This is what can happen when you live with an artist. Someone is likely to grab you when you're not even out of your bathrobe yet and say, "I need you to be Jesus for five minutes!" I have a very patient housemate, who posed for this piece that was commissioned by First Presbyterian in Holley, NY, for their Easter season bulletin covers.
A friend of mine saw both this and the barred owl photos from a few days ago and suggested Neil would make an equally good model for St. Francis. I can't stop thinking about it. I may need to do a print. The owl is available to come back and model on Neil's shoulder. And Keith Gaskin at MTS, where I have a show up, just commissioned an oil painting of St. Francis with his own lab in it. I saw it during my opening and was utterly charmed. Mr. Darcy and Bugsy (Neil's dog) will have to be in a print if I do one. I'm trying to focus in on landscapes for my Dixon show, but I may need to do this on the side.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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