“Merciful Mother” by Shay Wiessler Sanchez

Merciful Mother

Much time has elapsed since I have posted to this blog, but a little neglect is definitely not an indicator of a lesser amount of devotion to our most merciful and compassionate Mother.

Continuing health challenges have definitely slowed me down during this past year.  And while I continue to dream of creative endeavors and ambitious projects, they just don’t seem to come to fruition–at least not in my desired timeframe.

Such is the cosmos–creation is made manifest in its right time.

I’d like to share my most recent creation with you entitled Merciful Mother.

I’ve also been a little busy in other areas, and some of my more recent artistic creations are available in my Zazzle store called, MadeUp. I donate five percent of the proceeds to the progressive and innovative Alliance for Lupus Research, and know that anything else will support me with my ever-growing healthcare costs.

Thank you and many blessings to you.

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Elsewhere on the Web

I was just surfing the web for others that are either working with Marian Devotional art, or are just producing Marian art as a part of their profession, etc.

Mary Tat

Nice Work!

Of course there’s tons of beautiful work out there, but here are a couple of examples that I came across. The style and medium are of great contrast from each other, which I enjoy.

This site features some awesome Virgin Mary tats. Now that’s what I call Devotion.

This individual’s work exhibits a more “folky” style, but the work is quite pleasing and embodies a  compassionate and devotional spirit.

If you, or someone you know are actively producing work and contributing to the great body of work known as Marian Devotional Art, shoot me an email, I’d love to feature it here.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Immaculate Heart of Mary reflects the interior life of Mary. It is a symbol that communicates her joys, her sorrows, and her love and compassion for humanity and love for her son Jesus Christ.

By showing our devotion to her Immaculate Heart, we hope to embody the love and compassion that she holds in her heart for all of humanity.

Heart of Compassion

Artist: Shay Wiessler Sanchez : 2.2011

Traditionally the Immaculate Heart may be represented with seven swords or wounds, but may also be encircled with White Roses as well.

This is my interpretation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

If anyone one else has additional information regarding both the representation and/or interpretation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I welcome your input. I am just one person beginning and learning to walk this path, and a little guidance is always helpful.

Other images that may be of interest.

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A Little Marian Devotional Art

Some of you may be wondering why I’ve taken a specific interest in Marian Devotional  culture.  Well, I was raised Catholic and Mary has always held a special place in my heart, especially during my childhood.

Mother Mary

Shay Wiessler Sanchez . 2.2011


But, if you’ve read my “about me” page, you’ll also learn that I’m currently fighting an  autoimmune disease  known as vasculitis. Vasculitis  is very rare,  attacks your arteries,  can be difficult to treat, and is potentially life-threatening. This happens to be the situation that I find myself in right now. So, I am asking for a little divine intercession.

Aside from everyday prayers, reciting the rosary when I can, I’m also dedicating myself to revisit my arts past and create “art”  in honor of our Mother Mary. I have limited art supplies, several physical limitations, and am, ooooh so rusty, but I’m going to do my best.

This is a little piece I recently completed with markers and colored pencils. Hope you enjoy it.

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What is Marian Devotion?

“A Marian devotion is a gift (total or partial) of oneself, or one’s activities to the Virgin Mary.”– via Wikipedia.

What really intrigues me about Marian devotion is that  it’s not limited to prayers, rituals and/or acts of, absolute self-sacrifice. In fact, an  entire body of art and culture has blossomed  through Marian devotion to celebrate and honor our Mother  Mary, and sometimes these cultural expressions  are used to request divine intercession in times of illness and suffering.

The full spectrum of arts and crafts is explored and venerated  as an honest act of devotion. From classical antiphons to traditional quilting, Marian devotion has created a rich and vibrant culture all on its own. One definitely worth exploring.

Speaking of culture…. let’s put a little musica on the subject…. here’s just one example of a familiar Marian Hymnal– Ave Maria. Enjoy.

Do you  have any personal favorites from any musical genre? Have you ever created your own music as an expression of Marian Devotion? If so, we’d love to  hear them or learn more about Marian music in general. Please  share with us.

For a very in-depth exploration into traditional Marian Music, visit the Marian Music Archive.

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Hail, Holy Queen!

Our Lady of San Juan de Lagos

Our Lady of San Juan de Lagos

To Our Lady, the Mother of God, who continually watches over us with infinite Love, Wisdom and Compassion.

She is with us now and in the hours of our need.

Teach me, guide me to walk with your grace.

The story of Our Lady of San Juan de Lagos

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