Today I begin the final stage – the painting – of this amazing icon. Not only am I (and my daughter!) named for her, so too is a dear friend recently delivered from cancer. This icon is a gift of thanksgiving for her life and health.
You can see here how after gilding, I have removed the excess gold and cleaned the gesso ready for painting. I have a mad idea that I would love to have it ready for the Sunday of Orthodoxy… In two weeks time! I will let you all know how it goes. In the meantime, enjoy the last week before the fast & pray for me.