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March 19th, 2015
Ink, watercolor, gold leaf
4.5 x 6 inches


“God has made me a Father to the King
and Master of all His Household.
He has raised me up,
that He might save many people.”

~ Responsory for the Feast of St. Joseph

“The just man shall blossom like the lily.
He shall flourish forever in the courts of our God.”

~ Responsory for the Feast of St. Joseph

“Go to Joseph; and do whatever he tells you.”
~ from Genesis 41:55

I’ve been meaning to finish an icon of St. Joseph for a very long time, and now I finally have! After the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph is the second greatest saint who ever lived. I have not drawn him often but perhaps I ought to more. :D I have here depicted him as a young man wearing a tallit (or Jewish prayer shawl), and holding the Christ Child in one arm and his staff in the other. According to one tradition, when it was a being decided who would be the husband of the Virgin Mary, a group of eligible men came bearing their staffs. When the priest asked God to send a sign to designate the chosen man, Joseph’s staff bloomed with lilies. The colors are also symbolic. The green and white reference the line “the just man shall blossom like the lily” while the purple-gold sash, turban and neck hem with the six-pointed stars call to mind the Joseph’s royal Davidic lineage. I have also chosen to depict Joseph wearing the prayer shawl to indicate a number of things. Firstly, to represent his great piety and godliness as a just observer of the Law of Moses; secondly, to show the Divine Nature of Christ. Jews wear the tallit on the Sabbath when in the synagogue, and especially while they read from the Torah, the word of God. In his arms, St. Joseph actually carries the Word of God to the world. I always depict my saints as young, but in this case I think it is even more meaningful for Joseph to be portrayed as young. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote in his book The World’ First Love:
“But when one searches for the reasons why Christian art should have pictured Joseph as aged, we discover that it was in order better to safeguard the virginity of Mary. Somehow, the assumption had crept in that senility was a better protector of virginity than adolescence. Art thus, unconsciously, made Joseph a spouse, chaste and pure by age, rather than by virtue…But more than that, to make Joseph out as old portrays for us a man who had little vital energy left, rather than one who, having it, kept it in chains for God's sake and for His holy purposes. To make Joseph appear pure only because his flesh had aged is like glorifying a mountain stream that has dried. The Church will not ordain a man to his priesthood who has not his vital powers. She wants men who have something to tame, rather than those who are tame because they have no energy to be wild. It should be no different with God.

Furthermore, it is reasonable to believe that Our Lord would prefer, for a foster father, someone who had made a sacrifice rather than someone who was forced to it…Joseph was probably a young man, strong, virile, athletic, handsome, chaste, and disciplined; the kind of man one sees sometimes shepherding sheep, or piloting a plane, or working at a carpenter's bench. Instead of being a man incapable of loving, he must have been on fire with love. Just as we would give very little credit to the Blessed Mother if she had taken her vow of virginity after having been an old maid for fifty years, so neither could we give much credit to a Joseph who became her spouse because he was advanced in years. Young girls in those days, like Mary, took vows to love God uniquely, and so did young men, of whom Joseph was one so pre-eminent as to be called the "just." Instead, then, of being dried fruit to be served on the table of the King, he was rather a blossom filled with promise and power. He was not in the evening of life, but in its morning, bubbling over with energy, strength, and controlled passion.” (www.catholictradition.org/Mary… )

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:+: A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE SAINT :+:

Saint Joseph (later 1st century B.C. –early 1st century A.D.), was born in Bethlehem in Judea. He was of the tribe of Judah and of the line of the great King David. Because the two genealogies in Matthew and Luke differ after tracing the descent from David (Matthew following the major royal line through Solomon, son of Bathsheba; and Luke following a minor royal line through Nathan, another son of Bathsheba) Julius Africanus offered this explanation (which was later adopted by St. Augustine as well) in reconciling the two genealogies of Jesus: Matthew writes that the father of Joseph was Jacob, while Luke says his father’s name was Heli. According to Julius Africanus, Joseph’s grandmother married Mathan (of the lineage of Solomon) and had Jacob. When Mathan died, she became a widow and married Mathat (of the lineage of Nathan) and bore Heli. After Heli married, he died childless. So his widow, marrying her husband’s brother, married Jacob, and from Jacob was born St. Joseph. In this case, Joseph was the son of Jacob but also the legal son of Heli in the eyes of the law.

