The Hand of the Artist

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.

circulatory system

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.


About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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7 Responses to The Hand of the Artist

  1. How true. Thanks for reminding us of the beauty and uniqueness of each of God’s creations.

  2. SR says:

    What a God of color and form! Thanks for the beautiful pictures to remind us of it. When one thinks God is not an artist all we have to do is walk outside! Great post and God Bless, SR

  3. lilyboat says:

    I am going hiking tomorrow and will be thinking about this post!

  4. geloruma says:

    love this post!

  5. I have often thought: Dear God, You are the ultimate Artist…but He never thrusts His handiwork on us. It’s not just artistry but love that presents itself so humbly to our gaze.

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