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Icons for Lent

Lent is almost here.  I have set up my “beautiful corner” for the prayers and images for the season.   I find myself drawn to certain of my icons during Lent, and create a home altar to contemplate and prepare … Continue reading

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The Icon of Pentecost

This is the festal icon of Holy Pentecost.  This particular version is Russian, likely painted in the 16th Century for the Cathedral of St. Sophia in the city of Novgorod. It might not be what you expected to see for … Continue reading

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The Virgin of the Sign

This is the most recent icon which I have completed. It is done in egg tempera on a piece of mat board, with a few layers of gesso (a substance like plaster) applied to make a smoother surface.  It is … Continue reading

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Symbolic Scallops

The scallop shell has been an important symbol for people throughout many ages and cultures.  It was regarded by some as a symbol of the womb, of fertility.  Others saw its converging lines as a reminder of the rising sun. … Continue reading

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Red Mary, Blue Mary

As you look at icons of the Mother of God, and compare them to  more familiar Western paintings of her, you will probably notice that the color of her garments differs between the two. Western artists, especially more contemporary ones, usually … Continue reading

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