Wednesday, February 20, 2013

St. Francis

St. Francis
20" x 16"  Oil

This painting of St. Francis is of a statue from Mexico.  I don't often paint with a palette knife but I like the way this turned out.

I knew that St Francis was a guardian of animals, we have a different sculpture of him in our garden.  But I didn't know much more so I googled him.  I find this pretty interesting.  Here is what Wikipedia has to say:

Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181 – October 3, 1226)[2] was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not living monastic lives.[3] Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.[3]
Francis was the son of a wealthy foreign cloth merchant in Assisi, and he lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi.[4]While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life.[4] On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica.[4] The experience moved him to live in poverty.[4] Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance (commonly called the Third Order).
In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades.[5] By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the Order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas manger scene.[4] In 1224, he received the stigmata,[4] making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion.[6] He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 141.
On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy(with Catherine of Siena). It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4.[7] He is also known for his love of the Eucharist,[8] his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross, and for the creation of the Christmas creche or Nativity Scene.[9]


martinealison said...

Saint-François a dû faire des heureux !... Une merveilleuse peinture.
Merci pour les petites information concernant ce saint.
gros bisous

CrimsonLeaves said...

I think this painting is fabulous, Pam. There is almost a ghostly quality that I like so much.

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

This is quite special. St. Francis is a favorite saint of mine and I knew a good bit about him but learned even more. Thanks!! Love the technique. I am also enjoying working more with the palette knife. You can place tiny dabs or create large swaths of color. Fun!

Pam Holnback said...

Merci Martine!

Sherry, thank you. You're right! Maybe it's spiritual.

Thank you Debbi. It was fun and I think I might do more.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, Love this painting! I also love the story of St. Francis! Wonderful post!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, Love this painting! I also love the story of St. Francis! Wonderful post!

Douglas Clark said...

I like the texture. Very nice. By the way I just finished a workshop with Jill Carver here in Texas. I think you took from her? She really is great isn't she.

Pam Holnback said...

Nancy, thank you. It's fun to learn while we paint!

Thank you Douglas. Yes, I took from Jill several years ago in a fall workshop in Rico. Great class, teacher, artist!

Barbara Muir said...

Great painting and post.

XO Barbara

hmuxo said...

A very interesting post, Pam. The painting is fantastic..working with the palette knife was perfect for this piece..