St Katherine: a life. Day 3 & 4.

I am getting used to the new scale. I'm astonished at how long it takes, how much expression can be captured in a tiny face. It is the first time I had to paint a Saint being tortured. I deliberately chose not to show pain because what I'm doing isn't illustration, or art. It's iconography, it's hagiography, it's theology. To show pain would be a distraction. The Saint is in a situation of great distress but she is shown being serene and not struggling. The top row of icons are complete: I tried a panorama picture, to give you a sense of how it sits together but it can't be displayed … [Read more...]

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...]