“Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor..." - Evangelii Gaudium

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Christmas Card: Attempt #1

St. Francis at Greccio.
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.
(The figure is after a painting attributed to Antonio Carracci)


  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!!!!

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

  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 :>)

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

  5. Anonymous10:04 AM


    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.
    That blows my mind.


  6. Anonymous10:35 AM

    It rocks.

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

  8. More than a try - an accomplishment.

  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.

  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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