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St. Mantid ACEO by ursulav St. Mantid ACEO by ursulav
St. Mantid, just to get the joke out of the way, did indeed spend a lot of time praying. He was the head of one of the largest order of mantis monks, followers of St. John the Baptist (male mantises often choosing celibacy and strongly identifying with those who have been beheaded, for obvious reasons.) Several miracles were attributed to him, including the Miracle of the Loaves and Aphids and the Reattachment of the Head of Brother Ignatius, who fell victim to carnal sin and later returned to the monastery carrying his severed head in a sack.*

*Brother Ignatius was never quite right after that, but did receive flowers from an unknown admirer every year on his birthday.

This is an ACEO (art card) sized piece, matted to 2.25 x 3.25, with metallic copper halo. Iím also doing a limited run of 7 prints, also matted, hand-painted to also have the metallic copper halo. (I like Luminere fabric paint for thatĖmuch more opaque metallics than you get in straight acrylic.) The first and last of the series will be saved for con art shows, the other five are for sale while supplies last.
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
So the headless brother walked to the Monastery carrying his own head in a sack... am I reading this right?
shinymogwai Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Can I just find a way to have everything you draw put in my favorites list and just call it a day? Because my god, everything you do is amazing.
patrx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Love your stories that go with the characters portrayed in your artworks...keep them coming!! Mantids are such interesting insects to watch. Check out some of the most colorful mantids at Blepharopsis' webpage here at DevART.. He has photographed some pretty interesting critters. :D
toshirodragon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor Brother Ignatius! bahahahahaha
Parabuteo78 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful card and I love the story!
Treewoman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Brilliant! I love your Saints...
belario Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm such an admirer of your work... and the stories of your characters. =)
Wisteria24 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student
The story behind this guy had me laughing out loud. Nice work!
chaosia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This made my morning, I do so love your descriptions and stories to go with each piece!
LiHy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The story that goes along with him is, admittedly, pretty darned funny.
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