Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Students and their icons from the weekend workshop at my studio

Student's icons from the summer weekend workshop

Each did very good work!  The workshop was 2 1/2 days.  The participants completed most of thier icons during that time, with a few of the details to finish after.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ikonkids: 7th and 8th graders paint icons during Lent

 The 7th and 8th graders at St. Patrick's Grammar School in Portsmouth, NH,  spent five Fridays during Lent painting the Face of Christ.  The students each painted his or her own icon themselves in the traditional manner, using egg-tempera on wood. Click here to read an article about the experience.
 Emily's fine icon.
 The icons were all blessed during the liturgy of Holy Week.  Then the students took their icons home for the Easter.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Angel of Art and Longing

egg-tempera painting

Monday, April 28, 2014

"Angel-Messenger of He Who Is"

Malak YHWH: "Angel-Messenger of He Who Is"
egg-tempera and gold leaf

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mary Icon

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lamske (Little Lamb)

an icon made for my cousin Peter's mother, whose nickname is Lamske

Sunday, October 27, 2013

What is an angel

(Archangel Michael: egg-tempera and gold leaf--Egyptian Coptic style)

I think that Angels exist--but I also think that there are no such things as angels.
That might sound contradictory.
The word 'angel' does not name a kind of thing--it means 'messenger', and refers to non-human intelligences that communicate (give messages) to humans, whatever those messenger-beings actually are.
In themselves they seem to be unimaginable, yet we imagine them and relate to them through images.
But we would be mistaken to take the images, or even our concepts, too literally.
According to Thomas Aquinas, the word 'angel' is not the name of species or genus--that is, 'angel' is not like our words 'dog' or 'animal'; there is no kind or species of creature in the universe of the nature 'angel'.  Rather there are whole worlds of other conscious and intelligent beings in the universe.  We become aware of them as they act on us or communicate with us.  And so we name them 'the messengers'--but that does not say what they are or that they are all one kind of thing.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

a small nativity icon

about 6 1/2 by 4 inches


This is a Syrian style icon. The red background is hand-ground cinnabar.