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Image from the Rubble: Painting the Norcia Commission

Collecting Reference Material A year ago I wrote about the destruction waged by earthquakes in central Italy, and the effect it had on the Benedictine Monks of Norcia, whose community was founded on the birthplace of the Saint Benedict and his sister, Saint Scholastica. Last winter some friends of the Monks here in Northwest Ohio …

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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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Summer Juried Show at White Stone Gallery

This Friday, July 11 will be the opening for the Summer Juried Exhibit at White Stone Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. I am very excited to have my painting Pilgrimage: St. Peter’s accepted in the show and to be able to participate in a show at a gallery who represents such fine artists as Makoto Fujimura, …

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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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New Church Interior Drawings

When classes are in session I don't always have the time I would like to engage in long studio sessions, but I always try and keep things moving by doing small drawings, watercolor studies, or even just taking a few minutes during my figure drawing class time to make a few gesture drawings while the model is posing. These drawings are some small studies I did in my parish church (Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton).

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