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The Pope’s Prayer Intention: For Artists

This month Pope Francis asks the world to pray for artists: That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.  The Pope’s Prayer Intention for Artists invites us to ask: How can we become “custodians of beauty”, that we may all discover the beauty of creation? Artists: Creativity …

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Mind-Body-Spirit Connection: Drawings and Gifts

    Mind-body-spirit: expression and science When I was in my early twenties I lived in Italy for several years, and it was there that I began to be more conscious of the mind-body-spirit connection. I had a friend who was a physician and dance instructor. She beautifully integrated the emotional and the scientific in her very …

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Sacred Architecture Paintings: Building Inspiration

Architectural Paintings Sacred Spaces Presence

Exhibit At Perrysburg Municipal Building I have been so impressed at the way several communities here in Northwest Ohio are thinking outside the box for ways to bring art into public spaces. My sacred architecture paintings and prints will be exhibited at the Perrysburg Municipal Building from March 6-April 24. The exteriors of local churches …

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The Monks of Norcia: Re-Building Tradition after the Earthquakes

From now until November 4, 2016 I will donate 50% of net proceeds from the sale of original artwork on www.michellepaine.com and my Etsy store to the Monks of Norcia Foundation to assist in re-building after the 2016 earthquakes. Re-Building Culture: Then and Now The Monks of Norcia know what it means to re-build. In the year 2000, the …

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Moments and Memories: Three Reasons I Love Painting Commissions

When I was a child I wanted to be an architect. I understood early on how built space shapes our human experience. I channel this love of architecture into my work painting commissions for collectors who desire to bring those experiences into their home. We all have specific places (outdoors, indoors, public, private…) that hold an important …

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Drawing the Nude – A Celebration of the Image of God

When people find out I go to a figure drawing group on Wednesday nights, they sometimes ask, “Isn’t that weird? I mean, you’re there drawing, and the model isn’t wearing clothes??” Michelangelo is famous for celebrating the world’s creation his beautiful, statuesque nudes… and Church leaders are famous for, years later, painting loincloths over them. …

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Orvieto and the Feast of Corpus Domini: Incarnation and the Arts

Orvieto was the birthplace for the feast of the Eucharist, called Corpus Domini, and one of the major feasts of the Catholic church. The Cathedral of Orvieto holds a treasure – a number of them, really, including frescos by Luca Signorelli, Gentile di Fabriano, and Fra Angelico. But its spiritual treasure is a relic from …

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Orvieto – Destination of the Heart

  Orvieto: In my dreams I walk your streets and speak your language, walking the halls of ancient convents and eating at the table of dear friends. You are always my destination, though sometimes, like last night, the bus misses the turn to cross the river and ascend and we end up in a field …

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Borders Exhibit

I am pleased to be able to participate in the Kreft Annual Juried Art Exhibit at Concordia University Ann Arbor again this spring. The theme of the exhibit is “Boundaries, Borders and Thresholds” and my monoprint “Approaching Dawn” will be included. This print is a part of the series exploring the Virgin Mary, and the …

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Body and Soul Exhibit

Oil painting on Canvas: Reflections: ON the Edge ©Michelle Arnold Paine

This painting – one of the newer ones in my series of Figurative Paintings reflecting on the Virgin Mary – is on its way to the Kreft Arts Center at Concordia University Ann Arbor to be included in the juried exhibit “Body and Soul”. Artworks in the exhibit can be viewed on the Kreft Arts …

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About my Journey…

You’ve probably noticed that much of the subject matter of my work has Christian undertones – church architecture, references to the Virgin Mary, as well as to aspects of art history related to the Christian faith. If you have every wondered exactly where that comes from on a personal level, you can listen to this …

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Annunciation/Birth

figurative,oil on canvas,8x8, price $300,Annunciation after Solario

The Feast of the Annunciation was moved to April 8 this year, since March 25 fell during Holy week. The Annunciation celebrates the moment when the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear the Savior. This series of Annunciation master studies I have shared over the last months is about waiting, and the expectation of new life. At times this "new life" has been a metaphor for new beginnings, forgiveness, spiritual renewal, but in 2012 the time of waiting was literal, as I waited, in pregnancy, for my baby girl to be born...






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Transcriptions: After Beccafumi

Annunciation after Beccafumi, Oil on Canvas, 6x6 ©2012

Another in my series of Annunciation transcriptions. The original Mannerist painting was completed in 1546 by Italian Domenico Beccafumi and is currently in the little town of Sarteano near Siena, Italy. I'm not always a fan of Mannerism, but I like the mirrored swooping curves in this painting and the sense of motion it creates, so different from the very still, stable Annunciations of Fra Angelico.






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Church of the Transfiguration, Cape Cod

A few weeks back we spent the weekend on Cape Cod for a little get-away. One of our excursions was to the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts. The Community of Jesus is an ecumenical Benedictine community made up of brothers (friars), sisters (nuns), and laypeople. They began building this testament of faith in 1997, hiring architects, liturgical consultants, and artists from all over the world to complete the narrative of salvation the building tells.






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Annunciation after Duccio

Annunciation after Duccio, Oil on Canvas, 6x6, ©Michelle Arnold Paine

What is the purpose of "copying" a work of art? Franklin Enspruch phrases it like this in a review of Wendy Artin's series of watercolors of the Elgin Marbles: "She is at once paying the sculptures due homage, studying them for artistic clues, and using them to reach upward in ambition and scale."

Somehow, in entering in to someone else's creation, one often emerges at the other end with a clearer, renewed sense of voice and direction.






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2012 Olympics and Run with the Fire

Beacon, Michelle Arnold Paine painting oil on canvas

The Olympics are always an Event: even non-sports fans like me turn on their televisions to watch the grace, strength, speed and beauty of what the human body can accomplish. The passing of the torch leading up to the Olympics is also a moving part of the event; it is expressive of our human journey on this earth, of friendship across nations, and fraternity even in competition. I am excited to be included in a digital exhibit which will be released in tandem with the London Olympics.






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"Resurrection" – Goetemann, Mahler, Signorelli and Maitani

On Friday I made a little trip to see a cycle of paintings by  Gordon Goetemann at Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton Center, MA. The cycle of large paintings is inispired by Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony in C Minor -- the "Resurrection" symphony. I had found out about it from a friend who had seen the show at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester. We were both interested in it because of the time we spent in Orvieto, where there are two great artworks representing the Resurrection of the Flesh...






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The Call to Beauty –

Our Lady of the Barren Tree

Cardus has just published another of my paintings in their online journal Comment.

Our Lady of the Barren Tree is an image of hope: the strange beauty of winter, in which it requries faith to believe that trees and grass are only "sleeping" and will return with new life and growth.
The tree, the vine, the branches – these images evoke the memory of Eve in the garden of Eden whose disobedience eventually brought on the exile of humanity from paradise. Eve's disobedience was eventually redeemed in the act of Mary’s obedient “May it be to me as you have said”.






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