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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.

Personal Shrines

When I was travelling in southern Germany and Poland last summer, I was struck by the number of personal shrines, devotional images, statues, and other items of devotion.  Not just in churches, but in neighborhoods, road intersections, on walls of … Continue reading

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More about Creative Process . . .

I found it fascinating to read how a totally different sort of artist goes through the creative process. I go through so many of the same struggles, especially relating to the 2nd guessing at the end.  Whether visual art or … Continue reading

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A Creative Process…

I found it fascinating to read how a totally different sort of artist goes through the creative process. I go through so many of the same struggles, especially relating to the 2nd guessing at the end. A work is never really perfect! Continue reading

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Looking at Church Art: Jesus

As I traveled in Germany and Poland, I noticed that the images of Jesus that I saw were different ones from those in the United States.  Every crucifix was different of course, and always present in every church we visited, … Continue reading

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Looking at Church Art: The Mother of God

I was blessed to be able to travel last summer, visiting southern Germany and Poland. It was a wonderful trip.  My husband is not one for museums, but we saw so much beautiful artwork in the churches of both countries. … Continue reading

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Soi Dog

We adopted a feral dog.  She has been with us for just over 6 months.  What a wonderful journey of faith and learning it has been.  For all of us. She spent the first 6 years of her life running … Continue reading

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It takes a village . . .

I’ve heard that it takes a village to raise a child.  It’s a nice idea, I liked it for a long time. I imagined an encouraging community supporting parents in bringing up healthy, well adjusted young people.  But in truth the village is … Continue reading

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When is an Icon Not an Icon?

Above are two Russian portraits painted on wooden panels, with the distinctive “recess” creating a raised border seen in many icons. One is painted in the 16th century and the other in the early 17th century. Both contain similar stylized … Continue reading

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Please Pray “THIS PRAYER” With Me Today For This Nation

a beautiful prayer

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House of Prayer

      It’s Sunday.  I went first to the place that we, human beings, built for God.  He graciously comes to us there, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and in the gift of the Eucharist.   And then … Continue reading

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