Yes he inspires me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’ve been wanting to paint him for quite some time. I’ve collected pics of him. Then I found a pic of him waving to the crowd. He had that smile. The smile that mirrored the love that he felt – I knew I had to do it. So I took my pencil and watercolor..and painted the Pope during the celebration of Eid al Adha here in the Philippines. Yes, they declared Monday a holiday. 🙂

Pope Francis -72dpi

Van Gogh Watercolor on 9″x12″ Canson Montval Paper


“It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.”
– Pope Francis

Just to see how many “layers” of color goes on in my watercolor paintings, I will show two closeup pics:

This was the ‘teaser’ I posted yesterday after 5 layers of color.

This is a close up of the final painting. I’ve lost count as to how many times I layered the colors just to get that ‘right’ tone.

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