On seeing and the Theophany

Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year and a joyful Feast of the Theophany in 2018. I'm re-establishing my working pattern, now that (we hope) my daughter is in a more settled rhythm at school and very soon, the days will start to lengthen. Part of the challenge of working as an iconographer within a home setting is that being a mother must come first. Over the autumn I completed a couple of small icons and began work on a large family icon - that should be progressing this month - and drew then watercoloured a small Christmas image which became both prints and a Christmas card - there … [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...]