There is also a tradition that Joseph had a brother named Alphaeus/Cleopas, who married Mary of Cleopas (or alternatively, Mary of Alphaeus, since they are simply different transcriptions of the name “Halphai”). From them were born Joseph, Simon, James (the Lesser) and Judas Thaddeus (St. Jude), making the “brethren of the Lord” (Matthew 13:55) the paternal cousins of Jesus.

At some point Joseph must have left his native Bethlehem in the south to work in the remote little village of Nazareth, in the northern region of Galilee. He is called in the Gospels a tekton by trade, which indicates that he was a skilled artisan and craftsperson, probably working in wood as a carpenter and perhaps even with metal and stone. While living in Nazareth, he was betrothed to Mary. At that time, betrothed persons were considered to be legally married and therefore could only be broken off with an official divorce. The official wedding ceremony would happen several months to a year after the betrothal. It was at this time between the betrothal and wedding that the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and in the Annunciation. Mary gave her fiat and conceived Jesus Christ by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Several months later, when her pregnancy had become evident, Joseph was thrown into great inner suffering and turmoil. As the Gospel relates:
"Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.  But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”  When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife…"(Matthew 1:13-24)

A few months later, the census of Caesar Augustus was decreed and they made the hard journey of some 45 miles to Joseph’s home-town of Bethlehem to be enrolled. Mary, meanwhile, was heavily pregnant, and when they finally reached Bethlehem the town was so full of people arriving for the census that they couldn’t find room at any of the inns or houses there. Instead, they had to take refuge in a cave for animals outside the city. There, Jesus Christ was born. His Mother wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and placed Him in a manger while St. Joseph watched over them. Together they heard the wondrous accounts of the shepherds who first came to adore the Christ at the message of the angel.

Eight days later, Jesus was circumcised, and forty days after His Birth they took the Child up to Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord in the Temple. They probably returned to Bethlehem and stayed there for some time until they were visited by the Magi. After the Magi departed without revealing to Herod the Child’s whereabouts, King Herod ordered all of the boys of Bethlehem two years and younger to be slaughtered. The Angel of the Lord again came to Joseph in a dream and warned him of Herod’s murderous intention, and told him to take Jesus and Mary and flee to Egypt. Joseph carried out the angel’s command with prompt obedience. The Holy Family stayed in Egypt as refugees for a time (perhaps even several years) until Herod died.

After Herod’s death, the Angel again came to Joseph in a dream and told him to return to the land of Israel. Joseph led the Family back to Judea, but when he learned that Herod’s son Archelaus ruled in Judea, he decided to go back to Nazareth in Galilee. They made their home in Nazareth, and it was there that Jesus grew and spent the greater part of His Life. The Family made an annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, and it was after one of these pilgrimages that Jesus, at the age of twelve, sat teaching in the Temple and holding discussions with the leading men of Israel. Joseph and Mary searched for him for three days in a state of terrible anxiety, and when they finally found Him in the Temple, His mother asked Him, “My Son, why have you done this to us? See, your father and I have been searching for you with great anxiety.” It was then that Jesus replied, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s work?” He then came back with them to Nazareth until He began His Public Ministry around the age of thirty. Joseph must have died sometime within those intervening years as he is not mentioned again (except in relation to Jesus’ family). Tradition has it that Joseph died in the arms of Jesus and Mary, so he has become the patron saint of a happy death.

