Category Archives: art

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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A Prayer for the Strayed

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places. Years ago I found a beautiful prayer for unbelievers inside a novel by Jan Karon.  The words expressed my sentiments perfectly, and I copied it out for my own use.  I have adapted … Continue reading

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Praying with St. Therese for the lost sheep

The 5th figure on my icon of prayers for the lost sheep of Jesus is St.  Therese. St. Therese of Lisieux, called the Little Flower, and noted for her “little way”,  wanted to be a missionary and bring souls to … Continue reading

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Skin Tones in Acrylic: A Process

I have been experimenting with painting icons using acrylic paints, after years of using egg tempera exclusively.  I kind of like acrylics, with their ease of use and quick drying.  Over time, I have studied with several different teachers, each with their … Continue reading

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Dog Portrait

Just for a change of pace, I recently painted a portrait of a friend’s beloved dog.  It will be a gift. I used to be an illustrator, and loved to draw and paint animals, so this was a return to this … Continue reading

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The Icon of the Trinity

This icon, written by Andrei Rublev in the xxx century, is considered to be the most theologically perfect icon ever made.  It is the highest achievement of Russian art–and a masterpiece by any standards. It is based on the Old … Continue reading

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Praying with St. Monica for the lost sheep

St. Monica. My hero.  She was the first saint that I thought of to include in my icon for the strayed-away lambs of the church. We don’t know too much about her, most of what we do know comes from … Continue reading

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Icon for the Lost Sheep

A prayer from Isaiah 45:8, and 2 Timothy 2:10. Lord, let your mercy descend like the dew from above on your children. Let the hearts of our loved ones be opened and your salvation bud forth, that they might obtain … Continue reading

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St. John Bosco Icon

One of the saddest things that I witness in our society is the large number of runaway children.  Rebellious.  Rejected. Abused. Unloved.   Emotionally or physically abandoned children with no place to go.  All too often, they are victimized and become … Continue reading

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Prayers for those who have left the Church

The Gospel reading from December 7 is one of my favorites.  You know the one, from Luke:5, where the paralyzed man is lowered, by his loved ones, through a hole in the roof to Jesus, who first forgives his sins, … Continue reading

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