King Big Bear told me this morning that he’d like to show off the new covers for A Father’s Wish.
To celebrate the spring and Mother’s Day here’s another greeting card/print on http://christine-corretti.artistwebsites.com/
There’s also an update. My book Pinterest for Business: a Complete, Updated Guide for Ultimate Success will be out early May!
This picture is called Vintage Rose. I created it with Mother’s Day in mind, but it’s appropriate for all times of the year. The deep gold and browns soften this mature rose, recalling the past. I think of it as a reminder of the Old World and of family histories in particular.
Vintage Rose, by Christine Corretti (a dedication to the memory of Elisa Spinosa, my dear aunt and godmother, who passed away in August, 2012). http://christine-corretti.artistwebsites.com/
The theme here is floral patterns that evoke the natural abundance of the spring landscape. Peach, cream and other lighter hues mingle with browns, which recall fertile earth soil.
Floral Fantasy Gown, by Carolyn Corretti
Oriental Fantasy Gown, by Carolyn Corretti
I sold the original version of this picture. Now, if anyone would like a print or card version it’s on http://christine-corretti.artistwebsites.com/ Couldn’t resist sharing how handsome the king looks. p.s. An original piece of art of your choice/design can be made for you too.
Remember, all the works of art on my Fine Art America Page http://christine-corretti.artistwebsites.com/ are available as greeting cards.
The following are some ideas for Mother’s Day, bridal showers, weddings, etc.
I’d like to recommend a touching new book — Leela Gour Broome’s Flute in the Forest (Penquin Books, India: 2010, 208 pages) for middle grade children. The story is about a little girl Atiya who lives with her father Ram near a seemingly enchanted forest. When Atiya’s mother Sarojini leaves her family to become a dancer, Ram forbids his daughter to play music in the home, for it reminds him of his wife’s decision. Atiya, a highly imaginative child, indulges herself by making secret visits to the forest, where she eventually hears a mysterious flute playing. Atiya promises herself that she will learn to play the instrument, and when she eventually does so in her father’s presence he is overcome by the beautiful notes he hears. The story has many themes worth exploring with young readers. One is being true to your dreams and talents despite protest or criticism from others (Atiya’s father is not the only one who hinders her ability to flourish, kids at school pick on Atiya because she is partially lame). Imagintion is, the book implies, a gift that cannot be stifled. It is no coincidence, I think, that the flute music comes from the forest, for nature is beautiful and inspiring. Atiya’s music eventually brings people close together. Art, like nature, heals and gives meaning to life.
I have just uploaded several museum quality Mother’s day cards onto Fine Art America, where they can be purchased. Flowers are some of life’s most beautiful things, so they make the perfect gifts for our mothers. However, all of the works on my FAA site are available as greeting cards — so why not consider a fashion illustration for mum?
It has been noted that the character of Aslan in C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a type for Christ. The great lion journey to free Narnia from the spell of the White Witch (the devil) comes to a climax when he offers his life in exchange for that of little Edmund Pevensie, who betrays his family by becoming the witch’s spy. Edmund represents the human sinner. Aslan saves Edmund, just as Jesus died in remission of our sins, so that we may have eternal life in heaven. Once Aslan enacts Christ’s Resurrection by coming back to life he is able to free Narnia completely.
All this has been discussed before (see, for instance, The Narnia Academy http://thenarniaacademy.org/article_aslanasjesus.htm and Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion,_the_Witch_and_the_Wardrobe ), but no one has asked the iconographic significance of C.S. Lewis choice of a lion as Jesus’ epitome. It seems to me that Lewis was aware of the fact that in pre-modern times lions were symbols of the sun: their fur resembles the sun’s color and their manes look like solar rays. In Renaissance Europe, artists and writers fashioned Jesus as Sol Iustitiae, the Sun of Justice, whose powerful rays vanquish evil. It was only natural that Lewis conflated Jesus as Sol Iustitiae with Aslan, the one who brought justice to Narnia by defeating the White Witch.
In the previous context, it is no coincidence that the White Witch’s dwarves shave off Aslan’s mane before killing him. At that moment, the great lion suffers a symbolic loss of power “rooted,” as it were, in his “solar rays.” Note that the lion’s death occurs during the night, when the earth is dark. But Aslan resurrects while the sun rises in its morning glory. Aslan-as-Jesus/sun returns to life and liberates the earth from its dark cloak of evil. Accordingly, the witch’s spell of eternal winter over Narnia gives way to full blooming spring.
What other parallels between Jesus and Aslan have you yourself discovered?
Aslan of Narnia, c/o http://christine-corretti.artistwebsites.com/