Holy Icons in the Modern World: The Art of Christine Hales Russian Icons Gallery: This month, my work has been blessed with some international attention
New Christian Icons are holy icons for today’s church. Since Holy Icons originate in the very early centuries of Christianity, they are strong reminders of our faith. Today, new Christian icons are painted as expressions of our faith as we experience it today. Because icons are understood as windows into eternity for a young generation of Christians, we continue to create them with great joy.
NEW CHRISTIAN ICONS are a form of visual symbolic language while also telling the story of the Gospel and Old Testament. They show us the way to deeper relationship to God. As each element in an Icon is there for a reason, they tell the Gospel story. Also they convey the qualities and deep spirituality of the saint depicted.
The discipline of Icon writing is a sacred art guided by the Holy Spirit that also respects Church Tradition. Since there are many varieties of styles existing within the Tradition they are a manifestation of unity through diversity inspired by the Holy Spirit.
“I have studied the art of creating icons under Christine Simoneau Hales’ tutelage, over the past ten years. It is through Christine’s giftedness as an artist and teacher, that a whole new world has opened up for me. Through her classes, I learned not only about the tradition and techniques of Byzantine iconography, but also about the spirit that imbues this art form.
Patiently, week by week, Christine has led a group of us student iconographers to develop our skills in handling the tools of our art (wood panel, egg tempera, and gold leaf), and in using color and form to express our prayers in a temporal medium. As we fledgling icon artists became more skilled and confident in the traditions of Byzantine iconography, Christine has guided us to build on those traditions in order to find a voice that would speak to people in today’s world.” D. Herring
You Can Also Study LIVE ON LINE WITH ZOOM:
LIVE ON LINE ICON PAINTING CLASSES January 25-28, 2022 ***Painting and Drawing an The Epiphany, or Baptism of Jesus Icon LIVE ON ZOOM***
January 25-28, 2022: Drawing and Painting an Evangelist Icon
This is a unique opportunity to learn Iconographic drawing principles online while viewing in your own time, at your own pace. Somethings take more time than others, and I think this process with be a big help to people just beginning or to more advanced painters who want time to make corrections in their work.
Each step of writing the icon will be demonstrated and a recording of each class will be provided for each student to review each day.
This class goes in depth into composition in icons- another essential element in the power and beauty of icons that helps them tell the story of that particular icons. Each great icon can be studied in relation to the scared geometry used in its composition. We paint an icon of one of the Baptism of Jesus in this class.
This class is an essential and fascinating guide to composition and spiritual flow within icons, from basic principles, historical examples of icon compositional development, to practical applications and exercises.
The Class Schedule is as follows: Tuesday, 9:00-10:30am EST, 2:00Pm-3:30PM: Wednesday, 9:00AM-10:30AM, 2:00PM-3:30PM: Thursday, 9:00AM-10:30 AM, 2:00PM-3:30PM: Friday, 9:00-10:30AM, 2:00-3:30PM. Recordings will be available for any missed classes. Learn More
“I took a course with the author of this book and was quite impressed by her depth of knowledge and love for the work. In this book, I learned a little about art history, which I knew nothing about, and learned more about the writing of icons. Iconography is a wonderful was of expressing the Divine to our senses. It is not, however, a “free art form” but quite a discipline. The author uses her icons to express her love for God and she prays, studies and contemplates the divine as she works. In her course I noticed her understanding of the sacred work that we were making. I love the icon I made with Christine and have wanted to read her book and review it ever since that day when I took her course.
The book is a window into the soul of an artist whom God has enlightened and commissioned to relate His story of love for all mankind through iconography.
I enjoyed this book and hope you will too!”
Christine Calabrese, Indie Author
Christine Hales Icon Prints
Christine’s new Icon Print Website has an amazing array of choices available. You can choose sizes, have it printed on canvas, wood, metal or paper and choose a frame as well. There’s even a wonderful feature that allows you to see what the print would look like on the wall!
Christine Hales Icons Visit the site- a beautiful Icon print makes the perfect gift.
Christine Hales retains all of the copyrights to all of her artwork on this site, regardless of having sold the original image. You must contact Christine or her legal advisors in order to use an image for commercial purposes, whether or not you now own the original artwork. Thank you.
Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Washington State, commissioned for the as a memorial to the passing of a loved one, this Christ Pantocrator Icon.
This Icon is painted to be the front of a tabernacle on the altar of the school chapel. The reverse side is double gilded gold leaf.
God’s love can sometimes be apprehended through an Icon more easily than a book, or sermon. Our culture is desperately in need of God’s love, and since images speak directly to our hearts, icons speak to many people. In addition to the joy we have in writing the Icon, we can share it with many, many people. Writing icons can be an act of service, giving and sharing the talents we have been blessed with. Icons speak to us today using the images, symbols and spiritual foundations of the Christian Church.
For more on how to commission an Icon click here.