Virgin Mary and Christ Child - live painting

"The Virgin Mary and Christ" -- by Richard Fudge 2009
Painted live at Resurrection Catholic Church in Memphis, TN

I got quite a few questions regarding the faces. "Is the painting done?" Was the primary question. Yes, the painting is finished. I purposely made the faces blank. First, we dont know how Mary looked exactly. Second, I think its important that the view be allowed to project the faces and features of this piece. Each of us will have a different picture in our mind of Mary. Also, if the faces are blank, it allows the painting to have more expression. You can see what you need to see. Do you need comfort? Then maybe her expression is compassionate to you.

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