New member. Pope's Angelus

This is my first post here. My name is Tomas and I'm from Spain, but now I'm living in Slovenia. I'm married and have a daughter.
I draw cartoons now and then for catholic media. Each week, I also draw about the Pope's Angelus. Here is one example.

In the past, I've neved paid any attention to the Pope's Angelus. However, I realize now to what extent is important for the world and for us, christians: once a week, the pope puts the thermometer to the world and proposes remedies for the evils in the world and the weakness in each of us. I wish his words would reach more people. In that sense, I think the strip is in the good track and it helps to create interest in the Pope's words.


Tulip + ballerina

This past year was my busiest year in medical school. Every time work seemed impossible, I would turn to the acryclic and canvas (after, obviously, the sacraments and prayer). The result:

I was trying for this effect, and I learned a lot as I went.


Thérèse of Lisieux and a Comic

Modern inventions like eyeglasses help humans and angels while on earth... on the other hand, it is nice to have a few weirdos weeded out from the gene pool.

My kids and I started Angelic Twaddle™, a comic adventure blog a few years ago and it keeps getting steady traffic.

One of our favorite Saints in our household. Pencil on paper, 8" x 10".


Saint Francis

A few days before his feast day. Icon of Saint Francis commissioned by the Franciscan Monastery, Washington D.C.


The Way of Beauty

I have been following the blog of Iconographer David Clayton: The Way of Beauty.

Here is a recent post which I found very interesting.

Why the JPII’s Theology of the Body says that Nude Figure Drawing is a Bad Thing



Saint Wenceslaus

An updated version of an earlier piece. Pen & Ink, private collection.


Greetings ladies & gents.
Here are a few samples of recent projects of mine.

1.  Designed a set of altar rails, with helpful adjustments by the carpenter, Toan Tieu.  The stained glass windows feature biblical scenes in the foreground and San Francisco architectural landmarks in the distance.  And so, for four painted panels inserted in the design, I featured the four Gospel writers in the natural Bay Area landscape.
Woodwork: Oak. Painted panels: Acrylic and gold leaf on linen, mounted behind glass.

2.  A few pages from Catholic Churches Big and Small.  Acrylic, colored pencil and ink on paper.

3.  An illustration for an essay on prison ministry - from the book The Jesuit Post, an anthology of Jesuit writing on culture, politics and religion.  Ink and acrylic on paper.

And much, much more at:

Stefan Salinas


Saint Michael

Saint Michael, 5"x 8", mixed media. Read more on my website.


The Phoenix

The Phoenix is a medieval symbol of Christ. This painting is to be used as an illustration for a planned "Bestiary." More on the painting here: http://wp.me/p4iF4t-kl


Feast Day Fun...with Kelly Saints!

New Series of Feast Day Fun posts, celebrating the Saints with Kelly Saints (created by 15 year old Kelly)...along with activities, crafts and family traditions reflecting the lives, virtues and patronage of the Saints. Check out the Growing Gallery of Feast Day Fun posts at Equipping Catholic Families.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Saint Ignatius of Loyola. In response to requests, I have been doing a series of smaller original paintings, this is 5" x 8", mixed media on clayboard. More info on my website:




This is an ink drawing on a 5" x 7" piece of Bristol board. I drew it using calligraphers' inks applied with dip pens and brushes.

The original was created on private commission.

St. Julian the Hospitaller was a noble layman who, to atone for the sin of murdering his parents, spent his wealth building a hospital for the poor. For the remainder of his life he cared for the sick and ferried travelers across a dangerous river.

I was requested to draw St. Julian in an Italian style, a departure from my usual northern European influences. For the central portrait, I looked to trecento paintings by Taddeo Gaddi and his son Agnolo for inspiration. The color and design of the acanthus ornament and drolleries (a heraldic dolphin, a crane and a green man) I based on illuminated choir manuscripts of the same era. Small medallions in the border house pictures of St. Raphael and St. Christopher. The inscription, written in alternating blue and red Lombardic capital letters, is excerpted from Geoffrey Chaucer's House of Fame.

Read more here.




This is an ink drawing on a 7 3/4" x 3 3/4" piece of Bristol board. I drew it using fine-tipped pens and calligraphers' inks applied with brushes.

The original was created on speculation.

It includes the beginning words and neumes of the famous vesperal hymn that salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary as Star of the Sea. In keeping with the nautical symbolism of the hymn, the frame surrounding the picture of Mary and the Christ Child is composed of seashells, and the initial A is composed of sea creatures. I was inspired by the figurative blackletter alphabets created by the Master E.S. and Giovannino de'Grassi.

More here.

Emmaus Road

May we see ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
more here: http://wp.me/p4iF4t-k2