Friday, July 10, 2009

Slaying the Dragons

"Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our protection
against the malice
and snares of the devil."

-- Pope Leo XIII

Last summer was particularly hard for me, with many family and other personal issues coming to a head at the same time. I've always relied on art as my shield against the "malice and snares," no matter in what form they arrived. But when things got too tough, I realized that art by itself wasn't going to cut it. I needed some armor.

George the Dragonslayer is the patron saint for my family and for Castle in the Air, vanquishing fear with his decisive sword. Even though I was a fearsome fencer in college, these days I've dropped my sword in favor of my paintbrush, or perhaps...magic markers? Trying times call for a bit of magic, no?

Inspired by George's heavenly counterpart, the Archangel Michael, I took up my markers and forged some divine armor from a dress. The magic flowed into my new linen hauberk, with wraparound Dragonslaying heraldry! As soon as I put on the dress I knew I'd have the strength to face the world again. It's come in handy a few times since last summer, too!


Shelley Noble said...

Fabulous! Clothes as protection for more than the body, excellent idea.

The Joy of Nesting said...

It's always good to have your faithful armor handy when you have to step out there to do a bit of dragon slaying!!! I know I always keep mine clean and mended so that it is always ready when I need it :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Mimi said...

My Patron Saint is the Holy Archangel Michael, great post, thank you.

susanna said...

What a wonderful, magical idea! I want to see the entire dragon dress! Please?

Renee said...

I am glad that all is well for you now.

You have a beautiful blog.

My dear friend Constance sent me over here and she never steers me wrong.

Renee xoxo