One of the most noticeable features of the painting is Saint Francis in a green robe. In the painting, he is shown with a doubled head facing up, with both of his hand mismatching. His feet are also portrayed in an unusual way. The painting features two more figures of two young boys. One of the boys is on his front-facing the red roof, and the other one is slightly slanting his back with his right hand covering his face from the birds holding a bunch of flowers. St Francis is preaching to ducks, hens and chicks, and pigeons. The landscapes and garden scenes are remarkable for their precise detail of the natural world in the forefront, and the background is atmospheric and suggestive of the place.
Stanley completed this painting using the oil on canvas medium. It was done by hand and involved boiling the oil first to form a shiny and smooth resin. The colour pigments were then ground in the oil to create an oil paste and dispersed on the canvas with the desired pigments and effects. Oil on canvas originated from Buddhist painters and was adopted in Europe due to its many advantages. One of these benefits was the fact that oil on canvas took time to dry, thus giving the artist enough time to make corrections. They also could take as much time they wanted to complete the painting, and this was highly advantageous compared to other methods of painting. It was very flexible and deep in colour, and it could be applied in many different ways.
Stanley and his brother Gilbert, who became a notable artist, took drawing lessons from Dorothy Bailey, a local artist. Stanley was influenced and inspired by Lucian Freud, Peter Blake, Anthony Green, Beryl Cook and Robert Senior. He also inspired Giotto, Paul Gauguin, John Everett Millais, and Arthur Rackham. Stanley had several other famous paintings, such as Zacharias and Elizabeth, The Bridge, Christ Carrying the Cross, The Woolshop and The Resurrection, Cookham. Most of his paintings portrayed Biblical scenes in his village.