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Friday, August 20, 2021

Sacred Art Artist Spotlight: Michael Corsini




Thanks for joining me here to discover amazing current artists who focus on creating sacred art. 

This week I'm interviewing Michael Corsini. I discovered Michael's art a few years ago through his music and have been inspired by following him on his creative journey. I hope if you don't know of his work that you'll soon be as much of an admirer as I am. Most of all I pray you are blessed and encouraged in your faith by his talent. 

On to the interview!

What is your name and where are you from?

    Michael Corsini Waymart, PA

How did you end up creating sacred art? Did you start out with a desire to do that or were you eventually lead in that direction?

   I was led to create sacred art after I entered the Catholic Church.

What medium/s do you work with?

    Oil mostly, but also acrylics and many drawing mediums... charcoal, pastel, etc...

Do you have a favorite or patron saint? Who inspires your work?

    Francis!

Do you have a favorite historical artist or period?

    JoaquĆ­n Sorolla or John Singer Sargent

It's kind of silly to ask an artist what their favorite color is, but are there colors you are more drawn to?

    Ha! I like greens.

Do you have a website? Can my readers find you on any other social media platform?

michaelcorsini.com

Do you take commissions?

    Occasionally.

Is there a work of art you have created that is your favorite?

   So far, "Mother of Priests"



Is there anything specific I haven't asked that you would like to share about your process or what inspires your work?

   JP2's Letter to Artists, Michael D. O'Brien wrote a letter to artists (for discernment of the vocation).

Copyright Michael Corsini


Tell me which one of Michael's work inspires you the most! I have a hard time choosing between The Nursery of Heaven and The Bride of Christ pictured below. 



Friday, August 13, 2021

Sacred Art Artist Spotlight: Adalee Hude


Thanks for joining me here to discover amazing current artists who focus on creating Sacred Art. 

This week I'm interviewing Adalee Hude. Years ago I had the pleasure of meeting her at a Catholic women's retreat in Bend, OR. I was so inspired and impressed by the beautiful art she displayed at her booth! I have enjoyed following her creative journey over the years and continue to be inspired by the beauty she puts forth into the world. I hope if you don't know of her work that you'll soon be as much of an admirer as I am. Most of all I pray you are blessed and encouraged in your faith by her talent.

On to the interview!

What is your name and where are you from?

    Adalee Hude, Clark County, WA

How did you end up creating sacred art? Did you start out with a desire to do that or were you eventually lead in that direction?

    I had been doing secular art, namely ceramic horse sculpture, professionally for 15 years. It was and intricate art that I enjoyed for a long time, but my interest in it waned over the last few years. I felt called to do art for a higher purpose, and after entering a sacred art contest in 2015, I was hooked. I discussed switching entirely to sacred art with my husband, and he agreed that I should. So in 2016 I started to paint Jesus, the saints, and symbols, and I have not stopped since.

What medium/s do you work with?

    I started out using acrylic and gouache (opaque watercolor), but switched primarily to watercolor and digital art, a couple of years ago. I would love to do some sacred art sculpture, someday.



Do you have a favorite or patron saint? Who inspires your work?

    Gosh, I’m blessed to have many saint friends! St. Catherine of Bologna, the patron saint of artists is my confirmation saint. Our Lady, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Benedict, St. Therese, and many others, remain close to me as I work.

Do you have a favorite historical artist or period?

    My favorite artist is Alphonse Mucha, the father of the Art Nouveau period (turn of the last century). I’m smitten with art from that era, from poster art to Arts & Crafts. I’m also a huge fan of medieval art, and have studied it a little.

It's kind of silly to ask an artist what their favorite color is, but are there colors you are more drawn to?

    Yes- bright colors! I never realized how much I loved bright colors until I changed my studio name along with my surname after getting married. I went from Velasquez Artistry to Brightly Hude Studio, and embraced all things bright. I particularly like shades of green, sunny yellow, and blues.

Do you have a website? Can my readers find you on any other social media platform?

My website is brightlyhude.com or brightandholy.com There is a Catholic Children’s book blog on my website (Bright and Holy Kids), and I am on Pinterest (brightlyhude). 

*If you would like to shop for some beautiful sacred art from Adalee she has so kindly given a 10% discount code just for you! Use the code BRIGHT10 at check out. 

Do you take commissions?

    I do not take commissions right now; my plate is too full!

Is there a work of art you have created that is your favorite?

    Hmm… I think my favorite work so far is my Divine Mercy painting that I did years ago. I would like to re-paint it someday!

Is there anything specific I haven't asked that you would like to share about your process or what inspires your work?

    The Holy Spirit definitely inspires my work! I am so grateful for His guidance. He has led me to do illustrations for Catholic children’s books, and I’m loving it!

Tell me which one of Adalee's work inspires you the most! I dearly love anything that she creates and used her Catholic clip art that you can find in her shop to make some beautiful signage for my daughter's Frist Holy Communion celebration! 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

A New Marian Planner & Giveaway!


The new school year is just around the corner and I've published a beautiful Marian planner to help you stay organized. Whether you are heading back to school or homeschool, this planner will help you keep your plans together. It's a blank bullet journal style planner with a calendar section and 300 blank bullet journal pages. There is a cut out tabs page to help you organize the planner. The Immaculate Heart of Mary adorns some pages and also a floral Auspice Maria embellishment, but other than those items and the beautiful cover the journal is a blank canvas for you to fill. 