As St. Josemaria Escriva says in his work Christ is Passing By: “What must Joseph have been, how grace must have worked through him, that he should have been able to fulfill this task of the human upbringing of the Son of God! For Jesus must have resembled Joseph: in his way of working, in the features of his character, in his way of speaking. Jesus’ realism, his eye for detail, the way he sat at table and broke bread, his preference for using everyday situations to give doctrine—all this reflects his childhood and the influence of St. Joseph. It is not possible to ignore this sublime mystery: Jesus, who is man, who speaks with the accent of a particular district of Israel, who resembles a carpenter called Joseph, is the Son of God.”

St. Joseph is also beloved by many other saints. St. Teresa of Avila herself said that: "I know by experience, that the glorious St. Joseph assists us generally in all necessities. I never asked him for anything which he did not obtain for me."

The Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th was extended to the whole Church in 1621 by Pope Gregory XV. In 1870, Blessed Pope Pius IX named him the Patron of the Universal Church. Pope Pius XIII instituted May 1st as the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955.

www.mariavaltortawebring.com/D… These scenes from the life of Joseph come from Maria Valtorta, a 20th century mystic.

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There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand.

This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord and the husband of the Queen of our world, enthroned above the angels. He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: “Good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord.”

What then is Joseph’s position in the whole Church of Christ? Is he not a man chosen and set apart? Through him and, yes, under him, Christ was fittingly and honorably introduced into the world. Holy Church in its entirety is indebted to the Virgin Mother because through her it was judged worthy to receive Christ. But after her we undoubtedly owe special gratitude and reverence to Saint Joseph.

In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfillment. What the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms.

Obviously, Christ does not now deny to Joseph that intimacy, reverence and very high honor which he gave him on earth, as a son to his father. Rather we must say that in heaven Christ completes and perfects all that he gave at Nazareth.

Now we can see how the last summoning words of the Lord appropriately apply to Saint Joseph: “Enter into the joy of your Lord.” In fact, although the joy of eternal happiness enters into the soul of a man, the Lord preferred to say to Joseph: “Enter into joy.” His intention was that the words should have a hidden spiritual meaning for us. They convey not only that this holy man possesses an inward joy, but also that it surrounds him and engulfs him like an infinite abyss.

Remember us, Saint Joseph, and plead for us to your foster-child. Ask your most holy bride, the Virgin Mary, to look kindly upon us, since she is the mother of him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns eternally. Amen.

~ from a Homily by St. Bernadine of Siena

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+ A Prayer to St. Joseph +
Holy Joseph, you were always most just; make us relish what is right. You sustained Jesus and Mary in time of trial; sustain us by your help. You provided for all the needs of Jesus and Mary; help the needy of the whole world. You rescued Jesus from Herod when he sought to kill your child; save us from our many sins. You were the foster-father of Christ, the priest-vistim; make priests faithful to their calling. You were the foster-father of Christ, the divine physician; sustain the sick and obtain relief for them. You died the holiest of deaths in the arms of Jesus and Mary; intercede for the dying. You were the intrepid guardian of the Holy Family; protect all Christian families. You cared for Jesus with true fatherly love; protect all children in the world. You were a dedicated an honest worker in your trade as a carpenter; teach us to labor for Jesus. You were the faithful and chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; preserve in all hearts a love of fidelity and purity. You were a model single person and a model father later on; help all people to imitate your virtues.

:rose: The Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19th. :rose:

St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, husbands, the family, workers, craftsmen, the dying, and the Universal Church.

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by Saint Joseph's intercession
your Church may constantly watch over
the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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JustHere4Icons Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favorite, if not my very favorite, image of St. Joseph. I love that you have made him look young. Too much sacred art shows St. Joseph as an old man and that really diminishes both his righteousness and his sacrifice of living as a virgin with His Virgin wife. I also just how Jewish he looks both with his features and the talis he is wearing. Outstanding, beautiful work. 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you! That means a lot!

