Almost there.

It may be the first week in February but because of an urgent last minute commission, I am about to finish St Columba this week and begin St Kentigern - rest assured that the next newsletter will be out later in the week and photos will follow very soon. In the meantime, I am plotting to get started on periscope - it's an app that allows me to talk live! directly! to you! OR would youtube be better, for those without phones within reach? Do let me know what you'd like to hear about, if you have questions or just want to watch some techniques.  … [Read more...]

A prayer for our feet.

Be Thou a Bright flame before me Be Thou a guiding star above me Be Thou a smooth path before me Be Thou a kindly shepherd behind me Today, tonight and forever, Amen. - a prayer attributed to St Columba. While we have limited contemporary resources that are directly connected to the saint, there is enough to suggest that this kind of prayer would be one he knew. While my personal favourite is the one that I wrote last night next to the initial drawing of the Saint, this one is appropriate at the end of the secular year. I always feel out of step just now - I am looking at … [Read more...]

A year of Grace

Dear friends, todays second post brings details of my big plan for the coming year.  As you know I tend to only produce icons for commission - I seem to find myself with deadlines looming constantly but I have accepted that God knows I need a sense of urgency to produce work on time. "The Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when she begins to venerate her own Saints" Saint Arsenios of Paros †1877 In spite of this, I have felt for a long time now that there need to be more icons of the Saints of this country, particularly in what is now called Scotland. The icons which are … [Read more...]

A great and most glorious mystery

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Whether you have just celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of Christ or (like me) have another two weeks to wait, I wish to share the joy of Christ's birth with all of you who have become friends through commenting on my facebook page or this blog. It is a wonder that this technology which we so often see used to share information which causes suffering or fear can also be a great tool for good - look at Abbot Tryphon or Sister Vassa, for two great examples of this. I wanted to share two things particularly with you today - time is short at this season, with … [Read more...]