There's a printable PDF version available for you if you'd rather print out pages and make your own  planner in a three ring binder or with another binding method. The PDF version offers more than bullet journal pages!

Sharing this planner with you in a giveaway gives me a lot of joy. I was so excited to put this planner  together and hope that it's something that is helpful for you. The giveaway will end August 15th. Anyone can enter, but if you are outside the USA we can't ship a planner and only a PDF will be given. One winner within the United States will receive both a printed planner and a printable PDF. Enter the give away through the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

What are some things you find helpful to stay organized and inspired throughout the year? 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

FREE Scripture Coloring Valentines


34 I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. 35 This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35 


I think this verse is simply beautiful and exactly what I want to be focused on every day and not just on a day like Valentine's Day. 

Do you like to make your own Valentines or buy a card? 


I've made some cute printable coloring Valentine cards for you to use! I hope you'll enjoy sprinkling around the love Christ calls us to. 

Just save the image below and then you can print it out. I would recommend printing it on card stock. Cut the paper across in half, color and then fold. The inside will be blank so you can write in your own special note. 
If you love these simple notes as much as I do, maybe you'll want to color a full page just to put up on the wall. You can save the images below and then print them out. 





Monday, February 10, 2020

The Jesus Tree and Other Awesome Lenten Resources

 


I can't tell you how excited I was to find this simple Jesus Tree Family Lent Devotional from Elizabeth Clare in the Lent 2020 Catholic Mom Bundle . I have been looking for something just like this to do with my family through Lent. It's simple. All I needed to do was print and go. I did something with it that wasn't mentioned, but it will make it so much easier for me to implement this come Ash Wednesday.



I cut the little reading guide strips out and placed them all in our Bible so it's ready to go each day of  Lent! If I do nothing else with my family this Lent, I will feel like we at least journeyed with Jesus.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Light of Heaven Coloring Party and Book Release


These beautiful new books are almost out just in time to help you celebrate All Saints Day!


If you haven't ordered your copy of the new Light of Heaven: A Children's Book of Saints from Adalee Hude published by OSV , I urge you to do so and then join in the coloring party. The book and matching coloring book will be released October 11th but are available to pre order right now! After your purchase, you'll be able to download the coloring party PDF package and join in the coloring contest ending Oct 7th. If contests are not you thing, simply use the beautiful coloring pages and little litany of saints for a group study/reflection with kids or adults (there's a coloring party pack for both).

In her  Instagram stories, Adalee will be doing a live coloring party on October 4th, from 5:30-6:30 PST (8:30-9:30 EST). Click on her face to join in.

About the Light of Heaven Picture Book:
The “Light of Heaven” children’s book is a beautiful way to teach your children or grandchildren about our heavenly friends and helpers, the saints.  Bright and colorful images will delight their eyes while short synopses on each saint provide inspiring glimpses into those holy lives. Each saint image has a Latin word that corresponds to an aspect of their personality, with the word translated on the opposite page.  It’s a little Latin lesson!
 
About the Light of Heaven Coloring Book:
Anyone who loves the saints, and loves to color would benefit from the “Light of Heaven” coloring book.  The “Light of Heaven” coloring book is quite versatile- you can use it to color with your kids, and talk to them about the saints, or you can grab a few girlfriends, get out your “nice” set of pencils, and make an evening of it!  Whoever does the coloring will appreciate the bold lines, nice paper, and smiling saint faces found in this book.  Be they 4 or 94, this coloring book is friendly to friends of God!


Here's a peak at our coloring party creations! 

The toddler and I had a marvelous time coloring today while the big girls were busy with school. He loves St. Micheal and was so excited to color the page depicting this archangel! He'll be three in October. 

What I love about these books: 

I've always been drawn to beautiful things, especially books! I love Adalee's style and can't wait to get a hard copy of her picture book to read with my children. They are very aware of beauty and often exclaim to me how wonderful or particularly gorgeous something is. I know this book will be a treasure in our library to inspire them to lift their hearts to God and ponder His goodness. I am impressed that the Light of Heaven book has a matching coloring book to go along with it. We love to color together and it's one of the main ways we celebrate feast days along with a special tea. This will certainly add richness to the way we celebrate and study the saints. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Coffee & Crayons: FREE St. Padre Pio Quote Coloring Page


St. Padre Pio is one of my all time favorite patrons! I love to ask his intercession before I go into
confession. Did you know what an amazing confessor he was?

Resources I love: 

Books 

Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book 1
Padre Pio: Man of Hope
There is a short little book I read years ago about his life that inspired me, it was written from a perspective of letters written to and from him. I can't for the life of me remember the title or author. If you know which book I am talking about please leave a comment!

Movie 

Padre Pio Miracle Man: Sergio Castellitto, Carlo Carlei ( If you have access to FORMED, I remember it being on there Otherwise you can find it on Amazon. )

Blog Posts





The Free Coloring Page: 

I love to color as part of my reflective prayer time. The saint and scripture quotes I make coloring pages for hopefully will help you reflect and ponder the goodness of God.
The popular quote of St. Padre Pio "Pray, hope, and don't worry" is comforting. There is so much in this life to get worked up and worried about. Sometimes we need a little reminder that in our prayers
we must surrender that "worry" part over and have hope in God's love for us.

Simply save the image below and then you can print it out.

My passion is creating. Some of my creations are available printed on a variety of things over at
Zazzle. You can even get the quote above printed on a mug or rosary holder with beautiful watercolor flowers.