This is the finished painting of Our Lady of the Mission.  She is off in the mail, donated to the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco for their You Are Beautiful Exhibition.   Previously I said she was a pay-it -forward project.  This is the story.  Last week just before Christmas my husband was at work at his part time job in a retail store.  A man came in with a wad of cash.  He peeled off a one hundred dollar bill and gave it to my husband, saying God has been good to him and he is passing it on. 

With nothing else really to give as a pay-it-forward,  I painted this Lady and donated it to the Mission Cultural Center for their upcoming show. I recall some of the donated art we got when I worked at a local art center, and since these places were hurt a lot by the economic downturn and the cutting of  government art grants, every penny counts toward keeping these centers open.  Hopefully it will sell, and the Center can keep the profits.  If it does not sell, at least it will be displayed somewhere in the streets of San Francisco after the show, and perhaps someone will benefit from the love that went into painting it.

11x14 acrylic and gold leaf on canvas board
loosely modeled after St. Margaret by Filippino Lippi 1457-1504

Since I brought my art table in from the garage I figured I might as well put it to use so I have made use of the time off work during these holidays to paint a couple of other things. Small things.

Winter Scene
Gouache  4 1/2 x 6

Path through a Garden
Gouache  4 1/2 x 6

My message to you through the rest of this holiday season,
and for always:


  1. Oh she takes my breath away. I love how you did her veil. Most people are good.You both deserve that wonderful mans generosity. Thank you for paying it forward....may it continue around the world.

  2. Wow wonderful job Judie. Who wouldn't love to be able to go around giving people 100 dollar bills! That was so awesome! Glad you can pay it forward with your beautiful art!I am so impressed with the veil...well done!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. Lovely to see you painting again. She ius just beautiful. I love the other pieces you did tool Nice work.

  4. What a beautiful way to pay it forward. I hope it bears great fruit from the cultural center.

    Blessed New Year to you,

  5. Judie your loving heart allowed you to create this beautiful painting of "Our Lady of Mission"
    Yes Annie said it perfectly..may she bear much fruit for the centre.
    Love all that you create.Anna

  6. This is such a wonderful post and really makes you feel what the " Spirit of Christmas " should be. She's Beautiful , Judie !
    Love your winter scene , very serene.

    You're Beautiful Too !

    Blessings , JoyceAnn

  7. She's beautiful! The veil is fantastic and so realistic looking.

    People are good and generous and you're passing it all on to someone else. That's what Christmas is all about.

  8. She is beautiful and so are YOU! Way to pay it forward, Miz Judie. Wishing you many more blessings this New Year~XOXOX

  9. p.s. I am LOVING these gorgeous little paintings of your's! I could snuggle down in that cabin, sigh...


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