Face no.22 of my 29 Faces for May
I have chosen to work with St Ubaldus for The Butterfly Effects "Patron Saint" challenge, because he is listed as patron against Autism :S Now I'm not sure how that works...is praying to him supposed to ward of Autism, or protect those who suffer from it's effects?
In the time honoured tradition of the medieval forger/pilgrim, I decided to make an icon of this saintly gentleman...(I have several of these gorgeous metal/pewter frames)
I gessoed the base card and sketched a likeness...
and did a simple water colour image.
Tried to make it look old and faded...
then added gems, real hair to his head and beard(allegedly from the man himself, as in all good relics), and glazed with crackle glaze(which is very reflective sorry)
St Ubaldus was reputedly a kind, patient and gentle man, who bravely protected Gubbio, by convincing the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa not to sack the city in the 1100's. He actually wanted to be a hermit, and died of natural causes.
I believe he would be very understanding of people with Autistic tendencies :D XXX