I thought so too, which is one of the reasons I added in that Fulton Sheen quote. :nod:
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NimwenHabareth Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  New Deviant
I absolutely love your works - the icons as well as the comments!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!!! :aww:
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017
Exllcent work
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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gtplus77 Featured By Owner May 3, 2017
I would appreciate info on the price of various sizes of prints of the
St. Joseph Icon by Theophilia, as well as ordering information.  I was
not able to find this information on line nor by contacting DeviantArt.    Thank you.   gtplus@yahoo.com
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there! Information for ordering my icons is available towards the bottom of my journal entry: Ash Wednesday: Beginning Lent 2017
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rhunel Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017   General Artist
Adorable!!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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iamthegps Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
Merry Christmas! First of all, I love your work (I'm thinking seriously about buying a couple of your prints). Second of all, I hope this is okay and of course I'll take it down if it's not, but I used this image (crediting it to you, of course) in a Tumblr post I made about St. Joseph here: iamthegps.tumblr.com/post/1549…  I just wanted to give that poor guy a little credit, because he always gets overlooked between Mary and the Christ Child. 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! And Merry Christmas! :aww:
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TexasGael Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this, and as a father myself, I love seeing an icon of Joseph holding Jesus.  He often strikes me as one of the more forgotten biblical saints.  Maybe thats just me. 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think he certainly was sadly forgotten and neglected in the past, but I think within the last few centuries he's risen to greater and greater prominence in the Church, which can only be all for the good! :D
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love it!
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Thank you!
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Lovelyfiat2016 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
How can I purchase the icon of St. Joseph and Jesus?  It is so beautiful!
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Thank you! Ordering prints is very simple, just go to the bottom of my journal here theophilia.deviantart.com/jour… and follow the directions for how to order prints. All my prices are based on size. :nod:
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Lovelyfiat2016 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Thank you! I will be thinking about what to order soon!! ☺️ My patron saint is Mary Magdalene .  Do you have any icons of her?
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do not yet, though I hope to have an icon finished of her this summer.
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Lovelyfiat2016 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
That would be fabulous! ☺️
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How could I go about ordering a copy of this? I'm in RCIA and St. Joseph is going to be my confirmation saint. This is one of my favorite icons of him I've seen.
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CarsonHaupt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
Okay thank you!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely! Let me send you a note!
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HolyArtsAlchemist Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This was very beautiful. The art you make is awesome and the descriptions of the saints are heartwarming to see.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Thank you so very much! I'm always happy when I hear that people appreciate the descriptions. I think the writing of them sometimes takes longer than the actual making of the icon! For instance, I finished an icon of St. Augustine months ago but I haven't posted it yet since I'm still working on writing the description! Sometimes I feel I should say "A (not so very) Brief Biography of the Saint."
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Wow okay.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you appreciate the historical details I've put in. :D

