Watercolor on Archival Handmade Paper, Framed
24" x 22," 61 cm x 56 cm, Image Size
33" x 31," Framed Size, price included frame
Accepted into the National Kansas Watercolor Society Exhibition, 2016 by juror, Dean Mitchell, Mark Arts Center, Wichita, KS
Inspired by the lion statue outside the Basilica Santa Chiara in Assisi Italy. This symbolizes the essence and spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and his great love of animals and our duty to protect our earth's creaturesand environment. The background replicating a stitched pattern is an homage to the ancient art of Assisi Embroidery.
I'm still on a high from my recent trip to Venice. I got a little caught up last week and will share some photos and experiences on a future post. In the mean time, I'm posting a new painting inspired on a former trip to Italy.
This piece was inspired by a trip to Assisi, Italy. Guarding the Basilica Santa Chiara, is abeautiful terra cotta lion statue. Chiara or Clare in english was a friend of St. Francis and the founder of the convent and order of the Poor Clares. I knew the day I visited, I would eventually do a painting of the lion statue that was so intriguing to me. I’m not sure ofthe exact significance of the lion here, but to me it symbolizes the essence and spirit of St. Francis and his great love of animals and our duty to protect our earth’s creatures and environment. In addition, I feel it’s important to protect ancient customs and art forms. The background in this painting, replicating a stitched pattern, pays homage to the ancient Italian needlework tradition of Assisi Embroidery.
Where is your favorite place to visit in Italy? Have you seen this Lion in Assisi?