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Our Lady of Good Counsel
April 28th 2012
Watercolor and Ink
7.5 inches by 11 inches


"I am the Mother of fair love, of reverence,
and of knowledge, and of holy hope.
In me is all grace of the way and of the truth,
in me is all hope of life and of virtue.
Approach me, you who desire me,
and take your fill of my fruits."

~ Sirach 24:17-19

"And now my children, listen to me;
listen to instruction and learn to be wise.
Happy are those who keep my ways,
who day after day watch at my gates.
For those who find me find life
and win favor from the LORD."

~ Proverbs 8:32-35

So this is the first of a series of Madonnas I am planning on making, so stay tuned for those; I'll be getting them out by Feast Day. ;-) This one is two days late, since the Feast of Our Mother of Good Counsel is on the 26th of April, but oh well. :shrug: I also had my Finals that day, so there's a reason it didn't get done. :XD: This one also took quite a long time to do; for the longest time Mary and Jesus' faces just would not cooperate. I eventually got Mary's face to something I was somewhat happy with, but for Jesus I just ended up using a picture of my niece Gianna for him (at least he looks cute, right?). :XD:

The history behind this particular image can be found here: [link] but I'll give a summarized account. In the little Italian town of Genazzano, there was an old church dedicated to Our Lady of Good Counsel that had fallen into ruins. Around the 1440s, a widow named Petruccia used all of her money to try and restore the church, while the other townspeople scoffed at her for wasting her money on it. Now, one year, on the feast of St. Mark (the 25th of April), the town's patron, they held a faire in his honor in the town square where the church was. Towards evening, a luminous cloud suddenly descended on the church and the picture of Our Lady of Good Counsel appeared on the wall there.

I used this picture as a reference: [link]

I believe this fresco is the original image of Our Lady of Good counsel: [link]

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Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

Most Glorious Virgin, chosen by the Eternal Counsel to be the Mother of the Eternal Word made flesh, thou who art the treasurer of Divine graces, and the advocate of sinners, I, thy most unworthy servant, have recourse to thee; be thou pleased to be my guide and counselor in this vale of tears. Obtain for me through the Most Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, the forgiveness of my sins, the salvation of my soul, and the means necessary to obtain it. In like manner, obtain for Holy Mother the Church victory over her enemies, and the spread of the kingdom of Jesus Christ upon the whole earth. Amen.

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The Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel is April 26th.

Mater Boni Consill ora pro nobis Jesum filium tuum!
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:iconlittlegirlinsmalwrld:
breathtaking! :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
beautiful artwork
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Stunningly beautiful and a visual feast for the eyes! :) WOW!!! LOVE IT!!!

Beautifully drawn and exquisitely coloured, this is AMAZING, SPLENDID, AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL AND VISUALLY STUNNING!!!

AMAZINGLY DONE & EXQUISITELY WELL DONE!!! :)

:+fav:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again, thank you, THANK YOU and THANK YOU! You are so incredibly kind! I'm absolutely flattered. :)
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very, VERY welcome! :)

Awwwwww... thank you! :)

You have AMAZING artwork! :)
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unidentifiedbrandon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
excellent work,
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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FaeTian Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Baby Jesus looks adorable! :love: I am loving the details and colours! (seriously, you must have a ton of patience in order to draw those intricate designs! :XD:) Well done! :clap:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, thank you! :aww: Hopefully I'll be able to keep drawing pictures of cute Baby Jesus. It always boggles my mind when I see Jesus as an ugly baby. o.O
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FaeTian Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I know! I've seen many unflattering pictures of Jesus as a baby. I mean, how hard is it to draw a cute baby? Really? :XD:
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colors, all the gold details, and Jesus- He's so adorable! oh my goodness! :heart:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :dance:
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here4pics Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Amazing artwork! You have some real talent and a clear admiration for our Lady.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :dance:
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Shedara Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have a particular soft spot for Our Lady of Good Counsel, as it's on her Feast day a couple of years ago that I started working in the Convent I work in. (and we have a Sr there whose name in Religion is Consili, and she was so tickled that I started on her FD.) This is beautiful, and I must show it to her at some point, as she loves art...