I have to say, the Book of Maccabees are probabaly my favorite of the historical books in the Bible. :D
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Pure speculation on my part, but I wonder if, over the course of the likely many long days and sometimes even nights out in the carpentry and artisan shop with Joseph and so it being just Him and Joseph alone as He learned His adoptive father's trade, I wonder if teenage Jesus gradually fully conveyed to Joseph, under a sworn oath of secrecy, what was going to ultimately happen to Him, so that Joseph would understand well and be at peace with the fact He had NOT come to be a conqueror, but a Lamb, and convey to Joseph the rationale for it, fetching various scrolls of Scripture as needed to further show Joseph that He wasn't making any of this up, it was ALL PROPHESIED, so Joseph could come to terms with what His real mission was and be at peace with it, since Joseph was maybe by that time showing signs of his time of passing coming, and teenage Jesus did not want Joseph to pass to the Father while full of false hopes.  What do you think?
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Well, to put my thoughts briefly, I think that St. Joseph probabaly had an inkling of what would happen to Jesus without being told about it explicitly. After all, not only were Joseph and Mary supremely holy people who were great lovers of God and His Holy Word and would have studied and pondered on the Scriptures, but they also LIVED with the very Word of God. I don't think the prophecies of Isaiah and the Suffering Servant and the other prophets would have been lost on them. Not only that, but Joseph himself already witnessed and personally experienced the rejection of Jesus by his own people (first with his being a target of murder, then with the frustrated killing of the Innocents by Herod, the flight and exile in Egypt and living as political refugees there and all the hardships involved therein, etc.). And in the Temple he also heard Simeon's prophecy to Mary regarding the rejection of the Messiah, her Son, that "He would be a sign of contradiction" and that to Mary in particular "a sword your own heart shall pierce." I'm sure Joseph's heart was pierced many times as well for the same reason, that is, in seeing God's own Son--the best gift that could possibly be conceived of, let alone given to mankind as a free offering--was rejecting and scorned. So I don't think Joseph died with any false hopes. I think he was the last of the great patriarchs awaiting the redemption of the promised Messiah. And that he died happy, knowing that the Messiah had come and would very soon fulfill his mission of salvation.
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*nods* Thanks much for that insight!! ^^  Even though I don't believe in the veneration of Saints as a Protestant, I'm not at all closed minded about Catholic thinking, as I follow the United Methodist path, and so trace my heritage in the Church back through the Church of England. ^^  My current pastor, one who preaches from the Common Lectionary, has in the past been invited to give the Homily at the local Roman Catholic sanctuary during their celebrations of Holy Week and, after the local Roman Catholic Priest retired, my pastor invited said retired Priest recently to come to his United Methodist sanctuary give the Sermon on a recent special occasion.  I am so, so filled with joy that in the last two to three decades, over the span of my lifetime, there is a major trend of unity happening in the worldwide Church as a whole, with Catholics and Protestants coming together as friends and cooperating with one another more and more on a regular basis not just in lay terms, but on a clerical level too. ^^  I have prayed to the Father often that such a trend continues not only into the foreseeable future, but for decades to come, because more than ever the world needs a more unified Body of Christ more than ever.  ^^  May the Father make this process of unifying continue! ^^
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen! I absolutely agree! The division of Christians is completely scandalous, so I too am very glad to see that the prayer of Jesus "that they may all be one, as you Father and I are one" is coming true. "Where charity and love prevail, there God is!"
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trimblethorn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
I just ordered one of these prints from you, and I absolutely love it. It is hard to find icons of St. Joseph that depict him with the rugged, manly features he most likely had; or as the righteous, Jewish man that he was (prayer shawl).
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Thank you! I'm so very happy to hear that you like it! :aww: I definitely wanted to take my time figuring out how I wanted to depict St. Joseph so he took me longer to finish than a lot of them but he's certainly worth it. :nod:
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ok how do I ORDER this icon?
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The info is all in my journal! I have a table with the prices based on size. :D
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Zurajanaikatsurada Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh this is gorgeous... I think this might be my favorite of your icons.  This is really beautiful.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! I'm glad you like it! :glomp:
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This is so beautiful!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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You are most welcome!:hug:
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ariodante28 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
T_T Another lovely icon; Joseph's face is mesmerizing.

Your comments are very edifying. I loved what Fulton Sheen had to say: makes me think of my grandfather, whose name was Joseph----incidentally he was a carpenter *and* flew a plane. He was an excellent example of fatherhood.

I should be more mindful of St. Joseph. What a beautiful human being. <3
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THANK YOU! :glomp: Your grandfather must have been a wonderful man! Truly in the footsteps of the great St. Joseph. :D
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent! You deserve props for this image! And this guy deserves a lot of props for raising Jesus! :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! He certainly does! What an amazing man! :aww:
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calligraphyartworks Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Spectacular Icon!!! Amazing work!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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DeanJohnsonArtStudio Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent!  St. Joseph's face and right hand are extremely well- drawn.
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