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  • Listening to: "The Litany of the Saints" - Cathedral Singers
  • Reading: History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea
  • Watching: "The Idiot"
  • Playing: Skyrim

"How great is your name, O Lord our God,
through all the earth!

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind,
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god;
with glory and honor you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hands,
put all things under his feet."

- from Psalm 8

Salvete all!

I hope you are all doing well on this great Feast of All Saints! I thought I'd do a quickie update since I haven't posted a journal in a number of months. I'm still alive, still active, but probably more artisticly lethargic than I should be. I have lots of projects lined up, as well as a number of finished works that I haven't gotten a chance to upload yet, simply because it takes a good day of free time to write one of my little "novels" for the saint descriptions. But for those who are curious, these are the saints I have already finished but haven't uploaded. I'll get there someday, I promise!

1.) St. John the Evangelist
2.) St. John the Baptist
3.) St. Dominic
4.) St. Philomena
5.) St. Clare of Assisi
6.) St. Bernard of Clairvaux
7.) St. Louis of France
8.) St. Monica
9.) St. Thomas More
10.) St. Kateri Tekakwitha 
11.) St. John Chrysostom
12.) St. Benedict of Nursia
13.) St. Scholastica

and I'll be making a St. Anthony of Egypt icon sometime soon too. 

I'm actually ready to draw some Templars. I miss those guys, you know? Maybe revisit those comics again. I guess I just feel guilty for working on fun art when I have so much commissioned work to finish up (read: start). :XD: What I really want to do is some sketch portraits of the characters from Henryk Sienkiewicz's With Fire and Sword or maybe do some portraits of the Leaders of the First Crusade. Do you guys even know how long I've been waiting to make a picture of Bohemond?! (Hah, actually, I think I wrote somewhere on that picture of Alexius Comnenus that I made many moons ago about drawing a picture of Bohemond....hahah, that never materialized.)

But I digress. 

So, I will try to be a bit more consistent about posting my artwork up here than I have been. I'm going to see if I can't try and upload one of my finished saint icons up here every week. That should be relatively doable. 

EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot! I also wanted to ask people for pumpkin carving suggestions. I haven't done a pumpkin for this year yet 'cause I've kind of run out of ideas.

Also, does anyone else get shivers down their spine whenever they listen to the Litany of the Saints? Can I just say that I love the Litany of the Saints? I just, I can't even describe it. I get so choked up with tears whenever I listen to it. It's like a combination of feeling the thunderous weight of all of the glory and power and wonder and beauty and triumphs of human history filling the cosmos with unbearable splendor...and then simultaneously being crushed with gratitude because I feel like I'm being loved by the best people who have ever lived...and they're my Family


In related news (related to the saints I mean, not my art-output woes), the Office of Readings today for the Feast of All Saints is pretty sweet so I wanted to share it with y'all.

"Why should our praise and glorification, or even the celebration of this feast day mean anything to the saints? What do they care about earthly honors when their heavenly Father honors them by fulfilling the faithful promise of the Son? What does our commendation mean to them? The saints have no need of honor from us; neither does our devotion add the slightest thing to what is theirs. Clearly, if we venerate their memory, it serves us, not them. But I tell you, when I think of them, I feel myself inflamed by a tremendous yearning. 

Calling the saints to mind inspires, or rather arouses in us, above all else, a longing to enjoy their company, so desirable in itself. We long to share in the citizenship of heaven, to dwell with the spirits of the blessed, to join the assembly of patriarchs, the ranks of the prophets, the council of apostles, the great host of martyrs, the noble company of confessors and the choir of virgins. In short, we long to be united in happiness with all the saints. But our dispositions change. The Church of all the first followers of Christ awaits us, but we do nothing about it. The saints want us to be with them, and we are indifferent. The souls of the just await us, and we ignore them.

Come, brothers, let us at length spur ourselves on. We must rise again with Christ, we must seek the world which is above and set our mind on the things of heaven. Let us long for those who are longing for us, hasten to those who are waiting for us, and ask those who look for our coming to intercede for us. We should not only want to be with the saints, we should also hope to possess their happiness. While we desire to be in their company, we must also earnestly seek to share in their glory. Do not imagine that there is anything harmful in such an ambition as this; there is no danger in setting our hearts on such glory. 

When we commemorate the saints we are inflamed with another yearning: that Christ our life may also appear to us as he appeared to them and that we may one day share in his glory. Until then we see him, not as he is, but as he became for our sake. He is our head, crowned, not with glory, but with the thorns of our sins. As members of that head, crowned with thorns, we should be ashamed to live in luxury; his purple robes are a mockery rather than an honor. When Christ comes again, his death shall no longer be proclaimed, and we shall know that we also have died, and that our life is hidden with him. The glorious head of the Church will appear and his glorified members will shine in splendor with him, when he forms this lowly body anew into such glory as belongs to himself, its head. 

Therefore, we should aim at attaining this glory with a wholehearted and prudent desire. That we may rightly hope and strive for such blessedness, we must above all seek the prayers of the saints. Thus, what is beyond our own powers to obtain will be granted through their intercession."

