See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Christmas Card: Attempt #1

St. Francis at Greccio.
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I don't know if it is too plain and cold for a proper Christmas card? The scan is bad of course - in reality the colours are softer, and the wreath is not cut off. Perhaps if I added a thin gold edging to the composition it would be enough to enrich the card.
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(The figure is after a painting attributed to Antonio Carracci)

12 comments:

  1. I love it but as a mother I have to say that it looks like the baby is going to fall head first on the floor. Otherwise it's so beautiful I would buy it from you!!!!

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  2. Thanks Angela - St. Francis was tossing the bambino in the air right before you looked - he just caught him!

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  3. It's spectacular!
    (Get this professionally printed, start selling them on etsy, have a new source of income, that's okay to do, it isn't using God, we need Catholic artists and a worker deserves his wage--I guess I'm still telling people what to do :>)

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  4. Terry, that's cool! You should definitely do more of these and sell them!

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  5. Anonymous10:04 AM

    Terry,

    It's so beautiful, and although my first reaction was "Careful now, St. Francis", it also makes me ponder the reality of Jesus' humanity. Yes, he was a squirmy, wiggly baby who was most likely fascinated by his own feet at some point.
    Wow.
    That blows my mind.

    -Cathy

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  6. Anonymous10:35 AM

    It rocks.

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  7. Thanks everyone! I'll work on a few more then.

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  8. More than a try - an accomplishment.

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  9. Terry: I agree with Angela that the Saint looks awkward but isn't that the point? If given the opportunity to hold The Christ Child wouldn't we look the same way? I think I would.

    I really like this.

    Please send me one for Christmas.

    Praying for your health, my friend.

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  10. This is stunning. I think it accurately shows the simplicity of the first Christmas (well, not that St Francis was there...) Definitely not "too plain".

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