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Chinese Madonna by GloriaDei Chinese Madonna by GloriaDei
This is my avatar portrait: a small watercolor painting I did some years ago. The original is in my sister's Chinese-themed room. This scan is kind of poor quality because I didn't remember to scan it until after I'd had it professionally framed...so I scanned it through the glass.

Watercolor on warm-press paper (I think).

Edit: updated scan with mat edges removed.
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DCJBeers Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
My Grandparents had an 8 X10 of this mounted on wood and made in China. Our next door neighbor (who escaped China) went to China in the early 70's and brought it back. 
I'm glad to see this because my uncle, who was not a nice person, had taken it down off the wall and them gotten ride of it so no one in the family could have it.

You have done such a beautiful job!:) (Smile) :happybounce: 
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NowitzkiTramonto Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! :)
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is very beautifully illustrated and painted. WOW.
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MukilteoCasualtie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Very interesting and original!
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I plan to draw a Japanese madonna sometime this year.
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MukilteoCasualtie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Wow, that's great!
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deng-li-xin32 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Beautiful! It really does look very Chinese! I find it beautiful how Jesus came for all people and all cultures - I really love "contextualised" images of Him. Do you know about the Jesus Mafa picture series? It's a series depicting Jesus as an African. [link]

And a Chinese-themed room sounds like a nice idea! :)
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment--I think the reference image comes from a traditional Chinese depiction of Our Lady, since Google search turns up statues and holy cards with the same garments and general design.
The concept of making images of Christ and His Mother as being of different races/cultures, is the same concept as the Incarnation itself--God becoming like us to be better understood by us.

And my sister's room was very nifty, with three walls painted gold and one painted red, and everything Asian you could think of for decor.
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XLordAndyX Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Student General Artist
I really love her!
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alcuin18 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
I love this. It really evidences the power of Catholicism to sanctify other cultures. Great work. :)
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, and I totally agree with you.
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alcuin18 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
:D
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That's very interesting!
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for looking!
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's a pleasure.
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violetseptember Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
That is so awesome. I've always thought it would be great to make a series of Mary as different ethnicities...
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree! I plan to make a Japanese Madonna and Child with cherry blossoms eventually.
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violetseptember Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
ooooOOOOOoooo that'll be nice XD
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lizamuchiha Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
YOU ARE TALENTED !!! :love:
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly.
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lizamuchiha Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
You are welcome :D
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kaourika Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
This is soooo pretty. I love it. The details on the outfits are wonderful. :heart:
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. My reference was a holy card (about 1 3/4" by 3") that I'd found in a book somewhere. I had never seen anything quite like it, and copied it as faithfully as I could. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Dragon77123 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, beautiful!! :love:
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Dragon77123 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem ^^
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RayofSemi-HollyLight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Very cool!
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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