View Full Version : Venerable Mother Catherine

05-14-2007, 06:53 PM
Did this in Painter X in kind of a little slump so I am trying to bring myself out LOL this was done freehand looking at her pic lost some of it especially around the mouth.


A little history of her...
The Venerable Mother Catherine Elizabeth McAuley (1787-1841) was an Irish nun, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831.
A short history...
Catherine McAuley was born in Ireland on September 29, 1787. Her father was a prosperous Catholic gentleman which was unusual at that time for Catholics were not allowed to own property or hold good jobs. Though he died when Catherine was very young, she learned from him great compassion for the troubles of people who are poor. When she inherited a considerable fortune at the age of 48, she chose to use it to build a house where she and other compassionate women could take in homeless women and provide care and an education for them and their children.

She never intended to found a community of religious women. The church (clergy and people) of the time, however, were not supportive of groups of lay women working independently of church structures. Catherine's clerical mentor urged her to form a religious Institute. Catherine and two other women entered the formation program of the Presentation Sisters to formally prepare for life as women religious. At the end of one year they professed vows and returned to the House of Mercy. The Sisters of Mercy consider December 12, 1831 the day of their founding as a religious community.

Catherine lived only ten years as a Sister of Mercy but, in that time, she had established 12 foundations in Ireland and two in England. When she died there were 150 Sisters of Mercy. Shortly thereafter, small groups of sisters left Ireland to establish new foundations on the east and west coasts of the United States, in Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Total worldwide vowed membership is about 10,000. Mercy International Centre in Dublin, Ireland is the international "home" of Sisters of Mercy worldwide.

In 1978, the cause for the beatification of the Servant of God Catherine McAuley was opened by Pope Paul VI, and in 1990, upon recognition of her heroic virtues, Pope John Paul II declared her Venerable. This places her on the path towards possible sainthood.

05-17-2007, 04:50 PM
It's beautiful and peacful.

Thanks for the history.


05-17-2007, 06:59 PM
Thank you Dee! :wave: It was peaceful painting her too. :)

merry mary
05-18-2007, 06:10 PM
Thanks ,you inspired me painting in X..great job! It is difficult doing small details like mouths and eyes with a wacom pen without cloning. Seems easier to do with regular charcoal etc. I am new to painter X and computers since Christmas, but practice daily. Tried the Clone glaze tut in that new corel painter magazine from the U.K. and found it really hard with so many layers and blend modes and tiny details like mouths. Maybe someone knows an easier way w/o cloning to control the pen in small areas. Thanks again. Did you ever read that beautiful letter to artists in 1999 from Pope John Paul II?Peace, m

05-19-2007, 08:24 AM
Thank you Mary and I don't think I read that letter will have to go to the archives and look it up :)

What type of tablet do you have and have you set it to your program? The sensitivity of the tablet should let you paint small details without any problems...of course I am usually painting on something atleast 8X10 inches so it is large enough to do eyes and mouths easily then I copy and resize for posting. :cat: The trick is to paint big then downsize for posting. :wave:

merry mary
05-20-2007, 03:54 PM
Thanks for your tips! I have a small graphire size 4x6 which difficult to work large on screen at same time w/o moving with you so you don't go off tablet..guess i am used to moving whole arm as i paint knocking everything over(ha ha!) will keep practicing! Yes, that letter (Easter) was so beautiful and a cry for artists to keep going. It inspired me to go on with painting even though i couldn't figure out how it could help make a better world. Also, one day an elderly man came to our church as a guest speaker..he was a painter too..so on same wave length, i asked him how i could paint Christian themes ..he said if you are Christian just paint what you love, and that love will show others his love, our Christ!! So, the quest goes on, and i was talking to Poiema on another thread there will be a way to work with art at church. Thanks again..will continue to follow along here..peace,m