One of my favorite madonnas was painted by Carlo Dolci, Italian, 1616-1687. The focal image here is his madonna and I'm making a variation for one of my favorite art processes, SoulCollage®. You can access information at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida about the original art. I created this SoulCollage® card in Polyvore, however, not cut and pasted by hand like I usually create cards.
In the SoulCollage® process, you write "I am the one who" statements to personalize the experience. I am the one who has hidden inside your unconscious long before you became Catholic. You came into life loving the color blue and when you became upset as a child, you'd shut your eyes and think blue to calm yourself. In your 30s I came to you tangibly the first time in a reproduction you found in an art book. My image has brought you comfort ever since.
We are encouraged to ask the card a question and mine would be, "Now, thanks to the wealth of information on the Internet about you that I never knew, how can I make you part of myself in a more meaningful way?"
I am one of several women joining Rebecca in celebrating her 12 days of Mary love at her blog. Everyone is invited. While this is not about religion, it is about sharing, opening hearts, rejoicing in ultimate mother love. It is about light, compassion, inspiration, and the sweet chance to begin each day together in beauty and peace. Thanks, Stephanie at Mango Studio for the words in this paragraph.