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St. Mantid ACEO

Working itty-bitty these days, apparently!

2.5 x 3.5, mixed media

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. The original is for sale, and will probably go to AC unless somebody wants to jump on it. I’m 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 that–much more opaque metallics than you get in straight acrylic.) The first and last of the series will be saved for con art shows.

ETA: St. Mantid is SOLD OUT. There are still a couple available for cons, so you've got a shot there--thank you so much to everybody who ordered one!

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


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Placeholder for interest in original until I get to email!!!

Am sending you an email in the next 10 minutes....

Of all your wonderful and amusing descriptive texts for a piece, this is among my all-time favorites right here, right now.

That is fantastic and I would love one of those. My email is bbalithe at gmail.com.

Aww, look at his widdle mandibles!

So no inclusion in a minor saint set with St. Wormulard and St. Snailius? Or did that turn out majorly complicated? (Not complaining! Just curious!)

Hee! I had almost forgotten Wormulard and Snailius...

I happened to be trolling that particular gallery today, dreaming of office decorations. :P Unfortunately, I have a feeling that wherever I end up (hopefully) employed will be a shade too conservative. Some of the Klimt's birdies might go over well, though...


*wists that there were more prints*

My first thought was, "Zorak?"

That is, indeed, adorable as heck.

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