JPII We Love You by Tahnja

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Commissioned portrait by one of my Priest friends.

Oil, impasto medium and 22 carat gold leaf.

Box frame canvas, 30″ × 24″.

Painted for the Beatification Ceremony for Pope John Paul II May 1st 2011.

This Holy Father means so much to me for reasons that are deeply sacred and special. There’s not enough space here to share my wonderful feeling about this great man of God who is deep in my heart. I pray that the beautiful man of Christ who I will always look up to, and the great holy love I have for Him is felt by all who view this portrait.



  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    wow Tahnja, that’s amazing work! Happy Easter…I think you friend will be so amazed by this beautiful portrait. I hope something special comes of this for you also Tahnja :)

  • Hey there Karin! Happy Easter lovely lady. It was a lot of work! I’ve never used Gold leaf before and I will NEVER do so at the END of a portrait! I had specks of gold all over the place and had to repaint over it in many places which just drove me crazy. Next time I use Gold leaf it will be at the start of a painting to any mess that’s made is painted over….

    Thank you very much for the wonderful well wishes. So much good from God has already come my way. I am in the middle of a very large project for the Church, a project and idea I have come up with and am presenting to the Church. If they like my initial paintings then I series will be decided upon, so far, my Priest friends LOVE my idea and back me all the way. All the way to the Cardinal in fact….I love my Christlike friends!

    – Tahnja

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 4 years ago

    Stunning and beautiful work my lovely friend. I love detail and his godly glowing face. How exciting that this work is going Rome. This is truly luminous work. A true beauty.

  • Geez Anthea,,,thank you darling lady! There isn’t enough space here to share my great love for this wonderful Holy Father and how many, many times he moved my heart and called me closer to Jesus. He is deep in my heart and I will always look up to him and I long to follow in his path of love. He was a ‘real’ Christian and a magnificent Pope.

    He took a LOT of hours to get right. This was my first attempt at gold leafing and it made a mess! I had to repaint over the specks that would not lift off the oil paint. I’ll never put the leafing on last ever again! Oh well, I’m just relieved that it wasn’t ruined. His love is so special in this portrait that I would have been shattered if it had been ruined.

    – Tahnja

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenalmost 4 years ago

    Congrats on your commission Tahnja! Wonderful work. Happy Easter to you:)

  • Thank you hunny! Wonderful to hear from you….hugs and Happy Easter

    – Tahnja

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisalmost 4 years ago

    This is a fabulous painting Tahnja you are so talented this is one of the best portraits i have seen of him you might be hanging in the Vatican It is that good…have a wonderful Easter my friend…Renate.

  • Wow…thank you so very much Renate! I dunno what to say to that…sure hope that dear Pope Benedict gets to see this portrait. I know Pope Benedict was very, very close to JPII. My Priest friend is rather resourceful and he hasn’t opted to tell me what he will be doing with the painting….I am very curious to find out lol.

    Thank you with all my heart for your wonderful support Renate. God bless you my friend

    – Tahnja

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkeralmost 4 years ago

    wow tahnja..well done.. you’ve really painted this beautifully and the priest would have been rapt..gorgeous portrait ..congrats!

  • Yes I must say….I’m very happy with this portrait of a Pope that is deep in my heart. Many, many hours later I can say that I did not lose patience with this one….it was just he gold leafing that was a new technique for me and I really will make sure I gold leaf large areas BEFORE painting lol

    – Tahnja

  • ÒjÓ_ Magico
    ÒjÓ_ Magicoalmost 4 years ago

    truly impressive

  • Hey there! Aww my friend….thank you so much for stopping by and for your support

    – Tahnja

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    Featured Work- EASTER MARATHON April 24rd, 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Hi Mary! I’ve been so busy that I’ve not had time to keep up on RB which makes me a little sad. I love this site and I love so many of the people here.

    Thank you so very, very much for the feature and amazing support!

    – Tahnja

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 4 years ago

    This looks absolutely glorious now it is all finished Tahnja! The gold leafing worked out so well. Hope you are having a fantastic Easter.

  • Lynda my friend…I would like to thank you again for your help with this and for sending me in the direction of more help. I’m really very happy with the result and even ended up with hands that are ok in the end.

    The leafing made a mess! I will never gold leaf last ever again lol. Next time it gets done FIRST so that I can paint over any mess made.

    God bless you and your family and Happy Easter

    – Tahnja

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaalmost 4 years ago

    what a beautiful portrait, Tahnja, you painted. your client must be very proud of you work. wonderful job!!!!

  • Thank you Hidemi! Yes I must say my client is very happy indeed and that’s good because I have more work to do with his help. You’ll find out later. Happy Easter dear friend

    – Tahnja

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargaralmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful portrait of John Paul II….a brilliant work!!! Congratulations:)

  • Thank you very much Pam…really appreciate that

    – Tahnja

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