I love this blog :D I have a question as well--I work as a story person (writer & story artist) and I'm trying to pull together blogs that have the basic principles in their storywork of creation, learning, & teaching. I'd like to draw an illustration for blog sidebars in a "Secret of Kells" style. Is there a patron saint you would recommend that's very story & creation-centric to draw? (I hope this question isn't dumb)
No patron saint question is too dumb. I was once asked who was the patron saint for tennis elbow. I can't remember what I came up with. There's always the trusty fallback of St. Christopher, patron saint of athletes.
The patron saint of artists is St. Luke. Frankly, I have always found this a bit lame, as they say. St. Luke is the patron saint of artists because he supposedly painted a portrait or two of Our Lady. There is no evidence of this or that St. Luke ever so much as picked up a pack of colored pencils.
He's always depicted with his easel and oils. I don't think oils were invented yet. I don't know much about art history. I'll have to look that up. Certainly people painted things with something. Not colored pencils.
But St. Luke is still a grand patron saint for you because he wrote not only the Gospel of Luke, but the Acts of the Apostles. He palled around with St. Paul and other disciples and apostles and Mary and he gathered their stories.
His Gospel is really the most personal story of Jesus, with the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Visitation, and Jesus getting lost at the Temple. It depicts Jesus as a constant champion of the poor and downtrodden. It includes the story of the Good Thief. Great stories all. All our favorite stories about Jesus are in the Gospel of Luke.
And all the great stories about the Apostles and the early church!
If St. Luke ever actually painted anything the painting did not survive. There are a couple of painting floating around out there that some folks seem to believe are his, but there is no good reason to believe they are his works. We hope your paintings fair better. At least they will actually exist.
I hope you'll come back and explain what & means or is or does.