Grace to Paint


Weekly Oil Paintings by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND


race to Paint

Weekly Oil Paintings
by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND

Milk Bottle Bouquet (Final Stage)

9×12″ oil on canvas panel; click on painting for purchase information.

Now the painting is completed to a soft finish. Compare to the previous two days. There is a perfectionist tendency in most serious painters to perfect, perfect, perfect. The result could be disastrous in an entirely overworked and minutely labored painting. The losses would include the strength and boldness of the brushstroke, the simplicity of the statement, the prompt to the imagination to fill in the gaps. So the wise adage: “Quit before you’re finished,” is underscored in my effort.

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Meet Sr.Maresa

I am Sister Maresa Lilley, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame, located in Chardon, Ohio, USA. For many years, I have enjoyed a passion that permits me to reflect upon simple reality with a brush in hand. To capture a simple essence on canvas and to discover inherent beauty is a daily immersion.

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