Monthly Archives: May 2012

An Iconographer’s Prayer

This is the prayer that I say upon beginning work in my studio.  It is a combination of  Eastern Orthodox morning prayers, and the iconographer’s prayer.  I sit at my worktable before the image and pray.  I often repeat this … Continue reading

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Struggles

Some iconographers believe that there are no technical struggles in iconography, only spirtual ones.  I seem to be having a whopper. I am working on an icon of a Guardian Angel, experimenting with acrylic paints, which I haven’t used much … Continue reading

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Sudden insight via radio

I slid into the car, turned the key in the ignition, headed for home.  The radio was tuned to KVBM 94.9, the Catholic Radio station.  A woman was talking as the sound came on. I just caught the tail end … Continue reading

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The Church of Our Savior on the Nereditsa

Thursday’s post, “Stones That Sing” on the FraAngelico blogsite: http://fraangelicoinstitute.com/2012/05/10/stones-that-sing-the-photography-of-dennis-aubrey-and-pj-mckey/,  about a lovely medieval church in France, stirred up memories of another church I had seen in Russia.  The Church of Our-Savior-on-the-Nereditsa was completed in the year 1198, near the northwestern Russian city-state of Novgorod.  Some of the … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Paint

Acrylic paints offer their own challenges.  I decided to use them for my Guardian Angel icon, thinking they would be faster and easier.  No olifa: thus, no terror.  Wrong.  They do dry faster, and don’t lift off, and that part does make … Continue reading

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Iconographic Terror

The crucial moment has come.  I am putting the finish coat on Jesus Blesses the Children.  This final coat consists of the traditional olifa, a mix of warm oil poured onto the painted board.  The oil seeps into the pigments, making the … Continue reading

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