On the Saint:
St. Francis heard Jesus say from the crucifix, “Francis, build my church”. He took it to mean the church he was praying in, which was falling apart.
He left his worldly life, renouncing all his father’s money and living the life of a penitent, spending the next few years rebuilding that church by hand.
In this time he began to attract followers who recognized his sanctity and zeal for the life of penitence, poverty, and total trust in God, and soon Francis realized that voice from the crucifix had much bigger sights for “build my church”.
And so began the Franciscan order.
On the Statue:
Salvaged from a garage sale, Francis had a beautifully hideous paint job (my favorite kind of statue finds). The classic bald spot looked sprayed on and the birds were all the same. I wish I took a before picture, but I was so excited to paint I skipped right over it.
Now carefully hand painted, each bird has unique markings. St. Francis’s rope cincture is the traditional white with a simple black rosary. With multiple layers of dry brushing, I’ve added dimension to his robes, the grass, and the feathers while creating a painterly style that is emblematic of my work.
Varnished three times with a matte varnish, this statue is easy to clean with soap and water and a soft cloth, without fear of ruining the paint and will withstand general handling and bumps without cracking off.
This statue is bisque (similar to porcelain) which means if you drop it it will break into a million pieces. Should this happen, gather every tiny piece you can find and send me an email and I’ll let you know the cost of a repair or if it’s a small break, guide you to fixing it yourself!