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I Only Have to Change 1 Thing: Everything!


This is something I frequently heard when I first got sober. However, One of the things I have to be careful about is my desire to change everything all the time. (just look at how many irons I have in the fire on my links!) So, it should come as no surprise that no sooner had I decided to concentrate on recovery greeting cards, then I decided I also wanted to concentrate on Catholic Saints greeting cards.
It’s simple: Every day is a feast day for some saint or another; why not do one for each? I can provide recovery greeting cards and Catholic ones, right? Right. except, now there’s a new problem: I have a book of Saint’s days and it doesn’t correspond to the Saint’s days online.
I’m excited about this project because it meets the suggestion that I find something that no one else is doing, and I haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of portraits in a while. Plus concentrating my efforts on promoting saints and creating replicas of their images has got to be good karma (or whatever the Catholic word for karma is.)
It seemed like a good idea to give myself a month’s leeway to submit and post cards of the saints. Since it was May 1st, I was all set to do a portrait of St. Angela Merici whose feast day in the book is June 1st, when I decided to double check the online date; which turned out to be in January! At this point, I should try to clarify how I came to suspect the book of… well being suspect. To be honest, this is actually the second book of saints I purchased. The first one has St. Rose of Lima as having her feast day on August 30th. This offended my girlfriend, Rose; who is name for Ms. Of Lima because her birthday (my girlfriend’s) is August 23rd; the day of the feast of St. Rose. Well, I got a different book of saint’s days, but it turns out the problem is that these books (which I got used) are outdated. So, no portrait of St. Angela.
Now it’s the 2nd of May, and one month from today will be St. Peter’s feast. Of course, it will take more than a day to paint and I don’t want to rush the paintings, so maybe I should plan on doing one a week instead of one a day. That’s 365 weeks people! Plus, most days have more than one saint. This should keep me busy for a while.

Meanwhile, I posted a new illustration for approval. (I’m still waiting for the recovery cards to be approved too!) It’s a sea serpent. I think it would be good for a little boy’s birthday.

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