|Various sizes of prepared icon panels|
For every application of the mixture we first put it in the baigne-marie so it becomes liquid
|Various sizes of prepared icon panels|
|Picture collage with the three final stages|
|Danish St Barbara on the broken paddle|
|The Good Shepherd painted in a slice of an olive wood branch|
A slice cut from an old olive branch that was left to to dry for a couple of years so to reveal a part of the Parable of the Lost Sheep: “…Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost./ Συγχάρητέ μοι ὅτι εὗρον τὸ πρόβατόν μου τὸ ἀπολωλός…” [Luke 15:6 KJV]
|First drawing on olive wood covered with gesso|
The painting was created with egg tempera. On top of the colors shellac (goma- laca) and a final layer of “keronefto” a mixture of wax and turpentine was used to permanently seal the colors.
As tradition demands a full “sensory” experience while participating in the worship -“Keronefto” is meant to invoke the sense of smell apart from the other more obvious senses of sight and touch- and open the way to the awakening of the heart- but that is what I think painting is all about…
|A view fro m the top parable of the Lost Sheep|
The sugared almonds/Jordan almonds/koufeta/confetti have a symbolical meaning demonstrating the balance between life’s bitterness and hardship (almond) and its beauty and sweetness (sugar coat).
|Wedding Bomboniere with satin bags and tulle inside|
Koufeta are given to each guest in indivisible odd numbers (3,5,7). The more common are 3 (the Holy Triad) and 5.
So how can we make our own tulle and koufeta pouch?
|Tulle and lace for a baptism|
|St Marina with the hammer beating the devil|
A very popular Saint where in my region (in the Monastery in the village of Vonni, in Crete a great panygyri (religious feast) is held for three days (15, 16 and 17 July in her day) and people from all over Crete are reaching there in a pilgrimage by foot. You may learn more about the monastery and the pilgrimage in : http://orthodoxcrete.com/en/places/monastery-of-st-marina-boni/
|St Margaret of Antioch|
|St John the Baptist|
I love my land- A land of living history, where you can still find Holy men, hidden in its very rocks.
I added egg white on top to fix the red color of the soil. It was the same soil that made the base for “flesh” of the Baptist. Afterwards I ve used variations of brown egg tempera to create the shadows on the face- ochre cinnabar and white, even plain white, for the highlights.
I finally added acrylics for the gold and a generous double layer of shellac to perfectly seal the colors.
|Vintage style icon of Saint Alexis the man of God|
I always vintage Russian icons and I particularly loved one of the “popular” themes of Russian iconography and religious storytelling – The life and imaging of Alexis the Man of God.The Saint’s story, a story of humility and anonymity is very moving let me quote orthodoxwiki.org here:
“… The rare title, “Man of God,” was bestowed on St. Alexios for the manner in which he gave himself over to Jesus Christ…. He kept his true identity a secret for an entire lifetime rather than run the risk of betraying the Master through his own emotions and there is no telling how much mental anguish he suffered in silence for the sake of his commitment….” (http://orthodoxwiki.org/Alexios_the_Man_of_God)
I tried to represent Him using a special technique to make the icon look old- The icon was hand painted, with several layers of egg tempera, on a special gessoed canvas that was wrinkled after painting, and then covered on edges with a special plant dye that gives the icon an antique patina.
|The wrinkled canvas with the painting of St Alexios on the wooden panel|
The same dye was used to paint the wood that the canvas was attached on. Finally the icon was sealed with traditional wax varnish (or keronefto in Greek )made with turpentine and wax to add the a scent – “the scent of sanctity” as it is traditionally done in byzantine icons.
|Feast of the Protection of Theotokos- Aghia Skepe or Pokrova icon|
I did the painting in a thin panel, using acrylics for the cloud background and egg tempera for the figure of the Holy Mother. Finally the colors were covered with shellac and sealed with resin varnish.
|The Byzantine icons of Sts Theodora and Euphrosene|
There is also a connection between them that I considered a nice coincidence and a good “omen” for this commission: the Holy Empress when retired chose the monastic life for the 8 final years of her life, in the Monastery of St Eufrosyni in Constantinople.
Sometimes icons seem to “choose” one another!
|Fleeing mama. in olive wood|
A mama holding her Child in her back, running away fleeing from war. I hope my work has more to say than I do, in words. To say how I feel, about this mama and all mothers and all people that abandon their homes for safety, for freedom, for peace…
|A painting with egg tempera on gesso|
The painting was executed with tempera. shellac and finally resin varnish was added- You can see its size in relation with my (small) hands
You can see more in: https://www.etsy.com/listing/258351760/fleeing-from-war-ooak-painting-in-olive?ref=shop_home_active_5