I am creating a piece of St. Augustine for a good friend of mine who is getting married this summer. Here are a couple sketches of the piece. The overall arch is inspired by the Christian quarter in Hippo where St. Augustine was bishop as well as arches like the arch of Constantine. Much of the design work and narrative scenes were inspired by ancient Roman relief sculptures and St. Augustine’s tomb in Pavia.
Similar to the St. Cecilia piece I recently completed, I would use pen and ink, gilding, and watercolor. Here’s an example of the last piece to get a comparison…
This past week Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs was asked to complete a privately commissioned painting of St. Augustine for a priest who has an upcoming audience with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
The costume is based on gothic depictions of St. Augustine wearing cope, gloves, and mitre over an Augustinian habit. He is shown holding a flaming heart – a symbol also incorporated by the great artist, Philippe de Champaigne.
A habit and vestments were borrowed from Fr. Peter Gori, O.S.A., Fr. John Brancich, F.S.S.P., and the Diocese of Manchester. After completing several sketches of the model wearing the individual elements, the finished painting emerged. St. Augustine bends over his Confessions while clutching a flaming heart. The finished watercolor is 5 x 8 inches, mounted in a a vintage 11 x 15 inch frame.
I had one failed attempt at creating traditional icon boards and some day, when I get time, I want to try again. This product looks like it would be a way to get into creating egg tempera panels without such an investment of time and patience.
I highly recommend Koo Schadler’s Egg Tempera Painting book and perusing the wonderful work on her website. (a sample below)
The Catholic Artist Guild recently announced an upcoming competition that I wanted to share with you all. It is geared towards liturgical art and many mediums are accepted. You can find more information in the link below.
If you’re not familiar with the Catholic Artist Guild, It was recently created and is supported by the Cannons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago. They are a lay apostolate seeking the ‘restoration of the Sacred’.