Out of curiosity I looked for all the paintings I've ever done of this particular saint. Their faces are in chronological order as I painted them (at least the ones I could find).
1. The face to the left is a detail of St. Francis of Assisi. (Oil on panel, 9" x 12"). One of my first paintings of him--and he got a sort of petulant expression.
3. St. Francis and the Birds (detail). Acrylic on panel, 5" x 7".
A rather jolly version.
4. St. Francis and the Worried Bird (detail). Acrylic on canvas, 4" x 12", private collection. Done shortly after viewing a 60's Poster show at the DAM. Some of that influence shows, I think.
5. St. Francis Preaching to the Birds (detail). Acrylic on panel, 6" x 18", private collection. This "larger" piece was the biggest painting I'd ever done up to that point. As an illustrator, I learned to keep paintings small, but now I'm expanding a bit.
6. St. Francis of Assisi (detail). Mixed media on wood tray, approx. 4" x 7", private collection. One of a set of three done using acrylic, ink, and collage.
7. Saint Francis at Sunset (detail). Acrylic on oak wood, approx. 5" x 9", private collection. This painting was done on a piece of scrap flooring.
8. Young Saint Francis (detail). Acrylic on panel, 6" x 18", private collection. Another larger piece, picturing the saint just beginning the new life he's chosen. Francis is usually pictured in middle age in holy card images, but I wanted to do something a bit different.
Saint Francis Consoling the Blue Bird (detail). Acrylic on canvas,
4" x 12", private collection. A recent, very fun commission.
Saint Francis and the Cranky Birds (detail). Acrylic on door panel, 11" x 43". This is in-progress, but close to being done. I've had a blast with this one. Roaming the alleys paid off with a very old door, the panels of which popped out and provided me with a few new surfaces. This version is a tall and thin St. Francis, kind of whimsical. I may post the entire painting when it's completed. This painting is helping me prepare for a recent 30" x 84" commission of a different saint.
Saint Francis has been a great subject for lots of versions. I hope he hasn't minded.
As always, thanks very much for reading!