4" x 6", egg tempera on Kelmscott vellum (in progress)
When I work on an image of Mary, I call upon her in prayers,
as part of my effort to capture her spirit in paint. The same is true of Jesus as a baby. The painting has been going very smoothly, and I have been meditating also on the gold of the dress, which I feel makes this Madonna particularly special. I really enjoyed capturing the lights and colors within the gold. Another darker blue layer has been added to the background to increase the contrast and bring the figures out more.
Next I will go back to the faces, hands and flesh tones to fine-tune them some more.