Saturday, June 18, 2011

Queen of Heaven

Queen of Heaven -  The Immaculate Conception

It has been a while since I have been visible!  That is because I have been on a pilgrimage in the South of France!  I have returned with so much to integrate that I could only sit around and do nothing!  Now things seem to start to shift and change and I have been starting to put into art pieces a small piece of what I lived!  I have not even downloaded the many many photographs that I took, but I will share some of the places and pictures with you over the next few weeks.

I visited St Maximin de la St Baume and started the Mary Magdalene pilgrimage here;  from there I travelled to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer for the Gypsy festival and the Saint Sara feast days and from there, Lourdes!  All of these contained many special moments and wonderful impressions and energy, but nothing surpasses Lourdes.  I have been without words since I have returned.  How on earth does one explain That Which Is Present at Lourdes?  I do not know yet.  But the Divine Presence has once again completely re-arranged my inner world!

My shop on Etsy has also been quiet  as I have been storing up my vignettes and shadow boxes for KamersvolGeskenke.  Have a look at  It was a tough screen process of nearly 700 applications and only 180 were chosen and I am one of the fortunate ones to have been chosen to participate this year.

Today I added this beautiful box for sale on my Etsy shop  It is from my new Lourdes series and it is entitled Queen of Heaven - vignette of The Immaculate Conception.

All my work is now catalogued into series and number and a label with the information is displayed on the back.  Each piece comes with its own story on a scroll that accompanies the art work.  In some cases the story is displayed on the back of the shadow box.

This box is lined with pages from a vintage French novel as well as the sheet music of 'Heaven'. The statue of Mary is a replica of the statue at Lourdes : "I am the Immaculate Conception' - the name that She revealed to Bernadette, the shepherdess whom saw Her in the apparition of brilliance and Light. The tiny kneeling saint doll holds a miniature wooden rosary with an image of Saint Bernadette on. You may know that one of the instructions of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette was that people are to approach this sacred place of healing water, on their knees.

In the background is a handmade tarot card of The Sun Card no 19, with a miniature golden statue of The Madonna. Two other images are in the box, depicting the Virgin as the Sun.

The box stands on four round feet filled with wooden rosary beads and a blue rose, the symbol of the Madonna. The box is framed with gold chandelier beads and gold tassels. One gold chandelier bead is hanging from Mary's hands, depicting the Grace that flows forth from Her.

The crown on top is a wooden crown covered in pure gold leaf.

Each work of art is numbered and labeled. The label is displayed on the back with the details of the name of the series and the art piece's name.

Artist Article no 004


  1. This is so beautiful Hettienne, so much detail and meaning. Its beauty and holiness is so very apparent. You have been deeply touched by your trip. I will go and check out that website to you dear one.

  2. oh this shrine is quite stunning lovely. i can see how visiting Lourdes has inspired you. i look forward to seeing more pictures of your pilgrimage and hearing more about how it has inspired you and your art.


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