold. I wanted to use the baby in this one to hold the memory of the children. 

Thank you for watching and for your interest in my artwork. Love one another. Namaste´


5 comments: said...

Wow, Sophia! You did a great job of showing the process. I spent a bit of time flipping among the videos. Thanks, this is a big gift. Love the works. Great post!

De Anna said...

You are absolutely amazing! I'm in awe of your talent, creativity and passion! You continue to inspire me.

Warmly, De Anna

Anonymous said...

I like that the eyes are closed. Symbolic of looking within?

Jan J. said...

I can't wait to watch the videos - the art is wonderful, very emotional and moving. Thank you for so generously sharing. I haven't seen anything like it. I so love that movie and that scene as well.

Jane said...

Very beautiful and what a wonderful idea!! Really enjoyed watching your videos. Thanks so much.