Thursday, July 1, 2010
Many hands....make good souls...and Icons!
Occasionally one of us would have trouble on a particular part--making a round eye, using the painters compass for making the halo, mixing the right color of paint to match the paint already applied. It was then that one instructor particularly would honestly say...."would you like me to help, it is my gift to you." What was amazing was that some of the most accomplished iconographers in my group would naturally say: "Yes, of course." And a moment later the eye was fixed or the color was perfect. There was a sense that each and every icon was the result of community.
I learned a lot about icons at this workshop, a lot about Orthodoxy, but I think the real gift was the experience of honest to goodness community. OK...so how did it turn out? The top picture is the chaos of my table with my icon about half done. The picture here at the bottom of John the Baptist..that's the finished product. (I've got to oil it in two weeks to harden the paint and bring out some of the colors...but that's it!) Be kind!!!