Friday, November 4, 2011

St. Anthony's of Padua

When I was growing up in Newark New Jersey, I went to St. Anthony's school and church. St. Anthony was an important saint. I always remembered him as being the patron saint of finding things. So if you lost something, you prayed to St. Anthony to help find it.

Fast forward 40+ years, and here I was again going to St. Anthony's, this time not in Belleville NJ but in Padua, known in Italian as Padova, Italy. Padova is not far from Venice, and quite on the way from Verona to Stresa. We made the quick side trip to see St. Anthony's and the Scrovegni Chapel (more on that later!).

Just as the duomo was to Orvieto, St. Anthony's is to Padova. The day we visited was a feast day of some sort, so St. Anthony's was mobbed. The basilica was spectacular, chock full of incredible art from the 13th century to the present. And it was crowded! There were long lines of people to see, and touch, the tomb of St Anthony, and a mass was being conducted at the same time. Then there was the gift shop, with throngs clamoring for a piece of Anthony-ana, and dozens of Anthony stalls outside the church, which, by the way, is in the country of the Vatican.
It was all quite an interesting mix of devout Christianity and crass commercialism. I contributed to both - I touched the tomb and bought a few Anthony medals (and now I am wondering where those medals are...I need to pray to St. Anthony to help me find my St. Anthony medals. Being a gray day, and no photos allowed inside, I didn't get many pictures of the experience. But did get a few of the church.

A bit about my page design:
Getting these effects is a simple matter of blending.  For the main church picture, I used my lasso with a large feather radius (50 pixels) to make a rough selection, then applied a vector mask.  The blending mode is set to multiply, which pretty much eliminates the background gray sky and helps to isolate the outline of the church.  Placing the postcards behind the church helps with the isolation of the wonderful forms of the domes and spires.

For the bottom image of the church, this is a photo from a front-on angle, set to vivid light and a low opacity (~50%) which lets all the forms and textures of the lovely papers to show through and adds some wonderful color.  To reinforce the color, I added an orange leaf.  Note the repetition of this color in the flag (multiply unfortunately takes away the red and green of the Italian flag) and the postmark.

St. Anthonys Maya de Groot

This is scrapped with two new kits from Maya de Groot Designs, Backpackers 5 and Terra Toni. Postcard imagery is from Maya de Groot's The Art of Journaling.

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