Hello icon friends!
Part of our homework over the summer has been to gesso our own boards from scratch to reinforce what we learnt at Dylan Hartley’s workshop a few months ago. By the way – Dylan sends his love to the group and wished us well for the day!
One of my fellow icon students, Susan Mobberley, runs a weekly icon painting session where members of the St Luke’s Icon Centre meet weekly to paint and pray in the sacred context of St Laurence Church, Rowington, Warwickshire.
13th century tower of St Laurence Church, Rowington, Warwickshire
Lee and I were delighted to be able to join the group on the recent ‘gesso day’. It was a treat to experience the wonderful hospitality and companionship that is flourishing in this small but dedicated gathering.
Gessoing boards is messy and long-winded! It requires a lot of floor and fabric protection, at least 7 hours of even tempers and even temperatures, so once the dust sheets are down, the setting within the church is ideal. No phones or distractions, just concentrated effort.
Dylan – if you are reading this – our thanks for your clear instructions and for drumming it in that for the best results, stick to the rules!
St Luke’s Icon team – a big thank you for making your guests so welcome.
Last but by no means least, it was the feast of St Lawrence of Rome yesterday, 10th August. There is an interesting blog written by the British Library on illuminated manuscripts and yesterday it featured St Lawrence as a tribute on his feast day.
Thanks for reading.