A Paschal candle

Christ is Risen! Below are some photographs of the Paschal candle I designed and painted for St. Francis of Assisi church, FSSP, in Lincoln, NE. The eagle is symbolic of the Resurrection. The knotwork seen on the front of the candle continues around the back, forming long panels. I learned this method of knotwork from Aidan Meehan's book, A Celtic Design Book. Happy Easter to you all. ~elizabeth


The Visitation - Tile Mural

"The overture is about to start.  You cross your fingers & hold your heart..."
The printed porcelain tiles are on their way from the workshop!!!  This is for an installation out in front of Church of the Visitacion, San Francisco (ETA, one week+)

Here is the original work of art (Charcoal and acrylic on paper), followed by a photo of the tiles, then the explanation written for the parish.


Samples for a book in progress

  It is helpful for me to seek out real settings and real people (even if some are found online) for this project, where we walk alongside a pastoral vicar for four months.  The church is actually a Lutheran one, with some modifications.  The windows' designs will be all my own, as the actual ones are mostly abstract & clear.  Ink, acrylic, pencil and crayon.


St. Ignatius Standing

"St. Ignatius Standing"  ink & acrylic on cork.  4-2015



Let me finally introduce myself!  My name is Adalee Hude of Brightly Hude Studio.  I've been reading this blog for a little while now, and there has been so much to admire!  It is always a joy to visit and see all of the wonderful works y'all have done.  I'm primarily a horse sculptor, but after entering the Apocalypse Prize contest the other year, I was really inspired to start doing sacred paintings.  I painted a few saints last year, and I just finished a painting of the Divine Mercy.  My pastor also commissioned me to paint the Paschal Candle for our parish this year.  I thought I'd share the latter two things; the others can be found on my website at: http://www.brightlyhude.com/art.html.




I'm happy to be part of the group, and I look forward to doing more!  I'm still trying to find my 'groove,' so to speak, so I welcome any feedback.  I find people much harder than horses!




Feedback wanted on sample back cover

Looking for feedback on this book cover. It's a bit standard but I'm modeling it off of the other books in the series. What do you think?  Not quite certain if it works.



Fr. Dom celebrating mass.  For a book project in the works.


African American Youth Bible and Cover for Catholic Digest

Back in 2012 I worked with St. Mary's Press and the National Black Catholic Congress to illustrate a Bible for African American youth.  It was quite a challenge since there were over a hundred illustrations and it took a few months to complete.  The goal was to illustrate a selected passage and some had to be done in a more abstract way, depending on if the image would be of an event described or more from a spiritual reflection.  The sepia tones were added later by the publisher, and I think they really help the images.  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to work on this.

Also I meant to post this piece around Epiphany but had too much going on and missed my opportunity.  Admittedly it feels a little awkward placing it here during Lent!  This was for the Christmas cover of Catholic Digest - oil on board.


The Cross of Victory

An experiment with media that's new to me, Posca paint pens, water based paint that comes in marker-like "pens." The palette of colors is limited and the colors are bright, but it gives an interesting, graphic, almost "pop" feel to the art. The cross measures 40" X 29"
Jesus is shown alive and crowned as a king, His arms open in welcome, offering this victory to all. On the left, the figure of life gestures towards Him while on the right the figure of death with a broken staff (in this case a nod to the western symbol of a scythe) is turned away. At the foot of the cross is the devil, broken and defeated.
The inscription is from Theodore of Studios,
"This is the tree on which Christ, like a king on a chariot, destroyed the devil, the lord of death, and freed the human race from tyranny."


