It’s an intimidating moment–facing the bright white blank icon board, ready to sketch on the image. Prayer helps to steady my hand and thoughts.
The gesso was sanded to perfection, or at least as perfect as my limited patience and work ethic would allow it to be. It’s not too bad, not really. I prepared a new batch of egg mix for tempering the paint. I had collected some lovely lavender pebbles on my recent rafting trip, and plan to grind them into powder and see if they will make a useable pigment. I wonder which mineral is lavender in color–does anybody know? I have had good luck making my own powdered pigments out of softer clays before, but have not yet tried grinding up actual rocks.
I transferred my careful drawing onto the board, lined it in with dark brown egg tempera paint, and put a wash of yellow ochre over all. I decided to gild the icon first, before painting, and did that. My gilding skills are so weak. I try to just let the imperfections go. Everything needs to cure thoroughly for a day or two, then I will begin the joyful process of fusing prayer and art.