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Your Cross by Theophilia Your Cross by Theophilia
Your Cross
October 13th 2012
Ink watercolors


Then He said to them:“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed and lost?"(Luke 9:23-25)


Several months ago, my sister requested me to do a calligraphy piece for her, but as she kept going back and forth on what she wanted me to do, I only somewhat recently got this particular request. She wanted me to do a calligraphy piece of Saint Francis de Sales' "Your Cross." Hopefully the letters are clear enough to read, so I won't type it all out down here. In any case, for whatever reason, this one took me awhile to getting around to do, (hence the comic to kick me back in art-gear). But here it is! I have another calligraphy commission to do, but I'm still working on the layout for that one. In any case, hopefully I'll be cranking out some more pieces for you all. :D

FAITHFUL Cross! Above all other,
one and only noble Tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peers may be;
sweetest wood and sweetest iron!
Sweetest Weight is hung on thee!

~ Venantius Fortunatus ([link])
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:iconv242:
v242 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
:clap:

:pray:

+FAVED+
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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:iconv242:
v242 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
:nod:
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:iconhaius:
haius Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Both inspiring and beautiful.  I actually really needed to hear this right now!  You would have made a great illuminator of manuscripts back in the day, my dear.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :meow: This quote always inspires me. :XD: St. Francis de Sales is the MAN. I highly recommend his "Introduction to the Devout Life."
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elisavetta Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm amazed by the small details in this. That's a very beautiful quote...
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Yes it is. :aww:
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nahbios Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I'm glad your sister asked for this piece - I've been reading 'The Introduction to the Devout Life' on and off for almost a year, but I haven't come across this beautiful reflection. (Perhaps it's in another work of his.) It reminds me of St. Pio saying to someone that their sickness was a little present from God.

I also really like the bottom-most picture: the Lord's Halo looks like one of the ones lit up on a statue. :)

Beautiful commission piece. You're a busy lady!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! I just got a hold of that book! I'm going to read Augustine's Confessions first, and then start on it. :nod: It may be in another work of his, or just an isolated saying.
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mrepicpony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
i love your work so much!!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :dance: :aww:
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:iconpinklady92:
pinklady92 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very pretty work,I love the medieval manuscripts especially the pattern work :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! :aww:
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:iconpinklady92:
pinklady92 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nps
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:iconmannakana:
MannaKana Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Gorgeous! Great job with the calligraphy and the details ^^
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :aww:
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YashaFra Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Deserve Daily Daviation!!! WOAH!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Thanks! :aww: I'm almost done with my next one, so stay tuned! ^^
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:iconkamea81:
kamea81 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Absolutely stunning work!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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Eosphora Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Oh, this is absolutely wonderful ! COngratulations !! I've just finished The Name of the Rose and I'm really into the whole manuscript/ medieval book feeling (more than usual) so I just love what you did there :) I've been trying to do the same, but I need practise. Looking at what you do gives me hope as to what I can do ! :hug:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm still deciding on whether or not I should pick up that book. I was rather turned off by the movie, but then again, I didn't watch the whole thing. In any case, I'm very glad you like it! :aww:
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Eosphora Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I, on the contrary, have not seen the movie, so I cannot tell. I admit some parts of the book could have easily been left out (unnecessary details or cursing words...) but on the overall I liked it because of the whole epic, spiritual and of course medieval atmosphere. I was quite disappointed by the ending, however. I would suggest giving it a try, but considering your book list... XD maybe you should start with novels you will probably like more ! :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I might give it a try in the end. I'll have to make some room on my book list though. :XD:
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Eosphora Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Yeah, I feel you XD I have a pile of books waiting on my desk... XD
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FliegenLicht Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really have to take up calligraphy again...

Really nice! :clap: I like the small picture in the lower left corner. :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Tis a lot of fun. ;-)

Thank you!
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Lovely. :) I like how you outlined specific words in gold ink. It gives a nice emphasis.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^ I thought I might have overdone that bit. :XD:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Beautifully done.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :iconilikeitplz:
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hollyann Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
OMGosh, the amount of detail in this piece is amazing! And I'm very envious of your calligraphy too! Gothic textura's my favourite, but it's always been extremely hard to get it right.

Beautiful work! :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thank you! :iconiloveitplz: Gothic text is my favorite too. ;-) And there's so many fun little varieties too. :D
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Dandin-of-Redwall Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
I love it!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconilikeitplz:
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
:onfire: ... outstanding work!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
It's been a pleasure, as usual ;)
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Beautiful.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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CrispinVCampion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
You're very welcome.
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absentmindedtiger Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
astounding work
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconilikeitplz:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful calligraphy and wonderful quote! :clap: I think I need to store it away in my head for when new crosses come my way. :XD:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thank you so much! :iconilikeitplz:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! :hug:
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Beautiful work. I'm a big fan of looking at medieval calligraphy, so its nice to be able to read it for once! Your illuminations are all beautiful as well. Thank you for making such great art and sharing it with the rest of us!
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