Friday, July 15, 2016
A painting of sympathy, peace and compassion by international artist Stephen B. Whatley | Flickr.com
The Holy Mother and Infant Christ, a new tribute by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley who felt compelled to create on this day, in prayers of sympathy and for peace and compassion for the nation of France, in the aftermath of yesterday's tragic loss of life, through the insanity of terrorism during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice.
Choosing to restrict his colours in this memorial tribute drawing in pastel, to France's national colours of blue, white and red, the artist also observed a photograph of the 1860s statue of Our Lady of France - Notre Dame de France - by Jean-Marie Bienaimé Bonnassieux (1810-1892), that stands on a hill in Le Puy-en-Velayin.
A visual prayer in solidarity with France and with hope for world peace. Vive La France! Peace.
Mr. Whatley's Catholic tributes are displayed on the website of www.Christian-Miracles.com
Saturday, December 06, 2014
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The Most Recent Catholic Tribute Painting by Expressionist Artist Stephen B. Whatley
(Reprinted from the website of the artist.)
The origins of this devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal) date back to 1830, in the Chapel of The Sisters of Charity (now known as The Chapel of Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal) in Paris, France, where Sister ( now Saint ) Catherine Laboure received three miraculous visitations from Our Lady informing her that She was giving her a mission.
On November 27, 1830 Sister Catherine saw a vision of Our Lady standing on a globe that the Mother of God explained represented the whole world; especially France that was experiencing great poverty during the aftermath the many wars of the time. Her foot is placed on a serpent, below her representing Satan.
Streaming from rings on Mary's fingers were many rays of light that symbolised the graces she obtains for those who ask. Framing the vision was an inscription,
"O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you"
Mother Mary instructed Sister Catherine to have a medal - now known as the Miraculous Medal - created of this image. She then showed her what should be detailed on the reverse of the medal: 12 stars encircling a large "M" from which arose a Cross, below which are two hearts, representing The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Blessed Virgin Mary told Sister Catherine that "…Those who wear the medal will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around their neck"
Painting in prayer, the artist embroidered all the elements of the Blessed Virgin Mary's instructions into his painting - with a special intention that the painting should bring light, peace, hope and blessings of healing to those who view it.
'Miraculous Medals' cut to this divine design can be bought from cathedrals, churches & Catholic shops.
A Novena (9 day prayer) to the Miraculous Medal can be see read via this link to the official website of The Chapel of Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal in Paris , 140 rue du Bac, Paris, France:
The work of Stephen B. Whatley has been published in TIME magazine and in numerous periodicals including the Catholic press. His work can be found in collections worldwide and in public collections including the BBC Heritage, London Transport Museum, The Royal Collection, The Tower of London (where there is a permanent walkway of the artist's work at Tower Hill) and London's Westminster Cathedral which staged an exhibition of his Catholic tributes, "Paintings From Prayer" - which included a portrait of Pope Francis - in August 2013.
The Feast Day of Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal is celebrated the same day as that of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception: December 8th.
Prayers for peace and miracles of strength & healing during Advent, Christmas, and in the New Year.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Oil on canvas,
38 x 24in
Visit the following link for more artwork by the artist: www.stephenbwhatley.com
Visit the following link to read the Catholic Life article: Stephen B. Whatley The Praying Artist
Saturday, January 19, 2013
|Our Lady of Lourdes by Stephen B. Whatley|
The Art of Stephen B. Whatley - Flickr.com
Commentary by Loci B. Lenar
Stephen B. Whatley is a remarkable and a multi-talented artist. His colorful artwork spans an array of topics from Christian Tributes, still-life, portraits to landscapes and cityscapes.
Stephen resides in the UK while his art is in many private collections throughout the world including the USA. His artwork has been featured in Time magazine, USA Today, The London Times newspaper, and his tribute to Elizabeth Taylor was featured on CNN.
Stephen's commissions include Buckingham Palace and a series of 30 paintings for Her Majesty's Tower of London to name just a few.
I recently ordered two collectible prints from the artist which arrived from the UK on Friday. The two signed prints include Our Lady of Lourdes and The Virgin Mary of Breezy Point, New York. The vibrant and multihued prints of Our Lady will add a colorful and uplifting presence to my home. The prints of Our Lady are quite stunning!
Stephen's new painting of Saint Andrew is one of many brilliant portraits of saints that he has painted in recent years.
However, his beautiful cityscape of the Avenue of the Americas, NYC, painted in January of 2013 is refreshing and puts a colorful perspective on one of my favorite cities! My wife, Teresa and I often visit New York City to see Broadway shows and enjoy lunch or dinner at Carmine's on West 44th Street. The new pastel painting is reflective of the ambiance that Manhattan has to offer while visiting the city.
If your interested in original art or prints of Stephen B. Whatley, please visit his website and view his Online Gallery.
The following new paintings and description is reprinted by permission from the artist:
|Saint Andrew by Stephen B. Whatley|
The artist felt compelled to pay tribute to this apostle (see image on top) - sometimes called the first friend of Jesus - with prayers and great compassion for a dear friend, Andrew - a devout Catholic from Ireland - who has been fighting throat cancer.
St Andrew was known for his self-effacement and generosity and is Patron Saint of fishermen, and rope makers.
Oil on canvas,
27 x 19.5in/ 68.6 x 50cm
|Avenue of the Americas, NYC by Stephen B. Whatley|
The most recent work in a series of paintings and drawings of New York City by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley.
Avenue of the Americas, NYC. January 1, 2013
Pastel on paper, 23.4 x 16.5in/ 59 x 42cm
This drawing - made on the first day of 2013 - was inspired by 3 drawings made on location in October 2010 from the edge of Central Park, looking up the Avenue of The Americas, more commonly known as 6th Avenue. Captured here, below the eclectic mix of architecture, is one of the horses and carriages that passed by as Stephen drew - a romantic feature of this area of Manhattan.
Pastel on paper, 23.4 x 16.5in/ 59 x 42cm