Drawing Inspiration from Hymnography

+JMJ+ Dear friends! I recently finished an icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos, and wanted to share it with you. Rather than explain the symbolism of this icon using my own words, I will use the words of ancient hymns from the Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic churches.
At the base of the icon, the Holy Mother of God, or "Theotokos," is pictured in her “kimisis,” Greek for “falling asleep.” The eye is led downward, following the curve of apostles’ posture as they lean deeply over her. One hears of the presence of the Apostles via music in the Doxastichion for the Matins of the Dormition:
At your deathless Falling Asleep, O Theotokos, Mother of Life, clouds caught the Apostles up into the air, and though they were dispersed throughout the world, they were brought into a single choir beside your most pure body. As they reverently buried you, they cried out, singing Gabriel’s words: “Rejoice, O full of grace, Virgin Mother without bridegroom, the Lord is with you.” With them implore Him, as your Son and our God, that our souls may be saved.
Amongst the apostles is St. Paul, on the right side, and across from him is St. Peter, incensing the Holy Theotokos. At Matins, this is sung in the Stichera:
When the Translation of your immaculate body was being prepared, the Apostles surrounded your deathbed and looked on you with trembling. They gazed at your body and were seized with awe, while Peter cried out to you with tears, “O Virgin, I see you, who are the life of all, lying here out-stretched, and I am struck with wonder; for the Delight of the life to come made His dwelling in you. But fervently implore your Son and God, O immaculate Lady, that your people may be kept safe from harm.
Above the apostles are two Bishops. Traditionally, one is St. James, the first Bishop of Jerusalem. The other is Dionysius, the first Bishop of Athens. Pictured together, these Bishops represent, respectively, the Jews and the Greeks, whom Christ encompassed in His work of salvation. At Vespers, this is sung in the Doxastichion:
At your departing, O Virgin Theotokos, to Him who was ineffably born of you, James, the first bishop and brother of the Lord was there, and so was Peter, the most honored pinnacle of the theologians, and the whole sacred choir of the Apostles. …And they rejoiced, O all-praised Virgin, as they buried your body, the source of Life, which had received God. On high the all holy and most venerable angelic Powers in amazement at the wonder, bowed and said to one another, “Lift up your gates, and receive her who bore the Creator of heaven and earth!” So we too celebrate your memory and cry out to you, all praised Lady: Raise up the horn of Christians, and save our souls!
The two figures clad in white are angels. In the Hymn to the Theotokos, it is sung thus:
The Angels, as they looked upon the Dormition of the Virgin, were struck with wonder, seeing how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven. The limits of nature are overcome in you, O Pure Virgin; for birthgiving remains virginal, and life is united to death, a virgin after child bearing and alive after death, you ever save your inheritance, O Theotokos.
There are two more figures, slightly hidden on the extreme edges next to the two Bishops. These are the holy women of the Church. Herein, we contemplate the Holy Theotokos surrounded by the entire body of the Church. These women are sung of in the third Stasis of the Lamentations of the Theotokos:
The women high in honour, along with the Apostles, are crying out and weeping.
Moving our eyes then to the center of the icon, we find two things happening simultaneously, below and above. Below, we see our Lady on what appears to be her deathbed, illuminated by the markings of a funeral: a lit candle. The Lamentations of the Theotokos (sung to same melodies as the Lamentations of Holy Friday, interestingly enough!) illustrate this "kimisis" of Mary with great beauty and poetry:
Down into the earth thou, the Lord’s unplanted land, doth today descend. Out of thee hath sprung forth the Grain of Life, and unto the Land of Heaven thou dost now arise. O Mother of the Light! Today the natural sun, which once beheld the setting of the Sun of Righteousness, beholds Thee, O Virgin, as the setting of the moon.
Above the Theotokos in her kimisis, we find Christ depicted in glory, holding what appears to be a child wrapped in linen. This child symbolizes the soul of the holy Theotokos. We discover that this icon isn't just about Mary on her deathbed. Rather, Christ is taking her into heaven, which is symbolized by the almond-shaped arch, heavily populated with seraphim and cherubim. In the iconographic Canon of Color, green, blue, and purple symbolize the heavenly realm (more specifically, purple symbolizes God the Father, indigo symbolizes Christ the Son, and Turquoise-Green symbolizes the Holy Spirit), and thus our Lady is being enveloped into glory of the Holy Trinity in heaven, held in the arms of her savior, Jesus Christ. It is important to study the posture of Christ holding her soul in His arms, because there is a role reversal. In the icon of the incarnation, Christ is enthroned in the arms of the Virgin Mary, whereas in the Dormition, Mary the “throne” of Christ is held in the arms of Christ Himself. The incredible paradox of this reversal is best illuminated in the second Stasis of the Lamentations of the Theotokos:
All the Angelic Hosts stood and marvelled when they beheld Christ God, the Unapproachable, approaching as a Son to give honour to His Mother. Angels shook with fear to behold their God again descending; with His Mother’s soul carried in His hands, He arose again in glory most divine.
This theme also appears in the Kontakion of the Dormition:
Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of Life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.
At the highest point of the icon, the seraphim adorn the mandorla symbolizing the gate of heaven, as sung in the Lamentations of the Theotokos:
Standing face-to-face in the place where the Seraphim cover their faces, thou beholdest the Trinity that is God one in essence, which nothing can divide
Thank you for taking the time to read this! I pray that you find the same inspiration from the great tradition of hymnography. Materials used: homemade egg tempera and 24k gold leaf on poplar wood panel. Sketch based upon the Icon of the Dormition by Master Iconographer Vladislav Andrejev.


Our Lady and the Samurai

Recently completed private commission, a samurai kneels before Our Lady.


angelus 22.02.15

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