St. Bernadette Soubirous

"St. Bernadette"
Mixed media on paper. June 2015

Here we see St. Bernadette, on all fours, digging in the dirt, at a grotto in Lourdes, France.
No halo, no shaft of divine light, not even a trickle of spring water.  This is a display of her Faith in Action.  A friend saw this and commented that it should at least feature a twinkling of the divine, but I say, why give the viewer such an assurance? - As if to say "See?  I told you my beliefs were real.  I am not crazy to think this girl guided by Mary, for here is visual proof!"
No, we are like the observing townspeople, witnessing a driven young woman digging in the soil, like an animal, or a crazy person... or is she in fact following the Virgin Mary's instructions?
For our faith challenges us to "dig deep", and to believe what we cannot always see, even if others think we've lost our mind...


The End of the Fiery Sword

I've created illustrations for The End of the Fiery Sword by Maura Roan McKeegan. The book is one in a series for children which explores Biblical typology. I'm working on the illustrations for the next book which will be completed in December 2015.


A Quick Project

This is a holy card (ACEO sized) that I painted as a farewell gift for our Pastor who has been reassigned.  It sounds like his new post might be a bit challenging, so I painted him a St. Benedict medal combined with St. Michael slaying the dragon.  I practiced with gold-leaf gilding on it, as I plan on entering the Apocalypse prize again this year & wanted to gild that.  Is anyone else entering the contest again, or for the first time?  I'm excited about it!



Hello!  Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Bernadette and I am a catholic illustrator.  I was brought up in the catholic church by artist parents, then attended art school, and now freelancing.  My website is www.bernadettecarstensen.com. I'm very happy to be a member on the blog, thank you. 

"Saint Brigid of Ireland" painted in gouache.  The cow represents the miracles attributed to her involving milk.  The oak tree represents Kildare the place where her convent, which included an art school, was established.  It is said that there was an old oak tree that Brigid loved, and so the place was called Cill-dara meaning Church of the Oak.  

My Introduction

First of all, thank you for inclusion in this artist guild. I wanted to join because of the high quality of the work I see here. I hope I can live up to that standard.

Miraculous Medal. Digital painting. 2006.

My name is David Greg Taylor.  I've worn a lot of hats in my sixty-two years, from being a cartoonist to an ice cream man (ding-ding type in a truck), and for the past twenty-three years, a teacher.

For the past year and change I've concentrated on a series of etchings I title Le Suite Gesu.  If I live long enough, it consists of 100 intaglio prints centered on the theme of Jesus and Mary.  I also do digital paintings/prints of the same subject, and watercolors of equestrian subjects (about the only non-religious work I do because horses are just too beautiful).

Here's the link to my web site:  Le Suite Gesu.


Print Shop

Shameless Promotion:
I've added a few more images to my Giclée Printshop...

Mural sketch

Here's a sketch for a mural for St. Philip the Apostle school,  San Francisco.  The pastor just approved it (& suggested I add a dog - good idea!).  After the budget is approved, work will commence!


Who is Steen Heidemann?


 'St. Francis' donated to Steen Heidemann's Faces of Christ Collection by Catholic Artist Marija Bersan Masuk



New Drawing: Mass of St. Gregory


This was commissioned as a gift for a newly ordained priest. I drew this using black technical pens and dark red, blue, green, purple and brown calligraphers’ inks applied with dip pens and brushes, on an 8" × 10 2/3" piece of calfskin vellum.

It depicts the Mass of St. Gregory, a miraculous vision of Christ surrounded by the instruments of His Passion experienced by the great Pope and Church Father. Medieval depictions of this event vary; my own composition I based on several 15th century panel paintings.

St. Gregory celebrates Mass, assisted by a deacon who holds an elevation torch and a cardinal who holds the papal crown. Christ appears standing on the paten, having stepped from the background tomb, shedding blood from the wound in His side into the chalice. I chose this arrangement to emphasize the connections between the Man of Sorrows, the Resurrection and the Holy Eucharist.

Read more here.


Fr. Dom: "Nursery"

This is from a scene in a book I am working on.

Father Dom is in the red sweater. Set at a wealthy parishioner's party.
Note:  "Max" is Fr. Dom's spiritual adviser, Msgr. Max Winogrodzki.

Fr. Dom: "Missing"


Weekly Illustrations

I've been trying to keep up with quick weekly drawings to illustrate the readings, here's a few recent ones.


St. Anne's Discovery

This comic took me what felt like forever to complete. I am experimenting with using more traditional panel structures and simplifying backgrounds. I thought it might speed things up. But it was not speedy for whatever reason. I think I will at least continue with the panel sizes. But I will adjust panel sizes a little next time.  photo stannefinal1.jpg  photo stannefinal2.jpg  photo stannefinal3.jpg  photo stannefinal4.jpg  photo stannefinal5.jpg  photo stannefinal6.jpg  photo stannefinal7.jpg  photo stannefinal8.jpg


Gilbert Illustration Contest

UPDATE: Anyone who competed or who wishes to compete (there is still time) please email me at schluenderfritz at gmail dot com.

Announcing Gilbert's 11th Annual Summertime (SCI-FI!) Movie Festival Illustration Contest.

Win Honor and Glory (and a chance to win a year subscription to Gilbert magazine) by entering our illustration contest. Enter as many times as you would like.  

image size 4"x6" line art 600dpi or gray scale 300dpi
Please post your entries (72 dpi jpgs please) here on the blog and if you are a winner we will ask you to send us the high resolution artwork. Use the blogger label 11th Annual Film Festival Contest to help us keep track of them.
Winners will be chosen by the Editors of the Magazine.  By entering the contest you give use the right to publish your work.

The Thing (1950)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Time Bandits (1981)
War Games (1983)
Snowpiercer (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)