Just some thoughts ...
I wish I could paint as simply as the santeros in New Mexico - their simple compositions are lovely. I was going to do a simple New Mexican style retablo, then I added layers of paint detail and complicated it. I'm not an artist or a santero - but I love the piece anyway, because it is San Jose, my dad.
Never try to figure him out - St. Joseph - let him near you - or you go to him and don't think about what his hidden life was like - just draw near him, and he will teach you silently, albeit obscurely.
I was thinking if I charged just for my time spent on the materials, prep-work, and painting - my art would be very expensive. I think I'm going on 16 hours for this piece.
I don't care though. Never did. I'm content with a sufficiency. (1 Timothy 6:6)
Painting St. Joseph, no matter how badly it turns out, is a way for me to get close to him.
His feast day is coming up soon.
S. Felipe de Jesus