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St. Snargus and the Trout by ursulav St. Snargus and the Trout by ursulav
The lesser-known St. Snargus was martyred at the age of forty-one, owing to a tragic fishing incident. Having caught a fish larger than his companion, Snargus would not stop claiming that his fish was THIS big.

Unfortunately for Snargus, his fishing companion was a pagan emperor who was generally not a bad sort, but intensely humorless about his fishing. When Snargus refused to shut up, or to recant his statement about the length of the fish, the emperor had both the saint and the fish were burned at the stake. Both were later beatified.

St. Snargus is thus the patron of anglers and looks with special favor upon those whose fishing companions leave something to be desired.

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Another day, another saint! Snargus is a capybara. I wanted to paint a capybara with a fish because--weirdly enough--by special dispensation from Rome, capybara is considered fish if you're a Catholic. (i.e. you can eat it on Friday.) Go figure.

The nameless fish is in fact a cutthroat trout, and perhaps in keeping with the theme of these paintings, I kinda feel like I need to go to artist confessional now--"Forgive me, father, for I have sinned. Cutthroat trout are native to western North America, and capybara are a South American species." But they were pretty, damnit!

Anyway! Original for sale, probably goin' to AC. Prints available for $10 plus shipping, and the whole set of five saints will be available in jumbo for for $30 plus shipping. (I'm also looking into doing a wee little 4 x 6 print folio that would include all five and their respective descriptions, for $15 plus shipping...watch the journal for updates on that!)
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colesonm Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Let me say that I am Catholic as well. And many pew-sitters would feign indignation and offense at these, but I love them. Humor and irreverence for all things keep all things in balance. Thanks so much for these and your other work. You have brought something fine to lighten the heart into a generally morose world. Appreciate it
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Okay, these are some weird saints.
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Lazytroll Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
gosh! can I add this saint to every calendar? I think people should celebrate it's day :D
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Fyrrea Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I fell in love with this ^^
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Kipluck Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome and hilarious, too.
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razakel987 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You manage to make Catholicism seem hilarious.... I love your saint pictures, hahahah
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
That trout is just so happy, it's amazing.
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CopperFreddy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Oh my God, it's amazing!
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GenericallyAltered Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student General Artist
lol i love how he looks all serious,but in real fact, it's a capybara holding a fish XD
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nauth Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! i have heard that too, the catholic church say that capivaras are fish.

i live here in brasil, in my city a capivara is cumon as a bird, they are everywhere.

nice drawing! like the fish too, i was tryng to figure out what kind of fish it was, but i give up and read the text below.... in fact i would never guess what fish he is....
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tyshalae Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
That is the cutest trout ever...
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:iconmommacabbit:
MommaCabbit Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
those webbed hands are awesome.
but not as awesome as the smile on the trout's face.
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MadhouseHatter Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Student General Artist
FISHY!!!!!
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xXrocksomeXx Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Somehow these all remind me of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.

I'd be shocked to find I'm the first to say this.
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Red-Fortune Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Student General Artist
That was my first thought too =P
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veggiemunky Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I fucking love capyberas! Make a narwhal and a cuttlefish one :3
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can-o-meat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
You can also eat beaver (I know, I know... jokes abound... hehe), because "it's in the water more than it's on land, so it's practically a fish." This got 'okayed' in New England when it was still being settled. Or so I've heard... ;)
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tacidus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
That looks awsome!!!
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Symbi0sis Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
This is adorably fun! I just love it.
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sayitlouder Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
you have no idea how muck i love this!!! :D
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pinktiger Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008   Writer
Lol, the fish looks so happy to be caught.
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Vladdyboy Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
he looks like a dramatic capybara
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apeman505 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
Yes! The capybara were classified as fish because there was nothing else to eat back when they were colonizing, and people were like, "Umm... they live mostly in the water... so they count as fish."

(You prolly know that already, but maybe someone else will read it who doesn't?)
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Al-jabir Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
lady u is brilliant.
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Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the trout is really fun !! I love it =)
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Seridon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
That's awesome!
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smilysarah7 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
lol, strangly, capybaras are very nostalgic to me.

Always, when i was little, riding in my car-seat..my dad would suddenly point ou the car window into some random overgrown brush and say, "Look! A Capybara!"
I always tried to see it in time, but my dad always said "Aw..it ran away..maybe next time."

It was only when i was around 11 that i discovered that Capybaras don't live in Pensicola, Florida....
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fabbazattt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
this


is


so


cool.
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CarnivalChild Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
I love the manic glee of the saint-fish.
Also, if I ever build a church, I'm using these designs in my stained glass windows. With all due credit and money to you, of course.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work on this! :)
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Your saints series is just brilliant. Also is it just me, or does anyone else think that the trout's halo resembles a lemon slice?
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TinyNinja Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Happiest fish ever! and your crackly window texture is beautiful :)
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Laphroaigh Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Silly background-story, great artwork.
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW that's so beautiful!!!! Love the expressions, too!
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Inkspider Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
the trout has a halo!!
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Ankhorite Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
:heart: the halo on the trout!

You're riffing on the story about the emporer and the ungrateful advisor in I, Claudius, right?

And for St. Wombus, riffing on poor St. Joe? I love this series!
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Nighthyena Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
lol... So to honour the saint, you made him into a capybarra? Lmao!
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leotheyardiechick Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That is one happy trout.
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FroudTheXenophile Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008   General Artist
I did not know that and, having learned that, I still wouldn't want to eat capybara. *is Catholic and also thinks capybaras are cute*

It's an interesting and often amusing take on saint iconography and I think it's funny that the halo around the trout looks like a slice of lemon.
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DruidElf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
I oughta get prints of all these (if I ever get money) and frame them all as a set.
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snobahr Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does that make him a Smoked Snargus?
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wait, are you serious about capybara being considered fish?

I'll leave you with another little fun fact. In Louisiana state, even though animal fights are forbidden, cockfights were still allowed (till August this year) because chickens are not considered animals under that law... they are just birds.
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PeridotHorntail Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
I know capybars are the largest rodents on earth, but I think the fish thing comes from the fact that they're AQUATIC rodents...I read that somewhere.

So, basically, a swimming rat is a fish...I must say, the Catholics are weird. *coughHenry8cough*

No offense, Ursulav, dear.
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Actually the way it went was like this:
when the explorers arriver to America and discover the capybara they sent a missive to the pope saying that they could not correctly identify this animal which had hairs but also scales, and lived in the water (which is completely true). So they suggested that it was closer to a fish. The Vatican had never seen a capybara and only had the references sent to them by the explorers so they said "uh... sure". Basically the explorers knew that they could get away with eating meat on Fridays.
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PeridotHorntail Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Well, that works too!

Either way...it's a swimming rat that's now a fish. Oh joy.

Apparently, guinea pigs are their closest animal relatives...
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
really, that's neat!
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PeridotHorntail Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Yes, and if look at them closely, you can see it, too. (we have Capybaras at our zoo, so I got to see them up close and personal.)
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Rocker-Hoz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That trout looks happier than St. Snargus. lol
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BeautifullyFlawed Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
I love the face of the trout, it's just so damn cute!
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Idhas Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one happy trout. :D
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