On the painting:
Painted with oil paint on a primed, heavyweight canvas, the painted part measures roughly 8×10, and the canvas overall at roughly 10×12. Comes with the simple wood frame shown in the photos which hangs on your wall with string threaded through the top bar. Frame is attached with magnets and provides that finishing touch besides making it possible to hang.
Can you get this painting stretched on canvas bars and traditionally framed? Probably – let me know if you do, I would love to see pictures! I do not finish them this way because the rough edge is by design and provides its own charm and character.
On the reference: Based on the common public domain painting of the saint, copyright for this particular rendition remains with me, Monica Skrzypczak. Do not copy without permission, post as you would desire on social media, but be sure to tag @outpouringoftrust.
No prints will be made of any Saint paintings.
On the Saint:
Saint Dymphna lived in the 7th century as the daughter of a pagan king who ruled over what is now Ireland. Her mother, a Christian who raised her daughter after Christ, died when Dymphna was still young. Her father went into a deep state of distress that soon brought him to the verge of a mental collapse. The king’s advisors suggested a second marriage, and the king agreed as long as his new wife looked exactly as his old.
They searched far and wide for a suitable bride, but the king rejected them all. They then suggested his daughter, for, after all, she did look like her mother. The king was shocked, but then began to agree with his advisors and began to desire after his daughter. When he approached Dymphna, she was appalled and refused, but he would not give up.
Dymphna had to flee her home and cross the sea, but spies followed her. When her father caught up to her and her group, he coaxed and tried to manipulate Dymphna into marrying him. When she refused again he fell to threats. Dymphna still refused and told him that she had made a vow of perpetual virginity.
Enraged, the king leapt from his horse in pure fury, and cut off the head of his own daughter. Dymphna was just 15 years old.
After having lived with her father as he struggled against his various mental illnesses, Dymphna knows what it’s like to see a loved one fall deeper and deeper into mental distress. While the story is shocking, you must remember that it is the story of a daughter and her dad; how, day after day, Dymphna took care of her dad, just as you take care of your loved one who struggles with mental illness or you are taken care of by loved ones. Dymphna knows the pain of being helpless against the ravages of the mind.
In her age there were no hospitals, counselors, or medications to heal the wounds of the mind. But in our age there are. Reach out, get help.
And talk to this great Saint. She wants to help you just as she so dearly wanted to help her dad but was unable. She has made it her mission in heaven to help those with mental illnesses from anxiety, depression, and stress, to dementia and Alzheimer’s and everything in between.
After her death, there were so many miracles of mental illnesses at her grave that it became the tradition in the town of Geel, Belgium to take the ill pilgrims into their homes until they are either miraculously cured or well enough to continue home. Those who seek refuge are called borders and are treated as member of the host family, doing small jobs and being welcomed by the community.
There’s a particular chaplet to her (one that I stock in my shop) that is 15 beads long to honor each year of her life on which you pray a Glory Be – 5 white for her purity, 5 red for her martyrdom and 5 green for healing of mental illnesses.
So as a little Easter egg, I included those three colors in the background – white in the halo, red for her name, and green (okay blue-green) in the background.