4 3/16" x 5 13/16", egg tempera on Kelmscott vellum,
(at Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, Florida
for the MASF 2009 Annual International Miniature Art Show)
Here is the final version of "Madonna and Child of Saint Remy." I titled this in French because I found my inspiration for this painting during my trip to France, when our guide gave us some time to explore Saint Remy by ourselves. I took a walk on my own and discovered a small cathedral called St. Martin's, with many beautiful devotional statues. It was very dark inside, and I couldn't believe I was alone in such a beautiful place. I felt so blessed to find this life-sized Madonna and Child dressed in gold, and knew then that I would want to paint my own version.
This got sent out for the MASF show in a lovely gold frame. Framing is part of the jurying process in this particular miniature competition. Certain specifications and guidelines must be followed, and I'll discuss more about framing for competition in a future post.