I got in a creative mood today and just had to draw something, so out came my sketch pad and various other art supplies. And I knew exactly what I wanted to draw. For several days I'd had an image in my head. It was inspired by these words, part of a Prayer to the Holy Face printed on the back of a St. Veronica card that I have started to read daily during morning prayers:
Wow, isn't that beautiful?!
Meditating on that prayer, a vivid picture developed in my mind's eye of Jesus' tears turning into pearls, and I wanted to capture this image with my colored pencils. (Especially after it hit me that as much as I've always loved to draw human faces, I've never attempted a portrait of the one person who was both human and divine at the same time!)
I got to work. I did my best, such as it is. And this is what I ended up with.
This humble picture doesn't begin to live up to the image I've had in my head. (That one was glorious, I tell you--Michelangelo or Raphael might have been able to achieve what I had in mind.) I know it's not professional quality and a better artist could have created something truly extraordinary. But I used the Shroud of Turin as a guide to get the facial proportions as accurate as possible, and I worked on this with joy in my heart, a song on my lips, and so much love for the subject. I believe that all the Lord asks of us is that we use whatever talents we've been given by His Father to the best of our abilities--in a way that gives glory to God. So I hope He is well pleased.
I wish I could make a portrait of Jesus that looked more like this one, which I found online (I'm sorry I can't figure out who to give credit for it!).