This has been one of the warmest summers in my memory- and it’s very welcome! It’s been a summer filled with icons, either through teaching classes or working on commissions, or finishing up my book.
I’ve been working on the drawings for a life size Mary Mother of God Icon this summer. Finally getting close to the image we will use. It’s going to be amazing! This is for a church in Palm Beach, Florida.
My new book is with the editor now, and it’s getting excitingly close to publishing time. The working title so far is: “Eyes of Fire: How Icons Saved My Life as an Artist. It has a bit of my personal journey of discovery of Icons and a lot about Icon painting, the development of art, contemporary painting and the twenty first century culture we live in. There is also a section on the most concise method of icon writing that I like to teach to new and advanced students. I will keep you posted as to when it will be published- as an ebook on Amazon.
Color and Light Icon Retreat at Holy Cross
We had an amazing retreat in July at Holy Cross, writing the Good Shepherd icon. It was a meaningful retreat for all, and I introduced a simplified color mixing system that even beginners were able to practice. I love teaching these retreats and meeting so many truly wonderful people. And, as always, the monks at Holy Cross were so hospitable and fun to talk with.
Perspective in Icons
This is the next retreat I am teaching at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. It is right on the Hudson river! I will be teaching some of the sacred geometry principles that go into making an iconographic composition. This is one of the main elements that sets an Icon apart from a religious painting so it’s important to know about it.
Move to Florida
As many of you know, I am moving my studio and home to Florida this fall. I have a lovely studio just a short walk from our condo and I am already working there. Don’t worry, we will still be up in New York for 3-4 months a year and I hope to keep teaching at Holy Cross Monastery each year.
That’s all the news for now. Stay in touch, and may God bless you in all that you do,