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Why Icons?

So why do you like them, people ask?  Arty types say they are just craft at best, and mere uncreative copying at worst.  Others say they are stiff, archaic, and not so pretty.  So why am I, and many others, … Continue reading

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Divine Mercy Icon

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. I have wanted to write the icon of the Divine Mercy for quite a while. It can be difficult to know how to write a “Catholic icon”, which depicts a devotion popular mainly in the … Continue reading

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What’s So Sacred About Geometry?

From Webster’s Dictionary: sacred:  pp of sacren, to consecrate.   1a: dedicated to or set apart for the service or worship of a diety.  1b: devoted exclusively to one service or use.  2a: worthy of religious exercises; holy.  2b: entitled … Continue reading

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Images of God

Before the Incarnation, there were no images made of God.  In fact, it was expressly forbidden.  But because God took on flesh and became one of us, He then had a specific appearance in time and place, and thus it … 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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It seemed like a good idea at the time . . .

. . . and it probably still is.  Just way more work than anticipated. I am organizing an icon exhibit at a local Catholic gift/book store.  The theme is “The Holy Saints”. I have gathered up the work of 7 … Continue reading

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An Icon? or a Religious Painting?

An icon is different from a religious painting.  (The latter includes private devotional images like the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Divine Mercy, as well as images of apparitions such as Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Fatima.) It is sometimes difficult … Continue reading

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Images in Cloth 16

Every important figure in an icon is named, and thus we needed to write the names onto our quilt.  We decided to do this by embroidering the letters onto the fabric.  I had the honor of doing so, and received a terrifyingly quick … Continue reading

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Translating Icons

People often think that icons are merely copies and reproductions of what has gone before.  In actuality, as a continuation of holy Tradition, a contemporary icon is a translation rather than a copy.  It is freshly rendered with the artistic expression and individual style of a unique … Continue reading

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Icon Writing

They told us in my first icon workshop that one “writes” icons rather than “paints” them.  This is because an icon is the Gospel written in line and color, a witness and testimony to the Good News through the language … Continue reading

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