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My Christmas card picture for this year. It's my first approach to an idea I've had for years, and I want to do more with. I also entered it in a magazine contest, but it didn't win. I'm not even sure it got properly submitted, since something was wrong with the email address they said to send it to. :shrug:

Since I did this all early for the contest, I was thinking, "Okay now that my Card image is out of the way, I'll have plenty of time for Christmas fanart!" But then, I had to decide to do a coloring book. Of the whole. liturgical. calender. :dead: So yeah.

I can't believe it's already so close to Christmas! Merry merry! :xmas:
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lexxi185 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Love  Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.  Nod 
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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hno3burns Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
I have actually meditated on the connection between the nativity and the Mass many times. So glad someone finally put it into picture form!
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Uh huh, the connection is quite--having trouble putting it into words--radiant, so I've wanted to portray it for a long time. Thank you very much!
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tozhma Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this has a lot of good shapes in it. I mean the symmetry is on point and the framing is cool, but even little touches like those twisting bits at the base of the cradle are cool too. Good job.
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Artemis-s-Bow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

That's marvelous! The best religious painting I've ever seen! Please, may I use this painting as my E&RE nb design? Pretty please?:prettyplease: - NaNoEmo 5/30  Pleeeeeease?  Lily Pleeeeease 

 

P.S. E&RE means Ethics & Religious Education.

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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! As long as no money will be made from it and you're not distributing copies, you can use it. (And if there's opportunity, let folks know who did it! ~_^ )
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Artemis-s-Bow Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! I'd be honoured to!So happy 
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rosenknight Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Sad. . . I actually entered something into a Christmas Contest too, but I realized later that my email never went through >_< It was a sad realization...

Ahh, but this is a really pretty picture in its own right. I really love the crown of stars!! As most of the others seemingly did as well from the comments, haha :) The other details I really like is the texture of the manger/stable, and the depth of the faces. The image itself is just really well composed :) Nice work!!
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And someone else I know had trouble with the same contest I tried to enter! Seems they didn't go well in general. :ohnoes:

Thank you! Since I realized water ripples go in a curved grid I've been seeing them in more and more things, and I think they might be part of the fabric of the universe, so it seemed fitting. :glomp:
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rosenknight Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
what a pretty thought!!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AGH. I loved this when I first saw it in my inbox, and I loved even more on further inspection. :D I know probably everyone has said this, but I really, REALLY love that star halo thing that you did. :D And the little Eucharistic lamp on the side that let's you know that Jesus is "at home", and the face that the manger looks like an altar, and the little drip of blood on the blanket and event he fact that the priest is faceless and generic and yet "is" Jesus because Jesus is held right up in front of him and he takes on Jesus. And all the rest of the ridiculously awesome Eucharistic symbolism that you did. ;)
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Yes, that's just it! :dance: I try to make every picture I draw with Christ somehow Eucharistic, and this is, I think, one of my strongest ideas for that. Thanks thanks! :la:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very, very welcome! :aww: Happy New Year! :glomp: :hug:
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hamundr24 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Writer
When the angels had left them, and gone back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Come, let us make our way to Bethlehem, and see for ourselves this happening which God has made known to us. 16 And so they went with all haste, and found Mary and Joseph there, with the child lying in the manger. 17 On seeing him, they discovered the truth of what had been told them about this child.

Luke 2:14-17 Knox :)
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww:
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QuorraBrittany28 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
That is an awesome piece
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. ^^
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ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
welcome
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SuperheroGeek13 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! Simply gorgeous. :aww:
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Cecilia37 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
A wonderful concept and beautifully executed!
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful!

Merry Christmas!
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Merry Christmas!
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v242 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I like it ... especially the cobalt blue stars arranged in a halo-esque shape around the infant Jesus' head.

Very cool.

I'd like to see you expand on just that portion of the image in a future piece of artwork, as I think it has a lot of visual appeal (i.e. focus on a solo image of Jesus with the blue stars behind him).

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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Hmm, maybe someday. I've thought of doing something similar for Creator of the Stars of Night.
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v242 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Cool.

Would be interesting to see what you come up with. :nod:
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