Monday, October 8
Matthew Alderman. St. Lucy of Syracuse. Ink on Vellum, September 2007. Click for larger image.
A small experiment in color I did to amuse myself late last month, this drawing shows St. Lucy with, rather than the usual eyeballs in a dish, her older traditional attribute of light (lux), sometimes shown as flame but here represented by a lantern with a small image of Christ incorporated into its metalwork. Her eventual martyrdom by a cut throat is indicated by the dagger, a less common attribute but not completely unknown, while the boiling oil she was subjected to at one point in her various trials is represented by the elaborate serpentine patterns of her martyr-red gown.
I have done a sizable number of new drawings (including my first international commission) since I last shared my work on the Shrine; I hope to present more of my recent projects in the next few days and weeks.