Posture and hand positions can add to our conversations with God and put us in a reverent state of mind. We lift our open hands to praise or make an offering to God. We fold our hands to pray. We raise our hands over someone to bless them. Through this painting, I wanted to portray someone deep in prayer by showing only their hands. The intertwined rosary shows desperation, that this person is truly wrapped up in their prayer and in need of Mary's intercession.
When I look at this painting, it is my daily reminder to pray the rosary. It is the most powerful weapon against anything I am facing. The word "rosary" means "Crown of Roses." As we give Mary a rose with each Hail Mary, she joins her prayer to ours, making it so much more powerful as Jesus never says no to whatever His Mother asks for.
This 8"x10" paper print is the newest addition to my shop and a great way to show love to a friend who has experienced a miscarriage. If you think this will touch someone, head over to my Etsy shop or share this link to let them know you're thinking of them.
I'm excited to reveal my finished painting of Mary:
After a season of growing closer to Mary, I had a strong urge to paint her portrait. She was always on my mind, so it was just a matter of time before she overflowed into my art.
While I appreciate the variety of Mary's roles, including a warrior who crushes the head of Satan, in this particular season I found myself drawn towards her comfort, tenderness, and protection as a Mother. Consequently, I chose to portray her as a new mom. Looking at this painting has been my daily reminder that she is praying for and protecting not only me, but the whole world.
I believe in the powerful influence of sacred art during prayer to keep your thoughts focused, inspire deeper reflection, and provoke new conversations with God. If this painting can do that for just one person, I would consider it a success.
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A sonogram painting is a positive way to remember our babies awaiting us in Heaven. These paintings provide healing and peace as they celebrate the impact these little lives have on our hearts.
This first painting is a portrait of an early miscarriage.
The second painting shows 9 miscarriages a mother had.
Usually I use the actual sonogram photo for the painting, which is so special because it may be the only photo that exists of that child. However, sometimes parents do not have a sonogram picture, especially if the miscarriage happened early in the pregnancy. In those cases, I have used generic sonograms to represent those sweet babies.
A few of the sonogram commission paintings I did as Christmas gifts this year. Such a fun, creative, unique gift idea!
I've had so much fun selling my pro-life stickers, I designed a second style! They are weatherproof and dishwasher safe. Perfect for water bottles, laptops, and cars!
These can be purchased on Etsy: click here!
I will be selling my new pro-life t-shirts at the March for Life Expo this year!
The pattern in the letters is made up of original sonogram paintings that I have created over the years! Each painting is colorful, bright and bold.. All of these babies portraits combined in this design show how beautiful life is!
Visit me at the Expo at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown DC.
Expo hours are:
Wednesday, January 22 - 5pm-7pm
Thursday, January 23 - 9am-8pm
Friday, January 24 - 8am-10:30am & 3:30pm-7pm
Shirts will be available on Etsy after the March for Life (while supplies last), so if you are not able to make it to the expo, you can still purchase a shirt at artbycaitlinsolan.etsy.com.
After the horrible massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Bishop of Greensburg (where I grew up) commissioned me to do this painting of a lion and a lamb. I included the stained glass window from the synagogue in the background. The painting was a gift to the synagogue to show the diocese's solidarity with the Jewish community.
As a Catholic artist, I was honored and humbled to create this painting. Pope John Paul II called members of the Jewish faith "our beloved brothers in the faith of Abraham, our Patriarch." Christians and Jews have a special bond, as "we draw our nourishment from the same spiritual roots" (Pope Benedict XVI). I am praying for the Jewish community especially at this time.
"The world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair." (JPII) Art has a powerful way of aiding in healing and I hope my painting does that. It is a symbol of peace, hope, and love against all odds.
I created a pro-life sticker! The design is made up completely of my sonogram paintings. Available on Etsy with free shipping!