Thursday, May 10, 2012



20" X 20" X 1.5"
Acrylic on stretched canvas
©Teresa Kogut, all right reserved

I have never been so nervous to paint an image as I was this one. I kept saying "but, it's the Holy family!" whenever my family would ask me why I was so anxious. It just has to be perfect......but yet keep in my style. ALSO, add in the fact that I have never painted a man or a lil' boy before!!!

I kept the sketch within my sight so I didn't stray too much. I first covered the canvas in black gesso. Then put a layer of chipping creme from Caromal Colours over the black, that way when I sand the painting the chipping creme protects the black paint so the white canvas won't show through. I meticulously painted the Holy family, then sanded, crackled and stained it for an aged look.

The halos, accents on clothing and lettering are actually painted with metallic gold paints so they shimmer in the light!! I wish that could translate in photos, but no such luck.

This is just one of hopefully many paintings of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Maybe when I paint the next one, I will be more at ease. 

Hope you are having a blessed week! Mother's day is just around the corner :)


  1. Terest, this is just beautiful! Love hearing about the care you took to keep it respectful and true to your style.

  2. I love your version of the Holy Family, true to form, but still your own style, beautiful piece.