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Patron Saints Family Icon
June 12th 2018
Ink and Watercolor
11x14 inches
26 1⁄4 Hours


"The saints have no need of honor from us;
neither does our devotion add the slightest thing to what is theirs.
Clearly, if we venerate their memory, it serves us, not them.
But I tell you, when I think of them, I feel myself inflamed by a tremendous yearning...
Therefore, we should aim at attaining this glory with a wholehearted and prudent desire.
That we may rightly hope and strive for such blessedness, we must above all seek the prayers of the saints.
Thus, what is beyond our own powers to obtain will be granted through their intercession."

~ from a Sermon by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

This is a commission I just finished for a client who wanted an image of all the patron saints of his family as a gift for his parents' anniversary. The saints are the Holy Family in the middle (St. Joseph, behind the chair, with the Virgin Mary seated with the Baby Jesus on her lap); with St. Michael the Archangel at the top with his sword and scales; St. Benedict of Nursia with the crosier, book and raven (top left); Padre Pio kneeling with his rosary (bottom left); St. Francis of Assisi with his hands crossed over his breast (top right); and St. Therese of Lisieux kneeling with her crucifix and roses (bottom right). 
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:iconlillyalisa:
Lillyalisa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Wow! I ABSOLUTELY love this piece. Right at the front, two of my dearest saints, Therese and Padre Pio
As ever, the work is sublime... 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks!!! :D I did finish an icon of Padre Pio, but I still haven't gotten around to uploading it yet... :XD:
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you represented St. Michael the Archangel! The amount of detail of the whole piece is stunning!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!! I'm kinda not super happy with St. Michael's face, but I'm sure I'll have other opportunities to redeem myself. :D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
A very interesting and diverse group of saints!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed! :D
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A-Little-Tea-Rat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
Very stunning :heart:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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A-Little-Tea-Rat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018
Sure thing :)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018
 An absolutely superb Icon, good Theophilia!Clap 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :meow:
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
 Thank YOU for posting such works of Art to be appreciated by we humble masses!;) (Wink) 
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TheApprentice225 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
My word, how on earth do you stay sane adding so much incredible detail to your pictures!?!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, well, the details are my favorite part! :D I do the other things so I can relish working on the details. :nod:
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TheApprentice225 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
That's a beautiful outlook!
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AlexVanArsdale Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
Awesome! This is really cool. You capture the looks of the saints perfectly. At a glance you can tell who each one is. Great job!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that! I wanted to make sure they were each individualized so as to be easy to tell apart. :nod:
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LouLou2807 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS IS SO GORGEOUS!!!😍😍😍😍😍😍 That angel with the scales and the badass armor is Michael?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :hug:

Yes indeed it is. :D St. Michael is one of my favorites. :nod:
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LouLou2807 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YOU'RE WELCOME!!! I really afore your art, I used to see dA before I made an account, and those with Sir Godfrey were amazing! :dummy:


So is mine! St Michael is so much badass! And your depiction with the badass armor and stuff makes him looking so damn good!!!!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
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LouLou2807 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adore*
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauteous!  :love:

Do you think you could classify this as a Sacra Conversazione?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I suppose so! I'd actually never heard the term before, funnily enough. 
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)

It came up a lot in my Italian Renaissance class.
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:iconmasterdoodlejoe80062:
Beautiful... as always!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!
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szynszyla-stokrotka Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I am speechless!  That's amazing!!!  You did an awesome job, as always.  The details are beautiful!!!
Its really nice of your client to buy this sort of gift for their family.
St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower <3  - my confirmation Saint <3
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :glomp:

Yeah, I thought it was a really sweet gift idea for their parents too. :meow:
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szynszyla-stokrotka Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
Its adorable! My parents also have a special place in their heart for the Holy Family :)
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Armchair-Commenter46 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  New Deviant
DEUS VULT 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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viciousN Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Professional General Artist
Wow! Yes, this is the stuff I have been looking for. Thank you for posting all these lovely icons!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :iconilikeitplz:
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deng-li-xin32 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018
This is beautiful! 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!! :glomp:
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alejo918 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, I love this artwork as the sermon of the artwork's description, keep going: 10/10
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! If you want to read the rest of the sermon by St. Bernard, you can see it here: www.catholic.co.il/index.php?o…
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NimwenHabareth Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
Heart 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:meow:
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Hope-Star Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!!! :dance:
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akiestar Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I wonder what this would look like as stained glass. This is too good! Heart 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! A number of people have commented on that, actually. I think it'd be pretty cool one day to design stained glass. :D
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stevemacqwark Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconrhunel:
rhunel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018   General Artist
Beautiful!!  Great work!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you! :glomp:
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Watchful-Archer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
Great art
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :glomp:
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