Watercolor: Man on the Muiredach High Cross - 20" x 14"
The sandstone Muiredach High Cross at Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland, dates from the 10th century (or perhaps the 9th) and stands 19 feet high (including the base). Wikipedia says that it is, "the most impressive surviving example of early medieval Irish stonework ... the crosses at Monasterboice have been said to be Ireland's greatest contribution to European sculpture."
I've painted the west face, which includes a striking figure of the crucified Christ with arms outstretched. I like to think of his arms as at the same time offering himself for our sins, blessing us, and welcoming all to come to him.
This is the third in a series of Celtic Crosses. I painted this with an underpainting of thalo blue, new gamboge yellow, and rose quinacridone. Watercolor, 20" x 14".
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