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.


Mrs. Rudd said...

Very nice, Mr. Nelson. Yes, it is closer to the retablos we are used to seeing. Either way, they do what they are supposed to do - honor our heroes and remind us of our devotions.

Now then... dear Father Serra today and San Diego the other day. Are you perhaps moving up the mission chain?

Terry Nelson said...

Thanks Mrs. R. They are all pretty rough looking - it is difficult for me to paint miniatures these days. I used to be quite good at it. They look nicer with the dangles.

I am basing all the images on images I've found along the Mission chain - my St. Paschal is a redux of St. John Capistrano.

Wasn't the San Diego figure beautiful?

Mrs. Rudd said...

Yes, little humble Diego was beautiful. There are so few good representations of him. You have not lost your insight.

I can hardly wait to see what you do with Santa Cruz and Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

(Dear Saint Lucy, please intercede for Mr. Nelson's eyes. Thank you.)

Jenn said...

And I, on the other hand, don't find it to be a kindergarden painting. I love it. I love this retablo style... seems like it should be hanging in Frida and Diego's house outside of Mexico City en la casa azul. I'm glad to see that you've been painting a lot. I might have an old, retablo style frame around the house too... not from Pier 1, though perhaps from an estate sale. If dropped off, do they ever magically get a painting in them?

We never got a chance for coffee before we left. Thanks for the lovely Christmas cards. I'm going to miss seeing you or looking longingly into your windows for the kitty while we're gone. I'm working on another blog now on wordpress. When its up, I'll send it your way. In the meantime, I think I have a post or two up on cityfarmgirl.

Take care-- jenn

Terry Nelson said...

Thanks Jenn! If a frame gets dropped off it definitely would get filled.

I look forward to the new blog and I'll check out the old one again.

Miss you - prayers for all,


Yaya said...

I love this image. I am a native Californian and live about 30 mins. from the San Gabriel Mission. The painting remind some of the old images of the Saints hanging in the old Mission itself.

Terry, I did not know you were so talented! God bless you for such a gift! Thanks for sharing your fine work with us.

I plan to visit your online art museum and often. ^^

Have you painted the Virgen morena yet? La Virgen de Guadalupe?