Saturday, August 24, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Today is the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Doing this whole calendar project makes one realize how many times governments have slaughtered multitudes of innocent people. And there are so many martyrs from every continent, every time period. The Body of Christ is one crucified.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Today is the feast of St. Pontian and St. Hippolytus. I've talked here before about this amazing story. Saint Pontian was a Pope, and Saint Hippolytus was the first anti-pope. That's right, the first anti-pope is a saint!
Hippolytus was a priest who wrote some valuable works on the liturgy of the early Church, but he didn't like how the sacrament of Reconciliation was developing. He didn't like that the hierarchy was forgiving people who had yielded to the civil authorities during persecution. He said that Pope Callistus and Pope Zephyrinus (also saints) were heretical and had himself elected as pope in opposition. During the reign of Pontian, both Pope and anti-pope were arrested by the Pagan government and enslaved in a mine. There, Hippolytus repented and Pontian gave him forgiveness, and they both died there from abuse and harsh conditions, martyrs.
So, I'd been looking forward to doing this page.
If you'd like pages like this of every saint's day, check out this project here.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
My sister and I just went to Space City Con, all suddenly because we found out Sylvester McCoy was there! Had a great time; if you want to see more about it, check on my tumblr.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Just sent out the August pages. Included were:
Saint Alphonse Liguori
Saint Peter Julian Eymard (with Auguste Rodin)
Saint Jean Vianney
Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major
Transfiguration (new and quite different from my rendition in the Luminous Mysteries set)
Saint Sixtus II and companions
Saint Dominic (above)
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (with Martin Heidegger)
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal
Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus (Pope and anti-Pope. Awesome forgiveness!)
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Saint Stephen of Hungary
Saint John Eudes
Saint Pius X
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin
Saint Rose of Lima
Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist
Saint Margaret Clitherow, Saint Margaret Ward, and Saint Anne Line (who turned out looking like they're going to beat you up. Well, these are tough ladies.)
This bunch was a doozy. Twenty-seven pages and because of the two-part thing with July, much less time than usual to draw them. I got really exhausted, but had to keep going. And something happened that I'm sure other artists have experienced; at some point shortly after the point where I felt like I couldn't keep this up, I started doing what I think is some somewhat amazing work. Saints Pontian and Hippolytus through Saint Stephen of Hungary I'm very proud of. I think the Assumption is the best of all.
This period of inspiration culminated in my discovery of István, a Király, a Hungarian rock opera about St. Stephen of Hungary, which I listened to all during the drawing of his page. I couldn't understand it, needless to say, but it's awesome. (That gives you an idea of how long these pages take.)