I am kind of surprised when I ask people if I can draw them, and they turn me down in horror, as though I’d just asked to take up residence in their spare room or something. I’m not sure why I’m surprised by that, but OK.
My friend James did allow me to take a bunch of photos a couple of years ago, and he has become for me St. Modomnoc, now for the second time. Perhaps if he had known, he would have turned me down as well, but it’s too late now.
Since I’ve already written about Modomnoc, you can read his story here. Let me tell you about this newest icon, though.
So here is my friend James as Modomnoc. I drew him with colored pencils on a cream colored paper, and set him against this cool hexagonal paper that was batiked because it reminded me of honeycomb. [Modomnoc was a beekeeper.]
I surrounded him with drypoint prints I did of bees printed on pale green ledger paper with dark green lines. I mounted the bees to squares of green paper and then set them into the cardboard frame that was filled with an aqua colored paper with lots of inclusions of leaves and twigs and such.
I built the arched top and filled it with a colored pencil drawing of half of a large pink flower with rolled petals, drawn on kraft paper toned Stonehenge. I’m really pleased with how it came out, especially the colors. I hope it inspires you to try some new color combinations.
St Modomnoc’s feast day is February 13th.