Saturday, December 1, 2012

Retablo-Stampita: Carmine Madonna

Carmine Madonna
Terry Nelson
Acrylic on canvas panel

Painted from a holy card/stampita of the Calced Madonna.  I painted this copy as Discalced.  She is wearing alpargatas. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Retablo: St. Francis of Assisi

S. Francis of Assisi
Terry Nelson
acrylic on copper
4" x 6"

I painted this panel for a really cool frame I found on sale at Pier One.  I work on these with the saint's relics near by and touch them to the relics when they are completed.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bl. Junipero Serra

Bl. Junipero Serra
acrylic on brass with
gold foil edge.
2" x 2.5"
T. Nelson

This is probably the worst painting I've ever done since I was a child.  I really can't see to paint small images any more.  I'll add hanging beads and dangles to the panel for ornament.  In naivete, it's probably the closest I've ever come to a real retablo painting.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Retablo ornament

San Jose retablo ornament
4.5"x 2"
T. Nelson
acrylic on brass.
I will add silver and gold beads later.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Retablo: St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi
4" x 7"
acrylic on copper
T. Nelson


Retablo: St. Paschal Baylon

St. Pascal Baylon
13"x 4"
acrylic on wood
T. Nelson

 Finished panel as shrine:


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Next retablo knock-off...

18th Century Style Infant Jesus
Terry Nelson 2012
Acrylic on panel.
This is how the Nino looks in the nicho
I made it for.  A nicho is a small shrine,
often made of tin, as is this one.
I added a LED candle just to see how it looks lighted. 
The candle is too big of course.
I intend to copper leaf the floor of the nicho
to help reflect light.  Then I will add a couple of vials
of dirt from Chimayo, New Mexico.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Painting retablo.

St. Toribio Romo Gonzalez, Terry Nelson
5" x 4" acrylic on panel.
To be inserted into decorative frame.
Retablo ornament, Allegory of Penance.
Terry Nelson
Acrylic on copper, approx 3"x 2"
silver bells and hanger.

I'm working on a more complicated, larger canvas right now, but I'm taking time off to paint a few retablo style pieces.  I visited a local gift shop specializing in Mexican imports and became inspired to create some crafty items in the Mexican style.  I can't see very well these days, so the painting is not as precise as I would like, nor is the workmanship very good... and the scanner has some cat hair issues.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My first icon...

Christ, 1978
 Tempera on wood panel.

This is the very first icon I ever painted.  I recently distressed it - peeling and sanding away paint, using a file to round the edges and effect cracks in the panel, even holding it over an oil lamp flame to darken the patina.  Then I heavily waxed the panel.

The original panel was painted in egg tempera - without a gesso ground.  I also used gold paint instead of gold leaf.  I kept the panel so that I could be reminded that my talent is limited.  Recently I was cleaning storage areas and came upon it - rather than burn it, I thought I'd make it look as if it had been through a revolution.

I haven't updated the site for awhile since I've been busy with other stuff.  This will have to do until I get back to painting.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Christian Art Festival

Blessed Alberto Marvelli - T. Nelson  2012

Acrylic on board.

Jesus of St. Teresa - T. Nelson  2011

Acrylic on canvas.

Once again this year I entered the Crossview Christian Art Festival in Edina Minnesota, not expecting to be accepted.  2012 happens to be their 30th year for the annual juried art show.  I entered my St. Roch two years ago, but it was rejected, so I wasn't sure my work this year would make it.  In the past I have entered paintings for which I won Honorable Mention and 3rd place.  I don't enter every year because I don't always have religious painting to show. 

This year I was astonished that both paintings shown above were accepted by the jurors, and even more surprised when Bl. Alberto Marvelli was awarded the Festival Award, or 1st place.  I was totally blown away and wanted to keep it secret until I had a photo of the work to show so I could update this blog. 

If you click on the photos you can get a closer look.  I hope to have them photographed properly after the show closes.  (I sneaked out when no one was there to take the photos shown here.)  The show closes May 13. 

*Marvelli is presented icon-style with a background montage suggesting disintegrated fresco work representing the destruction Rimini suffered in WWII.  To his lower left is a scene from Rimini, the street his boyhood friend Federico Fellini was born on, while the background to his right offers a 'holy-card-style-apparition' of one of his favorite saints, St. Gemma Galgani. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Levitating Priest

Levitating Priest - Terry Nelson
Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 10

[Sorry I haven't cropped the photo - if you click on the image you may get a better view.]

Monday, February 20, 2012

Scanned and uncut...

Backyard - T. Nelson, 2012
8 x 8 acrylic on canvas

This piece may turn out to be one in a series of illustrations for my Mrs. Rabbitowitz stories.  I dunno.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Making pictures

I've been wasting my time 'making pictures'.

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