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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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I Learn by Going Where I Need To Go

An icon writer is born, not made.  Like all great artists, she or he can not not paint.  It is the reason for one’s very existence.  This feeling consumes you and infiltrates most areas of your daily life.   You … Continue reading

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but back to the beauty of Byzantine Christianity

Christian orthodoxy continued The Christian churches in all the Balkans — this includes the Czechoslovakians, Romanians, Poles and others not already mentioned have always retained uninterrupted liturgies and church arts that the Russian Orthodox have claimed as only theirs.  And … Continue reading

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The Beauty of the Spider’s Spirit

“Years ago, I became committed to the art of pottery.  I had a vision of the perfect pot.  It haunted my imagination, even my dreams.    It was an utterly simple form; it had a beautiful shining, white glaze.  The … Continue reading

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Ancient Greek Images in Byzantine Art…video

for those who presume to think that any generation has any unique contribution to the history of mankind… Відео запис. Source: Античність очима візантійців: міфічні та історичні постаті й події Стародавньої Греції на мініатюрах візантійських рукописів (відео)

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Come to Know Christ by Gazing Upon Him

I have been reading “The Way Of Simplicity” by Esther de Wall.  This book is a historical treatment of the habits of Cistercian monks and how silent prayer came to be such an integral part of their practice.  Much of … Continue reading

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I Play My Drum For You…

The drummer boy had no gift to bring the Christ child and so he gave the ability he had to play the drum. It is humbling to me to feel a kindred spirit with that little drummer boy as I … Continue reading

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Nothing New Under the Sun…Yet

It is well known in the field of literature that the same few themes recur in the human drama of life regardless of the time in which the people live. Good versus evil, sibling rivalry, unrequited love, the hero’s journey … Continue reading

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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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