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: Painted from a public domain painting of the saint (from an unknown painter), 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:
St. Isaac Jogues, one of seven North American martyrs. Born in France, Isaac was ordained a Jesuit. When he heard Jean Brebeuf (one of the other martyrs) talk of the hardship and treachery of those who went to evangelize the Native Americans, Isaac was even more inspired to join them.
In 1636, he and Charles Garnier (martyr) set out for the Great Lakes region, Isaac being assigned to the Huron and Algonquin peoples.
Upon arrival, he wrote, “I do not know what it is to enter Heaven, but this I know-that it would be difficult to experience in this world a joy more excessive and more overflowing than I felt in setting foot in the New World”.
Often the natives blamed them for the epidemics, which now we know is fair, but at the time neither side understood viruses – the natives claimed it was sorcery while the priests were no sorcerers.
After being driven out of villages for months, Isaac was sent to build Fort Sainte-Marie, where 2000 natives happily greeted him.
A year later some Mohawks captured a group of Christian Hurons and Isaac joined to comfort the prisoners. They beat Isaac with sticks, tore out his fingernails and gnawed on his fingers until his bones were exposed.
For the next 13 months he and the other captives were subjected to cruel tortures, malnourishment, and exposure. Through it all, Isaac ceaselessly prayed for his captors and comforted, baptized, and heard confessions.
Eventually the Jesuits rescued Isaac and he was sent to France where he was acclaimed by the Pope as a living martyr.
Within a year and a half, Isaac longed to return to New France to continue the missionary work, even if it meant his martyrdom. He set sail with Jean de Lalande (martyr).
They arrived to a peace, but soon the Mohawks blamed Isaac for sorcery when another plague broke out. They seized him and Jean and beat them extensively, killed Isaac with a tomahawk and Jean the next day, dumping the bodies in the river.