Saturday, December 1, 2012

Share a Virgin a Day - day two of this special journey

This is the second day of our pilgrimage
of A Virgin a Day.

I am sharing with you the second shadow box that I made
to capture the essence of my experiences
at both Notre Dame de Paris and
the Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre.

I use different types of wooden deep boxes,
some with custom made frames, others
I assemble from various pieces of containers
and old frames.

A year ago I travelled to Lourdes and the gypsy festival
at Saintes Maries de la Mer.  (you can read about these
on my blog  We travelled
through small lavender fields just starting and also through Toulouse
and Arles (home of Van Gogh) and that particular blue
stayed with me.

So I painted this box that blue and I put a vintage
Toulouse flower seller doll in the box.

These vintage dolls I bought at various flea markets while in

She herself is on her way to the flea markets.  She is carrying her
typical French picnic basket loaded with fromage and baquette
and of course, French wine.  She is also carrying an empty
bird cage as she is intending buying a bird.  There is a huge
market in Paris that sells birds on a Sunday.  

On her way there she will pass the myriad of stalls
that line the banks of the Seine.

I tried to capture that feeling with the many items that I collaged
on the frame of the box.  And infact, some of these items
I did buy at some of those stalls.  Here you can find porcelain,
antiques, books, keys and locks, dolls and plants, amongst other 
collectible things.  

I included a background of the Virgin as Queen 
and another small statue of Notre Dame de Paris.
I painted both the crowns on the Virgin and the Child gold.

In Paris I experienced a city in which a great part of its history
and historical religion reveres the Salve Regina, Hail Holy Queen.
Wherever you look in the landscape, you can see not only the
Eiffel tower that is so famous in the skyline, but also the 
Sacre Coeur with the most beautiful golden statues of the Holy Queen,
and a shrine with probably 30 images of the Virgin,
as well as the Notre Dame, the imposing Cathedral that dominates
the entire island in the centre of Paris - and
I have not even mentioned the
Chapel of the Miraculous Medal!

Hail Holy Queen
may you reign over our hearts
and hands
and may your kindness and compassion
flow through us to every living creature
in this, your kingdom of love.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to
read my words and to gaze upon my imagination.
May we share this dream in peace and joy.

Please visit Rebecca by clicking on the link below
and visit others who are sharing A Virgin a Day.
Maybe you would like to participate?

Please come back tomorrow for another offering.



  1. i feel so fortunate to have been so lovingly slipped into the basket of your young pilgrim; beside the scent of fresh bread, the promise of wine and the sweet journey to the open arms of mary.

  2. Spectacular! There is so much detail to devour with my eyes, I scarcely know where to look.

  3. If I were lucky enough to have visited Paris, my cup would indeed runneth over! So I am thrilled to experience vicariously your journey to these fabulous places in Paris. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Thank you for the journey. This is an awesome piece, beautiful work. Thank you.

  5. Beautiful post to 'Our Lady' ~ and the Sacred Heart ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  6. Amazing work you have done here. It looks like an old Renaissance painting, which I love. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hail Holy Queen
    may you reign over our hearts
    and hands
    and may your kindness and compassion
    flow through us to every living creature
    in this, your kingdom of love.

    I can't explain it, but this brought tears to my eyes....

    Thank you.

  8. A beautiful shrine/shadow box - I love the flower girl and all of the other images. So much to take in!

    I will definitely be back to read your posts about Les Saintes Maries de la Mer festival/homage. Thanks for stopping at my place, too!

  9. Well you certainly captured all of that! Wonderful shadow box! I am traveling with you on my blog although I think I am a day behind.


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