'Prayer' - Oil Painting by Avril Brand

Oils on canvas (12 × 16 inches)

What a delight to paint this beautiful child! I love painting so much and this little girl with her sweet and innocent beauty captured everything I would wish for children all over the world. I don’t know who she really is but I named her ‘Sarah’.

So, for my little ‘Sarah’ and all the little ‘Sarahs’ all over the world:

An Irish Prayer

May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

My thanks to Anna on SXU for her permission to use her photograph as reference for this painting. I put the candle in the painting because I wanted the soft light on the little girls face, glowing and warm.

Photo reference: http://www.sxc.hu/profile/mhunter111


  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 6 years ago

    O absolutely marvelous painter you are sweetheART ;} huggzz+love the wee Irish prayer xo

  • Awww… thanks Val!!!

    – Avril Brand

  • simba
    simbaover 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful,you are so artistic well done.

  • Thank so much, Linda! :-)

    – Avril Brand

  • Racheli
    Racheliover 6 years ago

    Perfect Avril.

  • Thank you, Rach!!! :-)

    – Avril Brand

  • EnVee
    EnVeeover 6 years ago

    The results are beautiful!! well done, you are such a great artist!

  • Oh thanks, Nancy… you are so sweet! :-)

    – Avril Brand

  • Macky
    Mackyover 6 years ago

    An Avril Brand masterpiece, stunning!!!

  • Thank you, Macky! Baie dankie, my vriend!

    – Avril Brand

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Wow Avril, this is truly wonderful, it touched my heart. Beautifully painted and your message was very special. My youngest granddaughter is named Sarah. Excellent work of art.

  • Thank you, Jim! Oh how wonderful that your little granddaughter’s name is Sarah! I love the name!

    – Avril Brand

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...over 6 years ago

    Avril, this painting is absolutely gorgeous, you’ve made it perfect….even the name you used for the little girl! Sarah is a wonderful name I think!! ;-)
    I love the details, the eyes, the expression on her face, the meaning of the subject……wonderful piece of art!!! Hugs my friend, great job!! xx A masterpiece!!

  • Oh thanks so much, Arie! You are so kind! Baie dankie, my goeie vriend… drukkies!!

    – Avril Brand

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 6 years ago

    It stops my heart! You do not have to know why but it does and I thank you. Absolutely perfect.

  • Gosh, Byron! Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment! I felt like that when I saw the photo and if it means something to you, then I am very, very happy!

    – Avril Brand

  • Pet _
    Pet _over 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful darling! mwa xxxx

  • Awww… thanks Petra!!!xxxx :-)

    – Avril Brand

  • saleire
    saleireover 6 years ago

    Aw Avril….this is perfectly lovely. It reminds me of my Holy Communion. The lighting is perfect and the prayer just so sweet. And…..to top it all….my name is Sarah :o) It’s gorgeous Avril xxxxxxxxxx

  • Oh Sal… no wonder I named her Sarah! I must have been thinking of you.. I can imagine that you looked very much like this at your Holy Communion!

    – Avril Brand

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