Tuesday, 15 December 2015

adding in the underpainting for the flames and repainting the rocks of mount Sinai

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Darkening the underpainting, (the red will be Gold)
i the background is Sainai, Mount Horeb
the place Moses Encountered the Burning Bush.
Mary is the new burning bush the bush that is aflame but not consumed. 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

New Icon for Advent, Our Lady of the Burning Bush

the underpainting.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Here is my lovely St Marko

Thursday, 29 October 2015

next stages of the icon, 
modelling the garments and the face

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The next stages of the icon
inking in the lines, adding the 23crt gold leaf
blocking in the background colours.

Friday, 23 October 2015

vodka, egg yolk and cooled boiled water are the ingredients to bind 
and suspend the natural pigments. Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

A new icon on St Mark for the Maltfriscan Community.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

This is my finished icon, Christ Pantocrator. 
Five days of contemplation, reflection, prayer and inspiration.
Blessed by Fr Chris Perrins at Rydal Hall and Fr Richard at St Joseph's Pudsey. 

  Amidst wintry branches
the sap rises
there is new life, new growth, 

As I painted in the details, the face became animated, full of life
especially the eyes, it was like recognising someone I knew.

 There have been dark shades to pass through
narrow passages
before a metaphorical rebirth
into a new way of thinking, praying, believing 

Life giving waters
joyous upsurge and out-pouring.

Image result for our lady of life giving spring
A traditional Icon in the Byzantine style.
Our Lady of Life-Giving Springs.

 In icons the background is GOLD pure gold.
It represents infinity space.
The timeless time in which God exists.
My infinity space is the ever changing sky.

 The Path.
on my morning ramble I went along Coffin Trail. The historic path parishioners would bring their dead to be buried at Grassmere as Ryale St Marys is too rocky and craggy to have a graveyard.
The path, going onwards and upwards. I will follow.

Our Lady of the Burning Bush. St Catherine's Monastery Mount Sinai.
take your shoes off you are on holy ground. 
A future project.
Loughrigg Fell and Rydal Water
Last day of the icon course
it has been a time of reflection thinking about the past year and my creative output.
Reflecting on this protracted year of grieving 
wondering what's next

looking at my icon on the last morning I had a brief moment of wavering 
- will I get this done? 
I have so much to complete and I seem to have left all the fiddly bits till the last day .
Trust Believe Receive.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

 Day four of the icon course.

 Today is all about the face, putting in tone, contour, flesh, warmth, expression.

 Practicing beards.
at this point I discovered in the Robin Cormack book, 'Icons; the British Museum' 2007 an icon from the collection of the Holy Monastery of St Catherine, Sinai. Icon with Christ, Byzantine (Constantinople) 6th Century.

 a moment of reflection and shadows

 I took the face back to darkness, to remodel the light.

 so some of these look a bit samey, but believe me, there are so many layers of tempera 
and hours of painting.

 It is going somewhere now.

 It puts me a little behind the other iconographers but this is ok. 
I'm happy to go at my own pace

 geometric garments, softness of face.

 During lunch I happened upon Wordsworth's house
this is his Spice Cupboard from 1710
and his couch. every artist must have a couch to muse on.

 Back to work, it is coming together now.

 getting lighter

 adding feature and expression.

This is where I left my work on day four.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

 Day three of the icon course.
so the robes are finished, now onto the HAIR.
lots of layers of different browns and ochre.

 here is my testers of different browns, 
burnt umber, raw umber, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, 

 next onto the skin tones. 
starting with the darkest tone of Avana Ochre
then onto orange, and then shades of yellow.

 more layers and layers

 keep layering the skin tones

this is where I left it on day three.