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Mother of Pearl 1 by Deborah Milligan

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Acrylic on canvas. 560mm x 780mm
Original $420 + p&p

Finished in the Top 10 of the Challenge Cafe group challenge Mothers March 2009


baby, love, milligan, mother, mothers day, mum, pearl

I paint contemporary abstracts and have had solo exhibitions in Melbourne and in the Gippsland Regional Gallery as well as many group shows. I recently started printmaking and have shown my works in a number of group exhibitions in Gippsland and Melbourne. I also collaborate with my husband to make furniture and sculptural steelwork.

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  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramoviciover 6 years ago

    I usually don’t comment on paintings, but this one induced an exception! Superb blending of mother and child!

  • Deborah Milligan
    Deborah Milliganover 6 years ago

    Thankyou Miron. i appreciate your comment. It was, of course, drawn from my own experience. That incredibly overwhelming and all encompassing love that you feel. Though I do have all my fingers!

  • KazM
    KazMover 6 years ago

    Deb the Woman Appreciation Group are running a Mothers Day comp and I think this image is so special that it would be a shame for it not to be included. IMHO

  • Thanks Kaz. I’ve taken you up on that suggestion. I’m still exploring the groups, there are so many …

    – Deborah Milligan

  • Lila Alias
    Lila Aliasover 6 years ago

    What lovely work! (: Soft and gorgeous!

  • thankyou Lila. I’m glad you like it.

    – Deborah Milligan

  • KazM
    KazMover 6 years ago

    So I too have found and I have been glad of pointers and so I hope are others.

  • dimarie
    dimarieover 6 years ago

    so beautiful!
    has the most lovely vibe!

  • thanks dimarie

    – Deborah Milligan

  • aRae
    aRaeabout 6 years ago

    realy lovely work…

  • many thanks aRae

    – Deborah Milligan

  • fabKelly
    fabKellyabout 6 years ago

    I love this one so much too. Didn’t we mothers all feel special moment of grace…and you’ve been able to give the right shape and colour to it. Pure emotion :)

  • ah grace… you are right, that is what motherhood can be, a time of grace. thankyou for that lovely comment fabKelly

    – Deborah Milligan

  • ArtPearl
    ArtPearlabout 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful and touching. Was the title given because the baby is called Pearl or because of the colors as in the material ‘mother of pearl ? or both?
    I have special affection to it because of my name:)
    PS – just voted for it in the ’hugs’ challenge, it should win!

  • thanks ArtPearl. That’s very kind of you! Its name comes from the mother-of-pearl shell. but also because the baby could theoretically be called Pearl! it’s a beautiful name and one I would’ve loved to have given a child if I’d had a girl. So I suppose it is both.

    – Deborah Milligan

  • Angela  van Boxtel
    Angela van Bo...about 6 years ago

    INTRIGING!! Please submit to Mum = Mum 2 for Art competition at Creative Mums
    would fit really well!

  • thanks for your support Angela. I have sent you a bmail.

    – Deborah Milligan

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