Saint Katherine: a life.

The first of the miniature icons on the life of Saint Katherine: she is blessed with the vision of an Angel. I can hear myself thinking 'that's a bit below par... I wouldn't be sharing that picture' and then I remembered. It's this size: And I don't feel so bad. The technique for painting this small is necessarily different & has fewer steps than painting full size. In fact, I've used the proplasmos technique for the first time in ages. These are just too small... Or are they? I might, maybe, try the membrane technique on one or two, as an experiment. But not today or tomorrow. … [Read more...]

An icon from start to finish.

This little icon has taken many months. Not because it takes many months but, for many reasons, I kept liking the stage we were at & leaving things be for a while. Having finally completed the enormous icon of the Transfiguration - more on that later! - I wanted to complete this so I have, as it were, a clean slate. This icon is based on the extremely old Theotokos of Philermos, but after a 16th century example. I saw it on the cover of a book by Egon Sendler and was transfixed. I have only experienced that feeling a few times and never before from a computer monitor rendering of an … [Read more...]

A Two Palette Day

After days of glueing, sanding, gilding & drawing, finally a few consecutive hours to paint. I like a degree of order to my table, although it rarely lasts too long. Brushes are picked up, washed out, marks made on paper, drips fall. Dusk falls too soon, although now after 5pm. I adore daylight. After singing and praying and painting and being lost, suddenly I'm not alone. (Still a long way to go...) … [Read more...]

Slow and steady

As all mothers will know, we never quite achieve as much in a week as we hope. Last week I had hoped to make major strides with the icon of the Transfiguration but everyday duties intervened. We have given the house an early spring clean, I'm preparing for a small Christmas Fair at our school and just keeping all the plates spinning sometimes uses more energy than I have. On Sunday, we finally had our house blessed - we had a few friends here, as well as Fr Raphael (Pavouris), and it felt so wonderful to see the icons of our home 'Church' being blessed. As a small diversion, I began the … [Read more...]