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St. Snargus and the Trout

The lesser-known St. Snargus was martyred at the age of forty-one, owing to a tragic fishing incident. Having caught a fish larger than his companion, Snargus would not stop claiming that his fish was THIS big.

Unfortunately for Snargus, his fishing companion was a pagan emperor who was generally not a bad sort, but intensely humorless about his fishing. When Snargus refused to shut up, or to recant his statement about the length of the fish, the emperor had both the saint and the fish were burned at the stake. Both were later beatified.

St. Snargus is thus the patron of anglers and looks with special favor upon those whose fishing companions leave something to be desired.

Another day, another saint! Snargus is a capybara. I wanted to paint a capybara with a fish because--weirdly enough--by special dispensation from Rome, capybara is considered fish if you're a Catholic. (i.e. you can eat it on Friday.) Go figure.

The nameless fish is in fact a cutthroat trout, and perhaps in keeping with the theme of these paintings, I kinda feel like I need to go to artist confessional now--"Forgive me, father, for I have sinned. Cutthroat trout are native to western North America, and capybara are a South American species." But they were pretty, damnit!

Anyway! Original for sale, probably goin' to AC. Prints available for $10 plus shipping, and the whole set of five saints will be available in jumbo for for $30 plus shipping. (I'm also looking into doing a wee little 4 x 6 print folio that would include all five and their respective descriptions, for $15 plus the journal for updates on that!)
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LaviniaKnight's avatar
Lol, this is awesome!
bunnywithmonocle's avatar
I have no idea why, but is just perfect! :D
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colesonm's avatar
Let me say that I am Catholic as well. And many pew-sitters would feign indignation and offense at these, but I love them. Humor and irreverence for all things keep all things in balance. Thanks so much for these and your other work. You have brought something fine to lighten the heart into a generally morose world. Appreciate it
Luckysweep's avatar
Okay, these are some weird saints.
Lazytroll's avatar
gosh! can I add this saint to every calendar? I think people should celebrate it's day :D
Fyrrea's avatar
I fell in love with this ^^
Kipluck's avatar
This is awesome and hilarious, too.
razakel987's avatar
You manage to make Catholicism seem hilarious.... I love your saint pictures, hahahah
KaitoAozora's avatar
That trout is just so happy, it's amazing.
CopperFreddy's avatar
Oh my God, it's amazing!
GenericallyAltered's avatar
lol i love how he looks all serious,but in real fact, it's a capybara holding a fish XD
nauth's avatar
Yeah! i have heard that too, the catholic church say that capivaras are fish.

i live here in brasil, in my city a capivara is cumon as a bird, they are everywhere.

nice drawing! like the fish too, i was tryng to figure out what kind of fish it was, but i give up and read the text below.... in fact i would never guess what fish he is....
tyshalae's avatar
That is the cutest trout ever...
MommaCabbit's avatar
those webbed hands are awesome.
but not as awesome as the smile on the trout's face.
xXrocksomeXx's avatar
Somehow these all remind me of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.

I'd be shocked to find I'm the first to say this.
Red-Fortune's avatar
That was my first thought too =P
veggiemunky's avatar
I fucking love capyberas! Make a narwhal and a cuttlefish one :3
can-o-meat's avatar
You can also eat beaver (I know, I know... jokes abound... hehe), because "it's in the water more than it's on land, so it's practically a fish." This got 'okayed' in New England when it was still being settled. Or so I've heard... ;)
tacidus's avatar
That looks awsome!!!
Symbi0sis's avatar
This is adorably fun! I just love it.
sayitlouder's avatar
you have no idea how muck i love this!!! :D
pinktiger's avatar
Lol, the fish looks so happy to be caught.
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