Some beautiful renaissance era stained glass I saw last night on my trip to the McNay art museum. The renaissance art section was my absolute favorite 😍 I carry a large boner for religious iconography 🍆📿
Doing something different today... I love religious iconography I put it down to 4 years of intensive study of art History and just a genuine love of the skill and beauty of the past.
I'm creating a religious icon of my own ... working with Gold leaf is hard! So fragile (hot tip: don't do it outside in the wind 🤦♀️)
Anyhoo... now I wait for it to set and then move on to the the next stage... fingers and toes crossed 🤞
Singapore is a land of so many contrasts -- the ancient isn't terribly ancient, the modern can be surreal in its fabricated-ness and culturally, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims seem to live peacefully in this carefully ordered society side-by-side, and often intermeshed in the city state of 6 million speaking an amalgam of English/Mandarin/Malay/Hindi/Singlish. Wow. But not for everyone. 96 degrees in the shade. #srimariammantemple#sng#singapore#hindu#hindi#gods#religiousiconography#endlessbeauty#surrealbeauty
Another #digitalart#painting#study to practice with my #wacom#cintiq13hd It started off as a painting done over a photograph of the #skull of Saint Benedictus, but I quickly decided that while I liked the general shape of his halo/crown, I wanted to change it up and add more of my own style to it. I decided to cover it in flowers made of #rubies and #pearls and to add a semi-transparent #veil with gold trim. I wanted the pauldron/epaulettes to be more aesthetic than functional (and to emulate the rays of the halo). In my mind, this full figure is holding a large polearm or staff capped to match the rays of her regalia, and standing fast as a guard or guide even in death. This took two days of working for hours at a time (with breaks in between to give my wrist and shoulder a rest) and was done using GIMP 2.8. It's not as perfect and realistic as I would like, but that's why I practice--to get to where I want to be!
Sunday of the Paralytic:
Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.
It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.
Resurrectional Apolytikion in Third Mode
Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.
Seasonal Kontakion in Plagal Fourth Mode
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.