A series of illustrations to help explain what Catholics believe about the Mass and why with reasonable explanations from Holy Scripture. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 17, 2010.
About this project
When many Catholics go to Mass, they either forget or don't know that what they see in front of their eyes isn't all there is to a Catholic Mass. I want to do a series of paintings that shows what we can't see in the Mass. I've wanted to do Catholic artwork for years but didn't feel like I had anything new to say through my paintings that hadn't been done by the greats. My first intinct for art always goes to illustration and I have a special love for fantasy images but I never had THE idea for some important religious work until some bratty children in an Easter Mass complained throughout the service. I didn't get much from the homily that day, but oddly, I also didn't get mad. All I thought about was "How could I show them in my art what they are missing?"
And really, the Catholic Mass has all the elements of a time travel or alternate universe movie. It includes wonders where objects are changed from one thing into another (the bread and wine transformed into the same substance of the body and blood of Christ) and it includes interaction with those who have gone on before and wondrous beings called Angels.
I have seven main paintings planned. The first would show a family totally out of touch with what is going on in the Mass and totally uninterested with the ritual with perhaps a hint of an Angelic presence beyond their eyesight. The second planned painting would be a story from II Kings, showing an Old Testament occurrence where there is more than met the eye. Its the story of Elisha and his servant as their town is besieged by enemies and Elisha's servant is afraid. So Elisha prays and the servants eyes are opened to see a host of Angels ready to defend them. The third and fourth paintings would be from John Chapter 6. In the Mass, Jesus gives us his body and his blood and yet is never divided. The first part of Chapter 6 is one of the two incidents in which Jesus feeds a multitude with just a few fish and just a few loaves of bread, so it is a foreshadowing of the miracle of every Mass when Jesus feeds us with himself. The second part is a conversation in which Jesus says he gives he gives his flesh to eat and his blood to drink and many of the disciples turn away. The next painting will be the completed version of the painting already started here on this page in which the walls and ceiling of the Church in which the Mass is presented open up to reveal Angels and Saints present there with us. An accompanying painting would have Jesus crucified superimposed upon an image of the host being presented in the foreground by a priest at Mass and in the background by Jesus at the Lord's Supper. The last painting would show a living person reunited in Mass with his or her loved ones who had gone on before, ending the series with a personal note. As with any project, the more money I can spend on the project, the better. More money would allow me to add supplemental illustrations, hire models for the characters in the pieces and provide for better costuming to use as reference.
I intend to make this project available to my own local parish for display and it is my hope that it can be put on loans in other parishes as well. In the future, I may expand on the material available for a coffee table style book. At present, I have written an article to support the seven paintings I have planned and a printout of that article will be offered as a reward to anyone who contributes a dollar or more and in addition to any other reward point above the dollar mark.
$2140 for my time and materials. Estimated time of man hours is 116 hours.
$1100 for printing and mailing costs
$760 for models and costuming
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