Monthly Archives: July 2015

They pick me

I spend several hours each day looking at icon images in books and online. When I find one I am especially drawn to, I usually copy it into a computer file for future reference. The icon may be one that … Continue reading

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Where to Purchase Art Supplies for Iconography

Where should you purchase your art supplies?  The answer will surprise you.  It turns out that artist supplies are a market commodity and as such charges are established at what the market will bear.  In other words, if you fancy … Continue reading

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All Creativity Builds on What Came Before…

“The student is not an isolated force. He belongs to a great brotherhood, bears great kinship to his kind. He takes and he gives. He benefits by taking and he benefits by giving.” These words clarify a feeling I myself … Continue reading

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Whatever you dream you can do, or think you can do — begin it…

    “Whatever you dream you can do, or think you can do — begin it, for boldness has genius and power and magic within it.” These words were spoken by Goethe centuries ago, but many wise people have lived by … Continue reading

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Medium as Message

  Often as I work, in fact, always, at some point I feel I have ruined an icon with some over painting or other. Particularly on skin, a float usually will help to blend out imperfections, the idea being that … Continue reading

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Discernment and the Spiral Path

As I continue to paint and study, I recognize that examples I once felt were fine have nothing of value for me.  My vision has sharpened, and I can now distinguish between those icons that are of average skill, and … Continue reading

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John, angel of the desert

I cannot look into the eyes of an icon for weeks at a time without forming a personal, loving relationship with the source of that image.  In this case John the Baptist.  If I were to play a game and … Continue reading

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