The mother and child by Philip McMullen


Mary and baby Jesus. The tender love of the mother for her child who is sleeping in her arms.

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The verse on the back of the greetings card reads, ““But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

“This picture involved a degree of experimentation, as I wanted to focus down to the faces of the mother and the baby. I did this by using a degree of abstraction with the blue ’tiles’ surrounding the mother and child. The colour is due to the tradition of depicting Mary in Lapis Lazuli blue. To achieve this I coloured each ’tile’ separately with a range of colours beneath the surface blue. This gives a lustre and richness. In the top left, I included the Alpha and Omega letters as a kind of signet impression to indicate the holiness and glory of the birth. This is another subject that I would like to return to, perhaps in a more traditional mode.”  Philip

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Greetings card (1 card pack), Greetings card (2 card pack), Greetings card (6 card pack), Luxury canvas print, Masterpiece framed print (choice of frames), Mug, Poster, Premium framed print (choice of frames), Premium mounted print, Small mounted print


Philip McMullen

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