Madonna in Blue
Story book Madonna, fair-haired with peachy skin and cloaked in fine blue linen to match her sparkling eyes, all illuminated by the gold of her halo.
I paint a brown-skinned Mary with black hair, oiled and glossy, her peasant’s hands calloused from work. The loose-fitting dress of light brown homespun wool, dusty from carrying water over rough ground, is now tucked up into her embroidered belt while she sweeps the wood shavings from the workshop floor. Her only gold is that of her dowry, rings in ears and nose.
My Madonna’s eyes are deep, dark and brown.