Picture of Mary in May
I've done a lot of pictures of Mary, over the years - usually as gifts for family and friends. Sometimes, I've copied an Old Master's painting and, at other times, I've used a holy card as a reference. I normally adapt Our Lady's face to my vision of her, so the finished picture has always been slightly different to the original. This has usually happened subconsciously, as my own relationship with Mary has subtly influenced my work.
The picture below is one I did, about three years ago. The face in my picture is a bit more motherly than the original, probably because I personally relate to Mary as a mother, rather than as the young and simple girl of some pictures.
Maybe, you can help me by telling me how you visualize Our Lady. Do you have a favourite picture of her?