Icon Diploma Student

Learning to see with the eye of the heart

Posts tagged ‘Nativity’

Thy Perfect Light

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For our third and final year, we each worked on a festal icon of our choice. We were invited to study different prototoypes and design our own icon emphasising a particular aspect of the feast. I chose the Nativity, with a theme of praise and thanksgiving.

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Given all the figures in this icon, I set it all out to fit on a large birch ply board. To get some practice first,  I painted a few colour studies in egg tempera on very thick, smooth watercolour paper then mounted them all in a work book.

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I prefer working on the smaller individual studies as I found it a bit awkward to work on the large board – in many ways it wasn’t anywhere near large enough! I love how in frescos, the scenes are painted almost life size.

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Church of St Nicholas Orphanos, Thessaloniki

The images which follow are mostly from my workbook.

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For now though, I would just like to thank you once again for reading and for joining me as I make my way learning how to paint icons.

I wish you all a peaceful and blessed Christmas and will be back in touch in the New Year.

Ronnie

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Saint Joseph

 

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Cropped section from the finished icon (which can be seen in full in the Gallery section of this blog).

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