St Katherine: a life. Day 3 & 4.

I am getting used to the new scale.

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I’m astonished at how long it takes, how much expression can be captured in a tiny face.

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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.

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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 properly. There are still a few touches needed but it is almost as it will be when completed.