The Call to Prayer


The call to prayer in a monastery is initiated by the bells, bringing the brothers or sisters in from work, calling them to take a break and render homage to God.


Original oil painting on a wood-backed linen panel. Printed on semi-gloss archival paper in a variety of sizes with the option of a white conservation mat.

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Seven times a day the monastery stops to pray. The call to prayer is initiated by the bells, bringing the brothers or sisters in from work, calling them to take a break and render homage to God.

This call to prayer can be repeated in our daily lives though we are not in a monastery. Pausing throughout the day to say a quick prayer in our hearts, going to mass or adoration, praying a rosary, adding one (or all seven) Liturgies of the Hours, or a host of other things. Whatever works.

Remembering that there are men and women who have dedicated their whole lives to prayer – those in monasteries and convents, priories and abbeys – reminds me to slow down. Life is not about getting everything done. It’s not about being the most efficient. It’s about loving God. That’s it. Even if we did nothing else with our lives that would be enough.


Painted during a still life painting workshop with artist Christina Grace Mastrangelo, this was my first still life since school. Painting from life takes on a whole different set of skills to accurately draw what you’re seeing, and in almost every way is superior for learning than drawing from photos which have been already flattened by the camera.

It’s a skill that I’ve been… well, lazy and intimidated to tackle until I found this workshop.

One of my all time least favorite things to do is find objects for still lifes. What do I paint? What will be interesting but not too complicated? What will look good together? I’m so uninspired by the objects already in my house.

But since starting Outpouring of Trust and dedicating all my art to God, there’s been a fire and freedom set in my heart. Choose a Catholic topic and I am inspired because it’s no longer something I want to paint, it’s something I paint for God and for others.

I hunted through antique stores with the idea to choose objects that would describe a Saint (which will be a future topic for still lifes!), and I found this bell. It Was Perfect. Instantly I remembered the bells of a convent, especially how many convents use a bell just like this to walk the halls and wake the sisters from sleep.

Almost immediately I knew what my other two objects would be – fabric for flow that would be a natural weave, similar to the simplicity of a habit without being habit fabric, and the Breviary, opened. Was I insane? How did I think I would be able to make the text look good.

But Christina taught me the technique for capturing the essence of the text without perfectly rendering every letter so it both looks correctly “blurred” from afar (as text does look when it’s this small) and has the hint of clarity from up close, and if you’re really dedicated you could read the whole page.

And it turned out so good. This is the first of a series of still life paintings on the types of prayer/spirituality. If you have an idea for a still life you would like me to paint for you, send me an email at!


Beautiful 11″x14″, 8″x10″, or  5″x7″ print with the option for a white mat frame of conservation quality attached to the prink with all archival, acid-free adhesives.

Printed on high quality 100% cotton paper on a 10-ink pigment based inkjet printer, this print is of archival quality and as such will not fade or deteriorate even 100 years later.

Shipped in a rigid cardboard mailer with cardboard backing. Sealed in plastic sleeve.

Additional information


5"x7", 5"x7" with a mat (outside is 8"x10"), 8"x10", 8"x10 with a mat (outside 11"x14"), 11"x14"


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For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

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Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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