Friday, January 25, 2013

Website Update

I have recently begun updating my website with some recent work, like the one pictured in the previous post. It also has new work that is currently available. All of the newer stuff is in oils. I do not have any new icons available at this time. But....

This summer at synod I'll be selling a number of NEW icons that I currently have in production, including:

Christ Pantocrator
Our Lady of Walsingham
St. James the Greater
St. Katherine of Alexandria
St. Nicholas
The Dormition of the Virgin
The Harrowing of Hell
The Raising of Lazarus
The Transfiguration

These are all new compositions. Namely, they are copied from icons that I have never copied before, or themes that I have never painted before.

In addition to these I will have new versions of some of the standard themes that I have done in the past:

St. George Slaying the Dragon (in a few different forms)
Christ Pantocrator
Crucifixion (various forms)
Descent from the Cross
Virgin Eleousa
Mother of Compassion
Virgin Hogiditria
and more...

As with all of my other icons, these are written in the traditional manner using traditional materials and techniques. These will be available in all sorts of sizes, so there will something that will fit into everyone's budget!

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Recent Painting

Here is a painting I did recently that is hanging in the parish hall at church. I wanted to paint the theme "Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints" in a very simple, abstract, yet representational way, using a minimal amount of colors (in this case a "primary" color scheme of red, yellow, and blue). It has been very well-received by everyone who has seen it. The painting measures approximately 48"x 50" 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Experimentation In Art

I feel bad because I have not posted anything in a while. So with the advent of 2013 I have decided to commit to posting on the blog regularly. Despite the non-blogging it has been a busy time... lots of art has been created. The time has been marked by much experimentation.

Experimentation can be a great thing. In years past I have been content with exploring the same limited subject matter: cityscapes, the figure, religious work. Once in a while I would do something else that I really enjoyed: an interior; a landscape. So the last few months I have been "bouncing around" a lot, and painting all sorts of different things, and trying new stuff. Why? Well, for no other reason then to branch out, and not be pigeonholed. Perhaps out of boredom too.... painting the same old thing gets old.

But my period of experimentation has basically lead me back to where I was before... or maybe even a more restricted place. I am now focusing entirely on sacred art. The experimentation was valuable in the sense that it helped me reacquaint myself with me and the art that I am supposed to do. Having lived for nine months without painting it has taken a year and a half to really begin to get back in the groove. The experimentation period was valuable if for no other reason for me to find myself artistically once more. And I was able to bring some new techniques and a clearer mind with me as well.

That indeed is the value of experimentation in whatever area of life we do it. It can open us up to new horizons... even, strangely, by returning us whence we came. On one hand the time may seem to be wasted. But on the other - and this was the case with me - it can be a time of artistic learning and growth... not one that results in the production of the "masterpiece" but nonetheless one that helps get you heading back in that direction.

The danger, of course, is that one can become lost down rabbit trails in experimentation (in art, or life), and get totally lost. Throughout this period I have been in prayer for God to show me what to do, and where to go. Were it not for that I feel that my experimentation would have perhaps lead me to eventually stop painting. But since I long ago committed my life and art to God, under the shadow of his wings I have been able to branch out a bit to see where he was leading me and come back stronger, not artistically (or spiritually) destroyed, from it.