The primary image for this poster began as a side panel image in Francis and the Wolf (Serigraph, 2002), which depicted the Canticles of St. Francis. Initially, John planned to use that detail for the new poster, but determined that it did not reproduce well, at a larger size. So, John created a new painting for the canticle of Sister Water. He would subsequently adapt the other Canticles, in a 2020 giclee suite, The Canticle of the Sun.
The hand-drawn text comes from Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si.