Sunday, January 3, 2010

An Epiphany

As the Christmas season begins to wind down, I thought I'd share this altered creche I created. I got the idea over a year ago and found all the parts at a Catholic Church rummage sale this past summer (I thought that was appropriate). It took awhile to find the right elements; I wanted pieces that looked in need of some tender-loving-altered-care, yet would still retain a sense of reverence.
After I put the first coat of gesso on the figures, I asked my 8-year-old design barometer if he thought baby Jesus looked good or creepy. "Good, but a little creepy," came the reply. I love his honesty. And turns out he was right!
I decided to sand off some of the gesso so a few features and colors of the original painted plaster pieces would come through (note to self ... don't sand too hard or all the paint and features will come off!) So I just played til I ran out of time ... the hay was added on New Year's Eve (happily made by my little barometer: text pages run thru the pasta machine).
I'm not sure I'm 100% satifisfied with the finished piece, but that's the beauty of these things we make ... we can always do more when the muse strikes.


  1. Trina....I love it! Don't change it :)

    Happy New Year!


  2. Oh Trina! I think that it is wonderful!!! Perhaps the stable is a bit too white?????? I don't know just a thought.........
    What a fabulous idea for the straw and I know that your helper was thrilled to help!!Elizabeth

  3. It's bee-u-t-ful!! I love that idea! I see those ugly old manger scenes all the time, never in my wildest dreams did I think of painting it all white!