Monday, 18 January 2016

Just when I think I am getting there with this icon, I am shown that I must change something, and I have to be open to that change even thought I'm so stubborn and I don't want to make more work for myself, there is a prompting and I have to alter it. 
Here I have added green to the foliage, taken it right down to the halos, strengthened the faces and hands, deepened the blue of the gown. 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

modelling on the himation (red robe)
 starts to give it movement

outlining foliage - this will look different once the 
yellow-green and white highlights go on.

Friday, 15 January 2016

re cut the halo 
and re painted the background, make the hands smaller.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

after painting on shellac over the cadmium red
then the Japan size is painted on, wait two hours
and then gild with 24 carat gold.

the lettering and halo lettering next.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

bush - bramble- βατος

Monday, 11 January 2016

repainting the red background and halos
for the gold to be applied.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

the repainting for the underpainting looks very transparent and unsubstantial, 
but egg tempera is slow crafting 
and the layers have to go on 
one by one, 
there is no short cut 
or rushing. 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

after the onion gravy accident 
I had to sand the icon right back to the wood.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

A holiday can be a good time to catch inspiration unawares.
The fire of the 'Burning Bush' icon took on new meaning once I realised 
what a lot of effort it is tending and keeping a fire burning.

 these brambles and bushes were food for thought on the 
foliage element of the icon. Spiky, angular, not too leafy.

a gargoyle from Kirkbymoorside parish church Norman(?)
simplified face in 'ideal' proportions.

away time is excellent for that. 

Had a bit of a drastic rethink of the icon, 
there was a small accident with a pan of onion gravy
which meant a total repaint.
Same design but a rethink about 
the size of the figure in relation to the mountain
some of the colours needed altering slightly.
A good chance to reflect and re-write.
A week away in Kirkbymoorside, away from everything 
was just the break I needed to make some brave changes in the icon.