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Judith Costello painting of Jesus
Judith Costello painting of Jesus
Today's featured artist is Judith Costello in Moriarty, New Mexico.  Judith is an artist and writer. She is the founder of Unwind Studio: Where Art Relieves Stress. She shows her artwork under the name "Lady in the Sky Studio." She has written over 65 Craft Columns for New Mexico Kids magazine complete with How To illustrations and photos. Judith has two books available on How to Pray Like the Saints and the second is on Mariology: To Mary, Our Morning Star.  You can find her artwork in the Fine Art gallery: http://Catholic-Artists.org/fine-art Praying with Sacred Art is what Catholic-Artists.org is working to portray, both through the featured art shown in the galleries and through our planned Fall 2016 Catholic Artists Conference.  The above image is compelling, time transcending, and inviting us to prayer on this Holy Saturday.  I can only imagine the prayerful experience Judith had in creating this multi-media image of our Lord. God Bless you for reading and Happy Easter.  He has risen indeed!

Jesus Carries the Cross
Jesus Carries the Cross
Jesus meets his Mother
Jesus meets his Mother
Fred Anchao is a Lutheran Christian artist in Kisii, Kenya who teaches his craft and supports his community through religious art.  I found Fred's artwork on Facebook which you can see here https://www.facebook.com/fred.anchao?fref=ts&ref=br_tf  Fred's family and his community work together to create artwork from hard but delicate soapstone. Soapstone occurs naturally in Kenya and is pulled from the earth by hand without big machines.  Kisii is a village sustaining themselves out of the earth, literally.  The soapstone, white and sometimes red, is rigid enough to withstand sawing and chopping with a sharp knife but soft enough to carve details.  See Youtube "Carving a fair trade soapstone piece in Kisii, Kenya"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhccdpkqcvw "Mary, mother of God" is the title of the piece below, which has some of the red soapstone.  The sun on the left shines down upon Mary and Jesus to show the delight and beauty of their life together, Mary raising Jesus.  It is balanced on the right by red soapstone, representing the sorrows which pierce Mary.  This season of Lent is a reminder of the beauty of life with Jesus mingled with our sorrows on earth.  This earthly world is filled with many sorrows but people like Fred and his family find JOY in JESUS, making devotionals of our Christian Faith out of the rock of the earth.
Holy Mother of God
Holy Mother of God
 

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If you search the Internet looking for Catholic and Christian art, you have undoubtedly run across the above painting.  People have found it greatly popular because its unusual and because people see themselves in that position - underwater looking for a hand - and glad that hand belongs to Jesus.  How much of our lives is bearing witness to our Faith vs keeping silent when the subject comes up?  If you've been silent then you're really glad that hand belongs to Jesus. "Lord, I need you." Yongsung Kim is a Korean painter working in oil on canvas and with computer.  Yongsung achieves some amazing effects which fit the piece.  For example, the background, almost the whole painting, looks like sand in the scene where Jesus writes on the ground while the woman is accused of adultery.  In the painting of Jesus as servant, the linen texture from their clothing comes forward.  In the painting of Jesus and the sheep, wool seems to come from Jesus' hair and beard.  Continuity is sometimes hard to capture but Yongsung has done this well. You can see more of his work in the fine art gallery here at Catholic-Artists.org.  Although Yongsung is not Catholic, I would like to show his work and provide a link to his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ysbiblicalart I do have his contact information if you would like to buy a giclee print of any of his works (see the fine art gallery).  Please contact me at johnm@holywatercolor.com for arrangements.    

thestoryfinal_cover-300x300 I’ve been looking for popular Catholic artists and music which testifies to our Christian Faith. Tonight I found a collection of music we can all appreciate. It is (music inspired by) The Story written in 2011 by Nichole Nordeman http://www.cbn.com/cbnmusic/interviews/nichole-nordeman-the-story-interview-goodwyn.aspx and Bernie Herms featuring artists: Nichole Nordeman , Amy Grant (RUTH), Bart Millard (MOSES), Francesca Battistelli (MARY), Natalie Grant (MARY MAGDALENE), Steven Curtis Chapman (THIEF), Mark Hall & Megan Garrett (ABRAHAM AND SARAH). A comprehensive collection of talents and styles, this 18 song group of violin, piano, full orchestra, and vocals represents the Bible story in voices from Genesis to Jesus' Resurrection. There are many but most beautiful song on the album, in my opinion, is the the song “Be Born in Me” - the voice of Mary sung by Francesca Battistelli.  An instrumental section begins "Be Born in Me" reflecting the instrumental "I AM (Creation)" that begins the album:  this sounds to me like the Annunciation.  Then incorporating the beautiful vocals of Francesca Battistelli, Mary tells how she feels about her experience, her love for God, and she declares acceptance of her role in Salvation. I remember when Jesus Christ Superstar (the album) came out in the 70's.  "The Story" is as good and as impactful; such an accomplished work is set to inspire our Faith in Jesus and help us participate in the family of God. I recommend visiting http://www.thestorycd.com/ or iTunes to search for The Story to give a listen. Their last tour was in 2013.  Maybe 2015 is time again.

Picturing Mary
Picturing Mary
If you can't travel to Washington, DC to see the exhibit Picturing Mary, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has a digital collection of videos and images which cover a small part of the exhibit: http://nmwa.org/global-icon Here's the full site for the National Museum of Women in the Arts http://nmwa.org/exhibitions/picturing-mary-woman-mother-idea which also includes two other online previews.