Nice. I like the Resurrection and St. George especially. At first glance I thought the redness in the Resurrection uncomfortably reminiscent of depictions of Hell, but that association faded after I looked at it for a bit.
Quite nice! Very prolific. I am managing to get one a year finished at this point. How did you get a pattern for St. Gianna? I have had requests for such patterns, and I am not quite sure how to go about it. Did a bishop approve it? Does he have to?
Maclin: Well, the other name for this icon is The Descent into Hades, though I hadn’t really thought about that in relation to the colors.
And Renee: I designed the pattern for St Gianna, there being none existent that I am aware of. It is for private devotion, so I don’t think it needs a bishop’s approval, though I wonder how anything objectionable could be found in the image.
I am likely to be doing more of these newly canonized and beatified Roman saints, by the way. A guy in Columbus has commissioned a series of 12 (!) icons for his personal use, and many of them are new saints of the Roman Church. Quite a challenge! I am currently painting Blessed Andre of Montreal, and boy, it that a hard one….
Looking at it a bit more, I believe my initial impression was due to the way the red on the woman appears to be coming from in front and slightly below her. I only just now realized that the Lord must be leading these figures out of the grave.
I have run into a few difficulties taking newer saint and making patterns, particularly in the color choices, being that they have specific meanings. What quickly comes to mind is a student of mine that wanted to to ST. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Her habit is black, but black is only used for the “abyss” rather than anything Godly. So we are using Payne’s Grey and Storm Blue. But this sort of thing does come up, and I am not entirely certain what to do about it.
Anyway, congratulations on your commissions. BTW any extra prayers you could spare for me would be appreciated. I am due this week with Baby #8, and am weary.
I don’t know, Renee; I have heard that too, about black only for the abyss. However, if you google for icons of modern monastic saints from the east you will see lots of black robes. So maybe monastic robes don’t count?
May God bless you with a smooth delivery!
Pray for us, too; our sweet golden retriever, Rosie, not yet two, died Saturday, put to sleep after being diagnosed with failing kidneys. The children, and Michelle and I too, are heartbroken.
The vet said it could be some toxin she injested, or congenital. As she was not outside unsupervised, and she has always consumed huge amounts of water, we think it hereditary. Popular breeds are prone to such things, especially if breeders are not careful or scrupulous. Which is a shame; based upon knowing her I would like another golden, but am somewhat spooked now.
Yeah, I would be too. It does seem that purebreds are prone to problems–some reduction of genetic range or something, I don’t really understand that. When I was growing up we had mongrels that never seemed to have health problems and lived for years and years if they didn’t get hit by a car. My cousins who lived nearby were always buying expensive collies and the like that didn’t seem to do very well.
We have a mongrel now that’s ticking along fine at roughly 10 years, although she seems to be getting arthritic.
Anyway, that’s really sad for your children, and I know how terrible it feels not to be able to fix it for them, or explain it.