Just sold! Watercolor studies of Pontormo’s Annunciation
Two watercolor studies of Pontormo’s Annunciation were sold this week. Since the original painting is fresco, the watercolor seemed to lend itself to the airy color and execution of the original in Florence, Italy.
Oil studies in preparation of formal portrait
This fall should bring the completion of a portrait of Fr. Patrick Peyton, Servant of God. As part of the research for this painting, models came into the studio to provide real-life examples of how natural light falls on a black cassock.
Watercolor of St. Thomas Aquinas
Summer seems to be the season for watercolor! Here is a recent sketch based on the fresco by Ludwig Seitz (1844–1908), St Thomas Aquinas kneeling and offering his works to the Roman Catholic Church (1883-87). The original work is located in the Galleria dei Candelabri at the Vatican.
Painting Given to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs recently completed a privately commissioned painting of St. Augustine for Rev. Daniel Cardó, S.C.V, who had an audience with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on May 18, 2017.
The costume is based on gothic depictions of St. Augustine wearing cope, gloves, and mitre over an Augustinian habit. He is shown holding a flaming heart – a symbol also incorporated by the great artist, Philippe de Champaigne.
A habit and vestments were borrowed from Fr. Peter Gori, O.S.A., Fr. John Brancich, F.S.S.P., and the Diocese of Manchester. After completing several sketches of the model wearing the individual elements, the finished painting emerged. St. Augustine bends over his Confessions while clutching a flaming heart. The finished watercolor is 5 x 8 inches, mounted in a a vintage 11 x 15 inch frame.
On the Easel
Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs has just put the final touches on a portrait of Franc Cardinal Rodé, C.M. who is Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and Cardinal-Priest of San Francesco Saverio alla Garbatella. The painting is 16 inches in diameter, oil on panel, with a gold-leaf frame.
About the Artist
Stations of the Cross for Lent 2017
This set of Stations of the Cross was completed for Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Lake Charles, LA. The stations are 12″ x 16″, oil on panel.
Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs displayed two pieces at the 6th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition at the St. Vincent Gallery in Latrobe, PA November 1 – December 2, 2016: Altarpiece Design with Mary, St. John the Baptist, and Ss. Peter and Paul and Madonna and Child with Cherries.
Display of paintings at Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence show “Men of God, Women of the World” at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH
Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs’s artwork has been featured on the cover of several magazines and most recently the 2016 book from Angelico Press, The Golden Princess and the Moon, by Anna Maria Mendell.