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Christ the Bridegroom Icon

I have received a great gift.  A friend from Romania sent me a beautiful icon which he painted especially for me.  I am so blessed with this image and his generous friendship.  I love this icon.  It is so beautiful. … Continue reading

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Icon Workshop: Holy Theophany Monastery

This past summer I was blessed to be able to attend an icon workshop.  It was quite a surprise for me: disappointing in some ways, opening new vistas in others.  I learned some new techniques, different ways of painting icons, some … Continue reading

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Icon of the Nativity of the Lord

The Orthodox Christmas icon is a bit different from any depiction of the Nativity of Christ in Western art.   It is a bit strange to our eyes,  lacking the sentiments and techniques that we are used to seeing.  It … Continue reading

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Copy or Translation? Writing Icons

from Psalm 107: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, his kindness endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord who is good, whose love endures forever. Give glory to the Lord, for He is good: for his mercy … Continue reading

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The St. Luke Icons

The tradition of the Orthodox Church holds that St. Luke the Evangelist was the first iconographer. Shortly after Pentecost, he painted 3 icons of the Mother of God, painted directly from life.  As Christians were being actively persecuted, these particular … Continue reading

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What is an icon?

What is it you do again?  You mean those little pictures on the computer?? Often when people hear the word “icon”, they think first of computer graphics.  This is, in fact, an apt analogy.  A computer icon is a 2D … Continue reading

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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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2 Surprises (at least) in Every Icon

Every icon provides me with 2 moments of surprised delight, on top of the steady sense of peace and comfort that comes through the combination of work and prayer. The initial stages of painting involve putting a fairly dark, dull undercoat down on the … Continue reading

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Jesus Blesses the Children 3

Every figure in an icon is important, because each one shows a person transformed by the love of God.  I have been giving much thought to the individuals in the Blessing of the Children image.  Although the children are not specifically identified … Continue reading

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