Sunday, 18 September 2016

the flat abstraction of the shapes and colours together

Francis with the Gospels and Clare with the eucharist

flanked by Sister moon and brother sun

an icon for the Maltfriscans

Father Francis and Mother Clare

Sunday, 14 August 2016

completed icon of st Mary Magdalene

here is a piece on Mary Magdalene from the Orthodox Chrisitian web site: site

The Life of Mary Magdalene

First, a word about this Saint, one of the holy Myrrh Bearers and Equal to the Apostles, Mary Magdalene.She is NOT in any way whatsoever as portrayed in that blasphemous and sacrilegious contemporary novel titled the DaVinci Code.

Mary Magdalene was a Jewish woman, of the tribe of Isaachar, born in the city of Magdala (thus her name, "Mary of Magdala" or "Mary Magdalene"). Her family was very devout and she was raised in traditional Jewish piety.

She was orphaned at the age of ten, but continued her pious life while growing up among her extended family, attending the synagogue frequently and reading the Scriptures. By the way, it was not uncommon for Jewish women of that time to be educated and to read the Scriptures at home.

Mary was afflicted with seven demons: those of pride, envy, wrath, avarice, sloth, gluttony, and lust. Mary struggled against the fierce attacks of these demons, and never succumbed to them. She was unable, by her own power, to totally cast them away from herself, and it was thus necessary for Jesus Himself to cast these demons out of her. Mary Magdalene is referred to in the New Testament as the "woman out of Whom Jesus cast the seven demons."

Mary Magdalene was about six years younger than [Mary Mother of Jesus]the Panagia, the Theotokos, and was well known to her. The Mother of God loved her like a sister, and it is thus not surprising that Mary of Magdala became one of her Son's followers. Apparently she was a woman of some means, and her family of some significance for she helped support the work of Jesus and His disciples, and later had access to Caesar in Rome.

After Jesus' death and burial, Mary Magdalene was naturally among His kinswomen who came to the tomb early in the morning to complete the process of preparing His body for burial since Joseph of Arimathea and Nikodemos were forced to do so hurriedly on Friday afternoon before the sun set and the Sabbath began.

After the resurrection, Mary Magdalene became a strong witness and traveling preacher of the Gospel, and for this she is referred to as an "equal to the Apostles." Mary Magdalene died peacefully and was buried in a cave that is said to be the same place where years later the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus were buried. Her relics were later taken to Constantinople.

The Red Egg

Her travels eventually took Mary Magdalene to Rome, where because of her family's standing she was able to obtain an audience with the Roman Emperor, Tiberius Caesar. Her purpose was to protest to him that his governor in Judea, Pontius Pilate, and the two high priests, Annas and Caiaphas, had conspired and executed an innocent man, namely our Lord Jesus Christ.

According to the tradition, everyone visiting the Emperor was supposed to bring him a gift.  Mary Magdalene took an egg (representing the stone which had been rolled away) to the Emperor's palace and handed it to Tiberius Caesar with the greeting: "Christ is risen!" Tiberius Caesar, naturally, could not believe what he heard and responded to her: "How could anyone ever rise from the dead? It is as impossible as that white egg to turn red."

While Tiberius was speaking these words, the egg in the hand of Mary Magdalene began changing color until it finally became bright red. Thus the Pascha greeting -- in universal Christendom, both East and West -- has ever since remained "Christ is risen!" and it became traditional for Christians throughout the world to color eggs in red.

Mary Magdalene then went on to explain to Tiberius Caesar that the now-red egg symbolized life rising from a sealed chamber, Mary Magdalene is painted in iconography holding the red egg once presented to Tiberius Caesar, which she used to explain the mystery of Christ rising from a sealed tomb.

She then assisted St. John the Theologian in Ephesus. She preached boldly the gospel of the Risen Lord whom she loved.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Hagia Maria Magdalena

Monday, 1 August 2016

first layers of lights

drawing in the geometric lines of the robe

Thursday, 28 July 2016

a new icon depicting St Mary Magdalene

based on the icon by Br Robert Lentz OFM.He is my favourite iconographer. 

adding the background colours,the main colour in this icon is going to be red, so I want the gold to have a bluey greeny hue to off set and highlight the reds. 

the gold is so lovely.

Friday, 15 July 2016

small tester of a Rublev angel

Thursday, 14 July 2016

icon of saint Nicholas

starting with a pencil sketch and inscribing the lines

blocking in the colours 

the first stage of lights

adding in the halo and name

painting in the border.

Monday, 20 June 2016

final touches, the border and silvered frame

adding detail to the clothing

completing the halo and lettering

Sunday, 19 June 2016

petit lac stage

reinstating the lines

first few layers of lights

my work space on holiday in County Cork, Molly's Cottage, Pallas Pier.
what an inspirational and beautiful peninsula.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

New icon of the Prophet Daniel (150 BC)  - meaning God is my Judge.
He holds a scroll of biblical text
wears the robes of the prophet to a royal court and a head tefillin showing his Jewish faith. 
(Taken for a slave as a youth to the Persian king Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel rises in favour because of his interpretation of the king's dreams.)

beginning stages of the icon. 

Trying out the gold paint instead of gold leaf.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

begun in October 2015 finished in May 2016.
Our Lady of the Unburned Bush is complete.
Blessed at St Mary Magdalene Church Maltby, By Fr May of the Maltfriscan Community.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

adding white. may take it off again.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

reinstating the features

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Different virgins

Image of the virgin
In a fountain with Jesus on her lap
The water flows from the right
Life giving fountain.

Image of the Virgin – walled garden
She with her baby
She is the fruitful, nourishing walled garden
And on her face she ponders
She sorrows
She sits in a reverie

Burning bush
She is the burning bush
Her clothes a covered in branches of flame and fire
Red hot
Arms outreaching face inward smiling
The promise of the Old Testament

Never fading rose
She is the never fading rose
Her garment – creations plants and flowers
Fruitfully pollinating, blooming in their prime
Her garments overgrown
With fragrant fruitfulness
Baby in her arms.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Note to self when painting an icon.

The lettering to straighten up
Mary’s halo to erase -  half, no all of it
and repaint
Scraped and re-measured - the halos to tidy up
the gilding
with a knife.

This is the third major hack-back. At this point.
The onion gravy incident
The gold over-shoot
The wonky lettering
The flames, at least three different styles of flame
Mary’s head
Mary’s hands
Mary’s face
The mountain

The halos. 
There are so many things wrong with this element alone, 
the initial measuring, 
the over thick application on size making the gold wrinkly.

This is a pure and simple case
Of doing things, 
that is the steps
Of icon painting
In the wrong order.

Trying to use an accurate instrument on a wonky circle is challenging
Just do it right in the first place and all will be well.
A bit like quilting
The seams Have to be perfectly matched up, 
accurately cut, 
correctly pinned, 
expertly sewed
It all has to be right or it ruins the pattern
It messes the whole thing up.
The circle of the halo must be drawn accurately.