Transfiguration: metamorphosis and change

  Wishing you all a joyous Feast of the Transfiguration, albeit one day late. This year I have kept the blog in hibernation for a few reasons, not least that any time I have outside of teaching and homekeeping has been used preparing icons. However, we have made the decision to send our daughter to a local school that we believe will fit her needs better than staying home, at least for the moment. Being an only child can be lonely, especially if your mother tends to be rather solitary! So next week we begin the adventure of school and I have been given a space above our church to … [Read more...]

Let your Everlasting Light Shine: The Transfiguration or Metamorphosis of Christ

I have just finished a very large icon: it is a 20 x 25 inches and painting without an easel has been an exercise in patience and ingenuity. However, since the Transfiguration is a particularly beloved Feast, I count each day I had the chance to work on it as a blessing. What I wanted to talk about briefly here is the difference in portrayal of light. A quick google image search of 'Transfiguration' tends to show Romantic paintings of Christ floating in a cloud of white robes and gazing down at the Disciples. There is a great sense of movement, disturbance. In stark contrast, although the … [Read more...]