I am starting a new series of paintings. I keep finding myself going back to the flying people and horses. Several years ago I had a desire to start a series on Saints. How to coordinate all of these topics has been befuddling.
So I decided one night that I would combine the saints with the flying people. The Book of Saints does a beautiful job with the documentation on each saint, the stories and the symbols. Everything one would need to illustrate the men and women in question.
I chose Saint Dorothy for the first. She is the patron saint of florists. As she was being walked to her beheading a young lawyer called after her,”when you get to paradise send me some flowers.” The next day a child showed up with a basket of roses and apples. On this cold day the young lawyer became a believer.
I have portrayed Dorothy with her roses and apples, the other flowers and bird are painted on handmade paper affixed to the stretched canvas with clear gesso. This gesso has a fine tooth that easily grabs the paint.
This detail shows the red under painting, more of her expression and the tranquility she retained with the knowledge that she was going to be put to death for her beliefs.
Saint Stephen will be on the easel very soon. Stoned to death for his beliefs.
Think for a minute about what beliefs you would risk death for.
As some wise person said, “If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.”