"Welcome to Our World" Christmas image by Alice McMahon
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Graphite on illustration board. My Christmas greeting, 2002. The infant is drawn from a reference photo I took of my son’s first Christmas, 6 weeks. He’s now 21 years old. :)

Inspired by the Christmas song of the same title, written by Chris Rice. The grapes and wheat are symbolic of the Eucharist, and the holly head wreath symbolic of the crown of thorns and crucifixion.

I made this image for our parish church to use for printed Christmas materials.

Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth! ~ Alice

Welcome to Our World

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting

Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child

Hope that you don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long-awaited Holy Stranger
Make Yourself at home
Please make Yourself at home
Bring Your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
Word now breaking Heaven’s silence

Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born
So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy

Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

lyrics ~ Chris Rice

I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve into the realm of symbolism and magic realism.
All of my drawings are meant to be noble representations of individual subjects, and also bring together a wealth of influences, recognition of art history and myth and a contemporary attitude to create images that are of the moment, but hopefully will also remain relevant in the future.

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Comments

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Soooooo beautiful Alice, an absolute treasure xx

  • My Anita, you are quick! Thank you!

    – Alice McMahon

  • Syd Baker
    Syd Bakeralmost 6 years ago

    Wow! That’s truly touching me!!!

  • Thanks syd!

    – Alice McMahon

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaalmost 6 years ago

    that’s just perfect!!!!

  • Thank you Tahnja. I thought it was worth showing again, since war continues.

    – Alice McMahon

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Christmas Peace, Alice. In the days ahead may we all work to establish a kingdom befitting the Prince of Peace whose birth is celebrated this time of year… may those who profess to follow him embrace a common communion with all peoples everywhere. Happy Christmas Peace, my new friend. Your work and message are inspiring.

  • You said it all, my Peace loving friend. Thank you!

    – Alice McMahon

  • JDNarts
    JDNartsalmost 6 years ago

    Though war still ravages many parts of this world, peace likewise looms large in the hearts of many. May we all be reborn in the simplicity of a child, and find wonder and happiness is within our grasp if we but hold out our hands and open our hearts!

    Beautiful image and sentiment, my dear Alice. Peace and Joy to you and yours in this Season of Light and Love!

  • I had hoped this image would speak more of peace and humanity than religion. From your comment, I think it may have hit the mark with you anyway.That means so much to me. Thanks dear Jim! And happy holidays to you and your loved ones as well. xx

    – Alice McMahon

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulalmost 6 years ago

    You have such a wonderfully sensitive line, Alice. Love your images. Appreciate your talent. Merry Christmas.

  • Thanks and Merry Christmas my soulful friend!

    – Alice McMahon

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful sketch Alice, so delicate, really lovely…
    (By the way we both share a common thing : a son of 21 !!!! can’t believe the time has gone so quickly ….)

  • Funny, but I can still see the little boy in the man, and his adult self in this sketch! :) Thanks for the kind words Corinne, and happy holidays to you and your family! xx

    – Alice McMahon

  • brianboyce50
    brianboyce50almost 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and words Alice – Happy Christmas and good wishes for 2009.

  • Thanks Brian, and yes, the song is very inspiring. Peace and love to you as well.

    – Alice McMahon

  • mscholl21
    mscholl21almost 6 years ago

    beautiful, Alice

  • Thanks Michael. So glad to see you posting here. Hope you and your family have beautiful holidays! xo

    – Alice McMahon

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 6 years ago

    What a prince!! what an image….. what a memory! Beautiful work.

  • Haha! Great comment thanks Wendi! This prince is sleeping across from me on the couch at the moment – looking more like the grown man Christ – long hair and beard, but strangely similar in face to this shot! Awa! (I took a photo just now – but best not share shhh! secret ;-)

    – Alice McMahon

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