“Annunciation” oil on canvas 60″x42″

I recently started back at the studio, hoping to get back into some daily practice. We, at the Courtyard, can’t yet welcome visitors or classes which makes for a quiet day. The first thing I saw was this painting clearly unfinished. It takes a break to see what could be done to tidy up the figure. I repainted the face, hands and the lace part of the top. Interesting I posted the two ages of Kate in the last post. Here is Kate again a bit older as Mary.


annunciation hac photo

A contemporary take on the Annunciation. Mary is visited by the Archangel Gabriel and given news that she would conceive and become the Mother of Jesus.

I was commissioned to paint Mary for St Peter in Chains Church in Ardrossan some years back. I staged a few versions of Mary and this one was put to the side at the time. I liked this one, so vowed to paint it one day. I had an opportunity to prepare for a group show and felt the time was right to tackle this again.

There are a few things in the picture which add to the telling of the tale of the commission. Discarded ideas on the floor, the canvas at the back which the painting now exists on.

Mary is historically depicted at her studies when Gabriel appears, so she is seen here holding a book.

The studio is meant to be analogous to Josephs workshop.

We, the viewer, are seeing the scene from the point of view of Gabriel. (A ploy to not have to paint wings and feathers!)

The painting is currently hanging in the Harbour Arts Centre in our annual Courtyard Studios Exhibition.



Mary for blog

I have nearly finished my portrait of Mary, just a final refinement of tones to the hands and it should be complete, save for a “once over” to make sure.

This one has taken me some time. There was a fair bit of toing and froing due to the nature of the commissioning process. Luckily, the client was sure of what he was asking for because any chance I could have had, I was for taking it to a more contemporary place. That will be for another time though. I have another two or three staged Mary’s all photographed and waiting for canvas.

One thing the client stipulated was that he just wanted a depiction of the girl from Galilee.

This will be heading for a church near home when it is framed in the next week or two. Fingers crossed it will go well with everyone involved.