Saint Brigid of Kildare is the Patron Saint of Infants, Midwives, Nuns, Poets, Poultry Farmers, Illegitimate Children.
Brigid of Kildare was an Irish nun who lived 451-525 AD. Her father was a Pagan chieftain and her mother was a Christian slave who may have been kidnapped from Portugal like St. Patrick. She shares her name with the pagan godess who is responsible for song, poetry and craftsmanship. These are considered 'the flame of knowledge' in Ireland. She founded a monastery for both nuns and monks. She was thought to be a saint even in her own time because of her great compassion and generosity, particularly toward the poor. It is said she gathered up straw to make a cross for a man who was dying. It is customary to have 'Brigid's Cross' in the ceiling of your house so it won't burn down.
Lynn Garlick Retablos grew organically over a period of 20 years. To create these heart-felt paintings of saints, angels and blessings, Lynn has brought to the folk art of Retablo making, all the skills and passions that she has learned through a lifetime of drawing, woodworking and painting. She is a long time resident of Taos, New Mexico. Moved by the sacred art of the retablo paintings and the santeros (saint makers) who made them, she started creating them herself. Lynn handcarves and paints her original designs on the traditionally used ponderosa pine planks. Then she decoupages high quality prints of her originals onto pine boards, in an old school technique used for the Italian altar screens of medieval Europe.
Speaking of her work, Lynn says, "The diverse cultures and the landscape of this part of the country deeply and yet unintentionally influenced me both artistically and spiritually. I am nourished by Northern New Mexico's rugged wildness and rawness. The profound devotion found in the different traditions and faiths here are unusual and inspiring. My original Retablos are painted on board with watercolor. I produce these prints with a deep appreciation of the santero and what has come before".
Includes a statement about the saint on the reverse side. Most are available as either an ornament or a wall hanging. The Ornaments are hand printed on a masonite board with a thread for easy hanging.
The Retablos range in size from 9" to 13" inches tall and are 5 1/2" wide by 3/4" thick. Ornaments range in size from 4" to 6" tall by 2 1/2" to 3" wide by 1/8" thick.
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