Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day 4: Surprise Early Finish!

Today St. Peter's Iconographers finished their icons!  We'd planned for a 5 day workshop, but they worked hard all week, and wrapped up today, in 4... Getting a good picture of all of them together was a challenge, but we'll try again on Sunday when the varnish is dry.  Well done, all!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Christ Pantocrator: Day 3, Faces!

Today our iconographers laid in the faces of their icons, beginning with "Second Flesh" and adding lighter and lighter paint, gathering the light in the center of the face and nearest they eyes... Eventually the eye details and beard are added. And suddenly there is Jesus, staring back at us!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Christ Pantocrator: Day 2

Today we began highlighting the hair, drapery and detailed the halo...

The first highlight of the hair is a simple Burnt Siennna...

Raw Sienna is added in greater and greater amounts, with the light drawing closer and closer to the face...

The Drapery continues the pattern of the lightest light being nearest the face...

And the fun details on the halo are a playful way to end the day...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Christ Pantocrator: Day 1

Today 12 iconographers at St. Peter's laid in the darkest, shadow colors of their icons.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Christ Pantocrator: This week at St. Peter's!

This week at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Del Mar, CA, 12 iconographers will write this icon of the Christ Pantocrator. It's based on the icon below. This will be a beginners' class, and so we will be focusing on the face only, learning the basic techniques of writing icons.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Forward Movement, icon booklets, cards, art prints...

Thank you to Forward Movement for the opportunity to offer booklets on writing and praying with icons, and for making available art prints, prayer cards and note cards based on the four icons that are the cover art for Forward Day by Day this year.

If you are so inclined, you may visit this page at Forward Movement, and investigate the possibilities.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The White Angel of Serbia: the icons are Blessed

My thanks again to St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs, Florida, for the opportunity to lead this iconography workshop.  On Sunday, March 30, the St. Mary's iconographers had their icons blessed by being on (and around) the altar during the celebration of the Eucharist. In addition, this traditional prayer was read.

A prayer upon completing an icon

You, yourself, O Lord,
Are the fulfillment and completion
Of all good things.
Fill my soul with joy and gladness,
For you alone are the Lover of Humankind.

Let your grace sanctify and dwell
Within this icon,
That it may edify and inspire those
Who gaze upon it and venerate it,
That in glorifying the one depicted,
They may be repentant of their sins
And strengthened against every attack
Of the adversary.

Through the prayers of the Theotokos,
The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke,
And all the Saints,

O Savior, save us!