Some Basic Iconography

(subtitle: Or, Knowing When St. Francis of Assisi Is St. Francis of Assisi) How do you know what person a painter has painted in a picture? How do you know when a painter has painted God rather than a human creature? How do you know whether you’re looking at an Old Testament patriarch or a…

Sacred Art and Kids: Links

Although many schools and school systems downplay the arts in curriculum and funding choices, formation of children in the arts is one of the essentials of human life. Don’t fall into that trap! Especially for Catholic children, whom we are trying to lead to God by the most true, straight, and direct route, it is important…

Homemade Sacred Art

Do you remember that missal cover project I started weeks ago? I got it finished in time for it to be an Easter gift for my mother. In the above view you can see the front and back covers, and below is a view of just the front cover. I don’t mind telling you, it was…

Sacred Art for Lenten Meditation

Being created in the image of God, with both soul and body, we human beings NEED art. Certainly I need art, and this Lent I have discovered two amazing artists whose works are like spiritual vitamins to my soul! They were both Frenchmen, and Catholic. From very different periods, using different media, and totally different styles…

Missal Cover Embroidery Project

As you might have guessed, the post from the other day about being a Catholic artist, that is, expressing your Faith actively through art, describes an ideal that I am embracing wholeheartedly. For one of my first projects I am working on a hand-embroidered missal cover for my dear mother.  I told her that everything of a…

Every Catholic Can Be an Artist

I HATE Modernism. The most vile heresy known to Christendom, its spawn are everywhere and have infected virtually everyone. I must devote my life to combatting this monster in every way I can. Studying theology, Church history, and art history over the last few years, I uncovered an open secret. When you study how Modernism (and its ugly child Relativism) took the…