An Icon is art, but more than art.
News from The Studio
Nearly Finished Nickolas
After making a St. Nicholas coloring page for my friends here in Jackson, I decided to go ahead and paint the icon. This one is painted with acrylic. I had four boards for that medium on hand. Also, acrylic paint needs very little time to cure before it can be sealed and sent off to a new home. Egg takes a year, no joke. And, I will probably be moving again in six months.  

Now, you might think that I used the red and green because they are the colors of Christmas. Not so. The prototype of this image was created in the Russian Novogorad School in the thirteenth century. Those guys were famous for their red backgrounds. Indeed, I had to mix some real cinnabar into the acrylic to get the rich red. Even today cinnabar is an expensive pigment that I ordered from China. Go to my St. Nicholas Day blog post to read more and download a coloring page. 

I pray you have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

More Than an Artist*

About a week ago, I realized that I needed to put some sort of biography on my blog. I sharpened my pencil and began. It turned into a reflection on my artistic path to being an iconographer. There is nothing about where I went to school or how many children I have. 

As is often the case, I learned something about myself as I wrote. Go here to read more.

*An icon is often referred to as "art, but more than art."

I still need to write the real biography. 

A Brush with God 

Fr. Peter Pearson's first book, A Brush with God, is an outstanding, easy-to-understand introduction to iconography--both theory and practice. I refer to it often.   Read my review here


Studio Hacks - for fellow iconographers

Ruling pens for drawing haloes and straight lines have consistently been my nemesis. Research and experimentation have led me to feel more comfortable with the process. Read my blog post here to learn more.
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