I was surprised by this light on the painting on December 8, 2007, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It was what I had imagined for the concept of the painting. 

The light was reflected, and refracted into colors of the spectrum, by the angular edge of a mirror on the opposite wall of the studio. It was encouraging to have this light appear just as I was trying to paint it.


Study for a Sanctuary Painting:



The original drawing.

The grisaille drawing on the canvas with charcoal.