It's lovely going through your gallery, and seeing how you've developed your skills. Some of your work really reminds me of Sr M. Clare Augustine, one of the original Mercy Sisters, who was an illuminator, and reckoned to be the best in Europe at her time (she was working in the 1830s-50s).

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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's really awesome! Thank you so much for your lovely compliments. :aww:

I just looked her up (having never heard of her before) but I couldn't seem to find too many of her illustrations. Do you know where I could find them?
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Shedara Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know, there's hardly any on the net, which I find really odd - I hadn't realised just how few until just now, when I went looking! The mercyworld.org website's shop used to have better photos - the ones now are tiny, and really don't do the intricacy of her work justice, at all.

[link] is a half decent quality photo and [link] has a selection of paintings by her, and I think the sketch drawings are hers too. She's quite unusual in that one painting will be so traditional for her period in time, and yet the next one will be something that wouldn't be out of place today...

The only other thing I can recommend, is the book of her work Opening our Treasures - it's a small book, but every page is an absolute jewel. I had loan of a copy belonging to my Sponsor, and I keep meaning to get my own copy. it does cost 7euro, and I've no idea what that is in dollars (it's about 5 sterling, which isn't bad for what it is). It's possible that one of the American Mercy Congregations might sell them too...

Sorry to be of such little help! :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for all the links! :aww:
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Shedara Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
my pleasure - and here's another, (but you need flash on your computer to play it)
[link] - it's more the flower side of Sr M.Clare Augustine's work, but it does show her talent! :)
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RussianScimitar Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Nice to see artists who are not calling for dechristianization.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod:
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biedrik Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those borders...wow. I wish I could pull off borders like that in my icons.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww: Borders and details are the most fun for me to do. :D
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mrzany Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, "for the longest time Mary and Jesus' faces just would not cooperate"

Very tender, I like very much!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it! :meow:
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Bnspyrd Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
As a piece of art it is truly beautiful. :+favlove:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most excellent! :D And let me just say that I'm very happy that you used your niece as reference instead of the original fresco...That's one of the worst old-man-baby-Jesuses that I've ever seen. It looks like he's even going bald! :XD:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'aww! Thanks! ^^

HAHAHHAHAHHAHA!!!! :XD: Yes, yes it is, most unfortunately. :XD: It's such a pity that the most beautiful Child Who ever lived is so often drawn...looking like a creepy old man. :XD: I want to see more cute Baby Jesus'! It does help that Gianna is ridiculously cute too. :XD: She sends me into raptures and squeals of joy everytime I see her. SHE'S SO CUTE!!!

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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:

You know, I understand that it's difficult to draw babies, but I don't get why so many people throughout the centuries have (unintentionally, I would guess) depicted Baby Jesus as an old man. Is there some kind of resemblance between the two that I've just never noticed before or what? :confused: :XD:

:) :aww:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's just that babies are REALLY hard to draw... :XD:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never tried drawing them, but I believe it. :D
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VioletParrNarnia Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Beautiful Mary and baby Jesus!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :dance:
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beatifique Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
This is just so beautiful. May is the month of Mary, after all, and how fitting that I would see this now :) Thank you for the prayer! May the good Lord bless you more!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! Yep! :aww: Hopefully I'll get out some more Mary pictures for May, we'll have to see how that goes. :nod:
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leinad56 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Bellisima!!!!
:pray::+fav:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grazie! :hug:
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elfdust Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! The detail is so breathtaking and they are both so beautiful!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Thanks! :hug:
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elfdust Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! It's so beautiful!
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A-Little-Tea-Rat Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
This is very beautiful!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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A-Little-Tea-Rat Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
you're welcome ^-^
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
:heart: 5-1-12 - This piece has been showcased on my profile page as today's daily feature. Thank you for making such great art.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm honored! ^^
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Aodhagain Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really gorgeous. :) I especially like the background and the border. The baby Jesus is just fantastic, he looks great! Mary is good too, especially her hands, but the eyes are just a bit too big. It looks fine when it's smaller. This would be an AWESOME holy card.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :dance:
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