Grace to Paint


Weekly Oil Paintings by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND


race to Paint

Weekly Oil Paintings
by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND

Family Portrait

After tedious careful detail in some of my work, I enjoy letting loose in the ridiculous. Again line and whimsy win the day, and maybe this is a fitting artistic statement for a child’s room.

With Lemon, Please

What fascinated me about the free photo I used were all the line designs (laborious!) as well as the colors, so I attempted to paint the image on a large canvas. Below I include early stage photos:


I was asked to paint this unique pup with the big eyes for a special Birthday surprise. Dixie is now much older with a whitish coat of long fur which only makes her eyes pop the more.

Only Believe

When all the friends of Jairus were telling him that his daughter was dead, don’t bother the Teacher, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.” (Mk. 5:36)

Winter Fairyland

Well, I haven’t seen so much fairyland this winter, so I was prompted to finish a year old painting. Some works need a lot more ruminating. This actually has more lavender in the foreground than my camera can capture.

Great Eagle

Here is the finished product of previous sketch. Something about this noble face drew me in. I found him in historic photos of black and white. I do not know his real name.

Motor Girl

For the time being I may have gotten some of Ngyuen Thanh Binh out of my system. I do aspire to his kind of essence in oil paint.

Bird Girl

After the simplicity of Nguyen Thanh Binh. The previous post has the explanation for these last two paintings.

Flower Girl

I am so inspired by the lovely simplicity of the striking work of Vietnamese painter Nguyen Thanh Binh that I had to try a spin off myself. Mine lacks his genius, and if you search his name you may agree!