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Niche for Mary at St. Luke’s

        Though out of order, due to my inexperience, here are a selection of photos from the recently finished trompe l’oeil niches at St. Luke’s in Raleigh, dedicated to the memory of Monsignor Tim O’Connor.

Arch begun

Arch begun

Right Rosette, close-up. My hope was to reproduce a slightly Midieval, faux-marbre representation of the flower that is associated with the Blessed Mother, and give it the correct shading to make it look somewhat three-dimensional on a flat wall.

Right Rosette, close-up. My hope was to reproduce a slightly Medieval, faux-marbre representation of the flower that is associated with the Blessed Mother, and give it the correct shading to make it look somewhat three-dimensional on a flat wall.

The base moulding pediment stone of Mary's niche is inscibed with an interwoven monogram of Monsignor Tim's initials, as I believed them to be, as a personal dedication to him and his patronage.

The base moulding pediment stone of Mary’s niche is inscibed with an interwoven monogram of Monsignor Tim’s initials, as I believed them to be, as a personal dedication to him and his patronage.

close-up of faux marbre work and shadowing

close-up of faux marbre work and shadowing

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The blue is a blend of three colors: Cerulean, Ultramarine and Cobalt, and I added it to the original wall paint to get it to recede and to establish the light spots

The blue is a blend of three colors: Cerulean, Ultramarine and Cobalt, and I added it to the original wall paint to get it to recede and to establish the light spots

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Arch complete, now the Rosettes

Arch complete, now the Rosettes

Murals for Monsignor Tim

     I have had the great fortune to have been introduced to Monsignor Tim O’Connor of St. Luke’s Church by Ellie Denecke, and thanks to them had been commissioned to paint these trompe l’oeil niches for the statues in that Church. Sadly, the good Monsignor passed away just before he got to see the final product. I have dedicated the work to him and his memory, in gratitude for his patronage and kindness. While I know his physical eyes did not get to see the finished work, the eyes of his spirit are looking on, and, I hope, are satisfied.

     He was often with me during the last weeks of his life, watching the work progress, asking questions, making comments, sometimes just sitting quietly. I am glad to have been there when he came to see St. Luke’s niche as it was finished, and he expressed great joy at what he saw. I am just so sorry that I could not finish Mary’s niche sooner for him to have been able to see it too. Nonetheless, his love for art and beauty lives on in so many additions to his Parish, of which mine are but two, and while he will be greatly missed, he will be long remembered, as his touch is to be seen all around.

     Requiescat in Pace, Monsignor. MNJ

Niche for St. Luke with 'windows'

Niche for St. Luke with ‘windows’

 

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Center view of niche

Close-up of right window showing perspective

Close-up of right window showing perspective

Beauty amidst the Ravages

A group of Daylilies, blooming despite the tempuratures, or because of them!

The amiable daylily, looking like it was carved out of Inca Gold….

The Pink Plume Flower, Justicia Carnea, is a summer stunner, looking its best as the heat comes on. These are cuttings from last year, from plants I have propagated since 1994.