Friday, March 5, 2021

St. Nunzio Sulprizio - a new image.

St. Nunzio Sulprizio
Terry Nelson


St. Nunzio, pray for us.

I was attracted to Nunzio Sulprizio many years ago, since he led a difficult life and suffered abuse in his childhood and teen years. I first heard Fr. John Horgan speak of him on Mother Angelica sometime in the 1990's.  His story and example of patience in suffering is remarkable. Go here for an overview of his life.

In this study, I based his looks upon the canonization image and early prints of the saint as to how he looked in life.  This image is so farunvarnished, since I just finished it - the exposure is a bit light saturated.   

He's been my companion all winter, spending a couple hours a day working on the painting.  We have a few things in common, I think.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

A final look at St. Nunzio.

I added the rosary to complete the study.
St. Nunzio Sulprizio, pray for us.

Six Matt Talbot paintings by me ...

1st attempt.  An icon of Matt.

2nd attempt Matt as an older man.

3rd attempt Matt closer to the end of his life.

4th attempt - Matt as young man
on Newcomen Bridge.

5th attempt - Matt as young man.

6th attempt - Matt after only known
photo of him.

An attempt to capture Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot - T. Nelson
acrylic on panel 5"x7"

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Quick upload of photos of recent works (2018-2019) added to my catalog.

St. Nunzio Sulprizio
T.Nelson 2019

B. Miguel Pro
T.Nelson 2018

V. Maria Agreda
T.Nelson 2019

S. Aloyisius
T.Nelson 2018

Shrine exterior
Wood and rawhide
T.Nelson 2018

Shrine interior NS Conquistadora 
Wood and rawhide, brass trim.
T.Nelson 2018

S. Therese of Lisieux
Panel figure.
T.Nelson 2018

St. Michael after Fra Angelico
T.Nelson 2018

Virgen de la Luz
T.Nelson 2018

S. Sebastian
T.Nelson 2018

Escudo De Moneja Immaculata with saints.
Acrylic on copper in antique frame.
T.Nelson 2018

S. Francis at Greccio
T.Nelson 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Something I made over Lent.

The Annunciation in antique tabernacle frame.
30" x 30 overall.
Acrylic and gold on panel.
Terry Nelson

An idea of the scale of the 'shrine'.

The tabernacle frame is solid oak, a 19th century antique/relic
from an unknown Greek Catholic church.
It was part of communion rail gate.
It is finished in faux travertine with gold details and marbled columns.
The insets are decorated laca povera style with printed
 Fra Angelico scenes from the life of the Virgin,
and then antiqued.

Starting the icon on red gesso panel.

The first leaf applied to the nimbus.

The completed icon with 24k gold leaf.
The full scene measures 26"x 21" on panel.
Details in the center of the scene suggest the
Church of the Annunciation in Minneapolis,
with a small mandorla of the Visitation
on the furthest architectural element,
meant to suggest the merged
 parish of the Church of The Visitation,
as well as to suggest the parish school.
These details are partially obscured 
by the central column of the tabernacle frame,
but can be viewed at an angle.
The background is not intended to dominate the scene. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Newly discovered works ...

Blessed Alberto Marvelli
T. Nelson
Colored pencil on paper.

Our Lady of the Burning Bush
T. Nelson
2.5"x7.5" acrylic on wood.

OL of the Burning Bush, Sinai (detail)

The Holy Virgin panel was prepared and gilded over 20 years ago.  I misplaced it and was happy to discover the ground I used seeped through the real gold leaf I used to create the patina you see.  The image had already been inscribed in the traditional manner and so all I did was paint the Madonna in the Sinai style.