Author Archives: Olga Dytyniak

About Olga Dytyniak

artist, librarian poet, byzantine icon painter, perennial student. Join me on ukrainianbookclub.wordpress.com frangelicoblue.wordpress.com

Coming Back to Life…

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The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be I go … Continue reading

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Wabi Sabi and the Art of Iconography

The world was created by an artist. Hand-made and full of color and irregularity. The artist had a wabi-sabi sense of beauty…a Japanese aesthetic. Nothing too perfect, nothing superfluous. Take man, for example. Or even woman, 2 point O. Do … Continue reading

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The Face of an Icon Looks Back at Me

Perhaps it is only another example of how we create our own reality that every icon we paint somehow ends up mirroring our own face.  Our hand is and is not our own in the painting, but has its own … Continue reading

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Relativity Theory…As I Speed Up, My Work Slows Down

Einstein was such a brain!  His thought experiments  showed  that time begins to slow down as the one moving increases her speed.  This is called time dilation.  As I work on my icons I have gone into a relativity vortex.  This realization struck as … Continue reading

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“The Highest Goal of Life is to Inquire and Create”

I always find it a pleasure to listen to some of the smartest people I know in their wisdom years, to find what they have learned over the course of a life well lived.  As a former educator, I was … Continue reading

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Getting Icons Ready for Showing

Sigh….One might think that after putting in hundreds of hours on a 16 by 24 icon board that, at last! one were finished, but alas, one would be wrong.  I learned this the hard way this past week when I … Continue reading

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An Iconographer’s Studio

All my life I have waited to be an artist.  That is, a practicing artist. Quietly, while I was busy with the stuff of life I studied, went to museums, read books.  Ripened…so to speak. Fortunately for me I did … Continue reading

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Drawing (and painting!) on the Right Side of the Brain

Years ago there was a book published called “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”.  It posited, no–reported that persons with no artistic bent could replicate an image were they to copy it while viewing it upside down. This … Continue reading

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Artists and Craftspeople and Iconography

When I attended a beginner’s workshop in iconography I was taught that it was imperative to follow the old icons.  We used tracings of icons that have been “copied” hundreds of times across the centuries.  The teacher was an elderly … Continue reading

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