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Christ in the Wilderness by Ivan Kramskoy

"O kind Creator, bend Thine ear
To mark the cry, to know the tear
Before Thy throne of mercy spent
In this Thy holy fast of Lent.

Our hearts are open, Lord, to Thee;
Thou knowest our infirmity;
Pour out on all who seek Thy face
Abundance of Thy pardoning grace.

Our sins are many, this we know;
Spare us, good Lord, Thy mercy show;
And for the honor of Thy name
Our fainting souls to life reclaim.

Give us the self control that springs
From discipline of outward things,
That fasting inward secretly
The soul may purely dwell with Thee.

We pray Thee, Holy Trinity,
One God, unchanging Unity,
That we from this our abstinence
May reap the fruits of penitence."

~ O Kind Creator
by Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604 A.D.)


Salvete all!

Happy Ash Wednesday! I hope you are all doing well! I think it's pretty cool that Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday are the same day this year. It's a good reminder that it's all about love of God first and foremost! :heart: This Lent, I'm going to do what I did last year (waking up and going to bed at a set time everyday as a way to be disciplined and have a regular schedule, along with going to Mass more frequently, etc.), I'm also going to try and focus on being peaceful, calm, and gentle—not being agitated or vexed and perturbed when people or circumstances are not to my liking, or when I fail in something. I think that's fairly easy to do during Lent (I know it is for me!) not to mention any other time. There's a quote by Seraphim of Sarov that I think is very true, he said: "Acquire the spirit of peace and a thousand souls around you will be saved." On the contrary, as St. Francis de Sales says in his Introduction to the Devout Life:
"Anxiety arises from an unregulated desire to be delivered from any pressing evil, or to obtain some hoped-for good. Nevertheless nothing tends so greatly to enhance the one or retard the other as over-eagerness and anxiety. Birds that are captured in nets and snares become inextricably entangled therein, because they flutter and struggle so much. Therefore, whensoever you urgently desire to be delivered from any evil, or to attain some good thing, strive above all else to keep a calm, restful spirit,—steady your judgment and will, and then go quietly and easily after your object, taking all fitting means to attain thereto. By easily I do not mean carelessly, but without eagerness, disquietude or anxiety; otherwise, so far from bringing about what you wish, you will hinder it, and add more and more to your perplexities."

So that will be my focus this Lent. I wish I could promise that I would get a lot done art-wise in the coming month or so, but unfortunately, this past January has been a little rough on my health. I was in a car-accident a couple weeks ago, which fortunately was a relatively mild affair (my car got rear-ended), but I probably have a slight concussion that still hasn't quite healed, since I get bad headaches if I make any sudden or abrupt movements. And then a week after the accident, I was working on a chip-carving piece and really messed up my right wrist, fingers, and fore-arm. I'm not quite sure if it's tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, but I do hope it'll heal and get better sooner rather than later. In any case, this means that my art productivity will be severely limited in the foreseeable future. I'm pretty bummed about it, but there it is. :( (and I never did finish carving that darn triptych! :shakefist:) I would very much appreciate prayers for the speedy recovery of my hand so I can continue making artwork. I will still try to do what I can to finish my various art projects, but I know it's going to be a slower affair, but we'll see what I can do.

In any case, I hope you all have a very good Lent. God bless you all!

* ~ Theophilia ~ *



My art e-mail address:
:rose: Please contact me at this address if you’d like to commission me or if you’d like to order prints.


Commissions are open. I do commissions based on an hourly rate of $30 an hour. The final price depends on how long it takes me to finish the commission. I work relatively fast though, so if you have any questions or have something particular in mind but you'd like a general estimate for price, please don't hesitate to e-mail me and ask!

Print Prices:
Shipping: $3.00

4x6 - $5.00
5x7 - $8.00
8x10 - $20.00

Shipping: $6.00

11x14 - $35.00
12x18 - $50.00
16x20 - $65.00
18x24 - $90.00
20x30 - $110.00
24x36 - $150.00

Shipping covers the costs of purchasing the container (shipping tubes for the bigger ones) and mailers in which to ship your item, and the postage.

How to Order Prints:
Send me an e-mail that:
:bulletblack: indicates exactly what picture(s) you want
:bulletblack: indicates the size and number of the print(s) you want.
:bulletblack: has your address (or whatever address you want me to send it to).
:bulletblack: (and if applicable) gives me the date when you need it by so I can make it a priority.

I will then send a confirmation e-mail with my address and the amount owed for the purchase of the requested prints. I accept check, PayPal, and GoogleWallet. Once I've received the payment, I will mail the print(s).


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The Prodigal Son in Modern Life by Jacques Tissot
  • Listening to: "O Kind Creator"
  • Reading: Summa of the Summa
  • Playing: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II
  • Drinking: Water


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is of the Popish Persuasion
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I'm just an aspiring artist from the lovely Mitten State. I'm a Roman Catholic who loves the 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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ThatOneGuy92 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
Yes, I'm actually alive! Just thought I'd let you know I've been seeing your icons being used around the internet frequently, usually with credits. When it isn't, I tell them to credit you, and redirect them here!

Blessed Lent! 
Theophilia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's good to hear from you again! I hope you are well! :aww: Are you having a good Lent? How's life been?! :D
ThatOneGuy92 Featured By Owner 4 minutes ago
I am doing well. I will send you a more detailed message privately; keep an eye out!
Gallchobhair Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
Hello Theophilia,  I love how you create beautiful, relatively young faces on your saints.  Who says that St. Patrick has to be an OLD man?  He was young once, too.  
Is it OK to use your artwork on our Facebook page if we give credit to you and link to this page?  At the moment I am using your portrait of St.Patrick as my Facebook profile picture for the month of March.  But if this is not acceptable to you, I will remove it.
Thank so much,
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Yes, I'm fine with that! Please just credit me in the description ("St. Patrick icon" by Cecilia Lawrence) along with a link to my deviantart page.
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