One of the interesting things about taking an icon workshop is watching 10 to 20 people all take the same image, trace it onto their boards, paint it–and have 10 to 20 completely different-looking icons at the end. No two alike.
Within the work of each artist, there are elements of unique style: direction of brushstrokes, colors chosen, techniques of application. . . How do experts know that a given painting is a “genuine” Rembrant, or Van Gogh, or even a “reinkat”? Always there are the unique indications of the hand of a certain artist. Countless details reveal the creator.
So, too, we find the hand of God revealed in all of His creation.
I never cease to marvel, in my excursions in the yard and in town, on hikes, in traveling, at the wonderful hand of God visible in all of His creation. The symmetry, the perfection, the beauty, along with the fantastic flexibility, adaptation, and occasional untidiness–I am heartened and inspired to prayer by it all.