The maternal presence-hope, sorrow, and protection  By May Williams


The maternal presence-hope, sorrow, and protection By May Williams


My name is May Williams. I was born in Blytheville AR. My grandfather was an art and music director at our church and local high school. We moved here in 2006 because my mom wanted to get her degree in library science, my little sister was also very sick and needed treatment that we could not get in Arkansas. My grandfather became catholic in college , so my mom was raised that way, and she raised me that way. My grandfather died before I was born but I remember seeing his paintings around the house as a child. I never really planned to be an artist I just seemed to love it ever sense my mother surrounded me with little water color kits and crayon boxes. I remember in preschool we would compete to see who had the largest collection of crayons! I don't even remember when I started! I have just always seemed to love it. Each new coloring book or kit presented a kind of challenge to help the five year old me to improve. I also have a great love for nature . Animals occupied a large spot in the mind of my younger self. I still use nature as a theme in some of my art. When we came to Louisville, my mom and I were very happy because there were lots of different things and programs that supported young artists. I do not think I will ever stop improving or learning and I am happy about that because in means the journey’s not over!


My art is mostly in pencil it. Is either fantasy or biblical imagery. The title of the collection of Marian images is called Stella Maris. The drawings of Mary are what I wanted to portray hope, sorrow, protection, and her maternal presence. Most of my pieces are created with either chalk pastel, marker, color pencil and pen. For the pastel piece I had to first draw an outline in pencil, then fill it with the chalk pastel and spray it with a concealer. A lot of things that I hear either on the news, or what might be going on around me that make me feel sad, inspire a lot of it. As catholics we believe that Mary intercedes for us as our mother, so I just take the ordeals to her. One of my goals for this particular project is to create a book of drawings with the same idea but different themes. Working on this project did help me refine a lot o detail and to take time to practice. I am very proud of it and it is nice to see how I've grown as an artist. I am finding that the more I practice the more the original idea is portrayed. In the future I might spend more time drawing than painting, not that I do not enjoy painting, but there is something about the results of a drawn picture that feel more fulfilling for me.





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Decode this image


Decode this image


Madonna and Child, about 1500

What’s the backstory?

The early catholic church relied on heavily coated imagery To convey its message. Faithful Christians would have recognized this picture as the Maria Lactans, or lactating Virgin. Mary pulls aside her dress as the infant Christ reaches for her breast to receive the sustenance that she as the embodiment of the church, provides. The Christ child looks directly at us to ensure we get the message. .

When the council of Trent clarified Christian doctrine in 1563, nudity was discouraged in religious art and the image of the nursing virgin fell from favor.