I have just started another icon of St Katherine, based on the icon from Mt Siniai. This is much earlier than the more famous one & will have scenes of her life & martyrdom around a standing figure of the Saint. So far I've spent four days getting the board ready to gild, from drawing, sanding, applying bole & then tidying up and polishing the final layers of clay, which cushion the gold leaf & keep it stick on the board. I can't wait to get started painting next week! Tomorrow I will post photographs of my latest completed commission & am planning a post on why icons … [Read more...]