Icon Diploma Student

Learning to see with the eye of the heart


Ronnie Cruwys with Mandilion and St Francis

Ronnie Cruwys with Mandilion and St Francis

I was a student on Aidan Hart’s 2013-2016 Icon Diploma programme, run by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. This was such a privilege that I began this blog to share some of the experience with others who wish to learn about painting icons.

All the icons on this website are painted with egg tempera and gilded with 23 or 24ct gold leaf.

Icons are for sale in my Etsy shop where still available and I do paint new ones from time to time but I am no longer taking commissions.

With a background as a former conservation architect, I maintain my love of old buildings and my architectural artwork can be seen here at www.drawingthestreet.co.uk

Ronnie Cruwys

8 Responses to “About”

  1. alisonogle

    Ronnie, I am full of admiration for your work and this blog which I’ve come to from your other delightful architectural drawing one. I am in awe of your dedication to this arcane skill, and I hope you occasionally scroll back down through your own posts and see how far you have come since the beginning! Best wishes for continuing artistic development in this new year.

    • ronniecruwys

      Thank you Alison! Much appreciate the time you have taken to look at my blogs. Yes, it is quite a surprise (and funny!) to look back on my start-up work, but I hope it stands as encouragement for anyone interested in learning art in any shape or form. Thanks so much for the follow as your own work/blog is wonderful!

  2. emikaparker

    I am so happy I came across your blog! I have always wanted to learn more about iconography — especially the nitty gritty of all the materials. Thank you so much for sharing everything here. Your work is beautiful.

    • ronniecruwys

      Thank you so much! I am only sorry I haven’t been posting recently but hope to put that right soon now that our classes have started back up. I have had my nose to the grindstone over the summer on my dissertation which forms part of the course. I hope to post what I have been up to in stages. It’s a practical theme on lettering for icons so I hope it is useful. Thanks again for reading and dont hesitate to ask questions – I may not have any answers but I can always ask Aidan on your behalf.

  3. Craig

    May I please contact you about using a HD image of one of your icons for personal, non commericial use as part of a nativity scene outside my house?
    I would be happy to email you with more details

    • ronniecruwys

      Thank you so much Cath! After three years ‘off the icon radar’ so to speak, I drafted out a new post last night…picking up where I left off. What an encouraging message to receive- thanks again! Ronnie 🙂


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