The Black Madonna

This is the newest of the “Sacred Bird” paintings.  The Black Madonna is 7″x7″ and is watercolor and 23K gold leaf on paper.   The Latin translation reads:  I am black and beautiful.  I realize that in the painting, the Madonna has a raven’s head and a pink body but that is because the painting is inspired by a painting of a European woman and her little baby.  I found myself thinking that if I paint him pale (as I usually do), which makes me laugh, I should paint her to match.  Oh, the decisions we artist must face.  I call her black because her head is black.