Black Madonna of Paris

The Black Madonna of Paris, 2013

In June 2013, I had an opportunity to visit Notre Dame de Bonne Deliverance and be with the Black Madonna of Paris in her sanctuary. The church is a gorgeous small white and gold beauty; the Madonna and child a wonderful, well cared for relic of ancient times. Clearly held as sacred and full of prayerful energy by the worshippers in the church who are hugely protective of her.

We stayed for mass and hung out for a few minutes after sketching. My painting is inspired by being in her presence and feeling the love and energy in the sanctuary. It is not an exact representation – it is what my pen drew sitting there in her presence. Usually I draw what I see in these kinds of situations, but this time I just let flow what wanted to be drawn.

In my studio, I painted her with palette knife roses and fleur de lys and all the rich colors and textures of my trip to Paris. When I was done, she informed me she wanted a frame and not just any frame mind you. I mused on this as she really did need a frame and it needed to be uniquely hers.

I created a frame slowly in layers of texture, lace, paint, photos of angels, words, and more rich color and texture. More palette knife roses and a hand painted title at the bottom. A frame on which she rests like she is upon a bed of roses. With her name written on it like they always were in the old days. A frame that holds and honors her. Her story is that she is here to answer prayers for love and healing.

Acrylic on canvas 24×30 inches, dimensions with custom built and painted ornate frame are 36.25 x 42.25 inches. Frame is custom designed for the painting; birch plywood with collage and acrylic paint. 

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