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.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Icon III what I have learned

What I have learned from this.
Don’t set off with a half thought plan
Think through.
Make sure you have the right equipment.
Don’t paint in the kitchen.
Use good methods,
Well researched processes
and practiced techniques, practice a lot.
Work carefully and silently.
Do things in the right order
Pray a lot
Step back now and again
Take breaks to think and reflect
Have energy
Don’t be tired.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Three phases of the eclipse of the moon are for Mary’s robe
Our Lady of the Sign
Our Lady Platytera, Hogetria,
More Spacious than Heavens, God Bearer.

O Moon.
Those nights in my Stanningley studio
The huge windows a panoptican of the sky.

Clouds and the moon moving
From one window to the next, across a wall of three huge windows.
As I sit drawing
aspects as they pass
In white ink
In black ink
In silver ink
the moon phases on.
Our Lady of Guadalupe shines and emits her light.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

the underpainting for my Lady Burning Bush