~ from a sermon by St. Bernard of Clairvaux


:peace: Pax Vobiscum! :peace:
~Omnes ad Iesum per Mariam~

Your Sister in Christ,
* ~ Theophilia ~ *


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is of the Popish Persuasion
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I'm just an aspiring artist from the lovely Mitten State. I'm a Roman Catholic who loves her Faith and everything pertaining to it (especially its philosophy, theology and history!). Like everyone else, I have an insatiable thirst for the Three Great Transcendentals: the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. I make art because I simply enjoy doing it. Historical and theological themes and subjects are what fascinate me the most, and I think that the human figure in particular is one of inexhaustible beauty. The Incarnation of Our Lord, after all, changes everything. For that reason, I also love to depict Our Lord and Our Lady, because they are the summit of human perfection (being the New Adam and new Eve and all that. ;-)) and therefore are my favorite subjects to depict. :meow:

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yugoslavia1944 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  New Deviant Student Artist
Hello my name is Vukan, I am Noble born, descendant of  Eastern Roman (Byzanine) emperor Alexios I Komnenos, and I have papers to prove it.I finally found someone with same interests. I know history and religion like the back of my hand.
"Servus est Christi". 
BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Feast of St. Cecilia! :hug:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks! :iconilikeitplz:
BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! :)
zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the fave! you have some fantastic work here!
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!

Thank you! :aww:
KnightoftheBlackSun Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016…

I don't know why but i think that you gonna like it. 
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah, yes, I saw this before, though in comic form.
KnightoftheBlackSun Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Ahh,you got me then.

By the way i know it may sound weird but your profile always make me think of Theodora of Byzantine.
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, that doesn't sound weird at all. :XD: After all, eastern iconography has very close ties with Byzantine history.
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aericmon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Theophile! I have a request for you- can you do a Passion of The Lord Jesus Christ series? I don't mean the movie; I mean the series of pictures like the paintings of old time. From the Gethsemane scene up to The Resurrection. 
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm planning on doing a series of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary which includes the Passion and Resurrection at some point (though unfortunately, not anytime soon). 

But in the meantime, if you haven't seen his work before, I'd highly recommend looking up Jacques Tissot (or, Anglicized, James Tissot). He did a wonderful series of historically accurate paintings of the life of Christ. A whole series of them with accompanying Scripture passages. They're quite amazing. 
aericmon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have. His series of watercolours are highly extensive and I can clearly see he has worked really hard to get as many of the details as he could right. I have downloaded all those paintings in my iPad. They're really amazing.
DreamyNaria Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yesterday is collapsed the Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia Really Sad 
It would be nice to see your own work on him or his sister.
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh NO!  SadAre you serous? The Basilica of St. Benedict is older than anything in my country (minus maybe the rocks)! That's so sad. :(Oh my gosh, and apparently St. Paul's Outside the Walls was a bit damaged too. :( Well, at least I'm glad to hear so far no one's been seriously injured or killed. Thank you letting me know about it. Do you live in central Italy? Have you or your family been affected by these recent earthquakes?

I did actually finish icons of both St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, I just haven't gotten around to uploading them yet. :hmm: Because I'm really lazy....
DreamyNaria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes Norcia is far one hour from me. My home is save but some others near me not. For example my friend and my grandmother home. The churches of my town are all destroied or ruined because they were ancient:(
It'so sad to see the ruins, and the Basilica od st. Benedict was so beautiful and important.
However I hope that the earthquake is over, because it's too scary,(three big eathquakes in a week!) and people should return to live in their land.
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so terrible. :( I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope everyone's okay! :hug:
DCJBeers Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016
Congratulations on being the "artist of the Month"! Clap Clap Clap Clap Heart Heart 
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! THANKS!! :glomp:
DCJBeers Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
Your very welcome! I trust all is well by you!! God Bless!!Hug 
Vehement-Crusade Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional Artist
hey girl, i admire your dedication to Christian-related pieces... i really do! God truly has given you a Gift. i mean that in all sincerity. And i pray you haven't taken any comments i said a wrong way or anything.... if so i do apologize, because sometimes i am not good at expressing what i'm trying say.... at all. Haha!

i have a random question.... pardon me, it's a bit spontaneous

but if the woman you call "Our Lady" (our Lord's Mother, Mary) was brought back to earth to dwell among man, and you had the chance to talk to her..... what might you say to her? :)

You seem to really care about her. i think it's sweet that you hold her dear, even though i may not follow the catholic denomination
thewizard747 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What would be the top ten novels that you adore and would keep forever?
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gosh, that's kind of a hard one. Hmm, well, just throwing some of my top favorites out there:

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Brothers Karamzov by Fyodor Dosoevsky
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz (and just the Trilogia in general)
Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller

Those are some of the "big" ones, but I also love the Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book and the Anne of Green Gables series, C.S. Lewis, Alfred Duggan, H.F.M. Prescott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and a whole host of others. 
thewizard747 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you have a large book collection? 
thewizard747 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another question, are you Polish?
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