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In Light of Women

Miller has developed an exquisite and distinctive voice as a writer of icons, adapting the style and subjects of the Byzantine tradition attempting to broaden our spiritual journey. Throughout the book she boldly substitutes women for men in traditional scenes such as the Foot Washing and the Garden of Gethsemane.

Each icon image in the collection is juxtaposed with text describing each images history, religious context, and her own reflections in three distinct sections. 72-page book that incorporates 24 full-color original icon images. 

Part 1, Mary Icons explore the history of Mary, tradition’s most popular image. Part 2, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene explores icons that were inspired by the Gnostic text, Part 3, Feminine Voice explores classic icons interpreted with women added to them.          


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Icon Painting Technique,
a meditation and guide for egg tempera

This comprehensive book explains the subtle relationship between the disciple of icon painting techniques and how they reflects and enriches ones spiritual life. Mary Jane Miller discusses her technique, the history, and meaning of icon painting. The book orients new icon painters and examines why historically icons continue to be a spiritual tool. Written from a uniquely Western perspective, this step-by-step practical course brings to life the sacred and beautiful art of egg tempera painting.


45 full color pages in this second edition. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced iconographers will all find new insights. With in-depth information, invaluable advice, lots of tips and superb illustrations of each step, this is a well written guide to the philosophy and practice of icon painting.


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Embossing Metal

Embossing Metal: Templates and Beginner Techniques for tooling metal foil pewter is an essential resource. Russian and Greek iconographers employ countless elaborate design styles in metal. Our How to book is a collection of icon templates for those devoted to traditional fine craftsmanship. Beautifully embellished halos have been a Byzantine iconographical legacy and tradition for centuries. Craft and hobby lovers will enjoy this introduction to Metal Embossing. The first section of the book discusses tools, supplies and technique. After describing the tools and supplies, I give you basic techniques, step-by-step, to teach yourself how to create borders and halos to embellish your icons. The process is simple, and only requires investing hours of focused practice. After about ten hours of practice, you will begin to sense and feel the amount of pressure required to make fluid designs and texture. Available through Amazon and Buy on Lulu support the small companies

42 pages      ISBN 9781716675232

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How to paint icons  Workbook and journal

How to Paint Icons is a practical guide and workbook for focusing on the traditional methods of egg tempera done in the Byzantine style. This book is intended to give iconographers a place to document their process. Concentrating on techniques, materials, and insights while archiving your work enhances the iconography practice. Part of the workbook and journal will offer an opportunity to focus on the smaller aspects of icon writing with tips and shared discoveries gained through Miller's experience.


Superb examples and illustrations are arranged to help you progress step -by-step.

Iconography is undergoing a revival and entered a non -Orthodox world. The journey of an iconographer surpasses the feeling of being spiritual and becomes knowledge of God written in stone. Prayer and iconography come together in this workbook and study guide for icon painters. This workbook unfolds sequentially by chapters, illustrations, places for recording your commentary, exercises and helpful hints for you.

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Pages 60     ISBN 9781716752681

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Life of Christ,   Knowledge of God made visible in Jesus the Man.


The reader is invited into a particular type of graphic storytelling called the icon. This storytelling is done through images, colors and shapes. The storytelling offered here wants the reader to engage with the story, in response to what you see as you ponder the image. The images are juxtaposed with text describing each image's history, religious context and my reflections on our world today. The book includes a Table of Contents, a thorough introduction to iconography, and three distinct sections that build on new conclusions. Section 1, The life of Jesus: his beginnings, Section 2, Signs and Wonders: miraculous events witnessed by his disciples, Section 3 Christ: spiritually present and emotionally tangible.


The icons engage us first visually, then our emotions, our mind and our imagination. Life in Christ is a 110-page full color book that incorporates 30 icon images, painted by the author in the traditional egg tempera technique, using egg yolk and ground earth pigments mixed together to create divine image.


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Iconography and Meditation

Icon Painting and their Secret Technique

This book reads as a step-by-step guide, for how to create your own icon. The 12-step sequence is a simplified road map for proceeding from vision to creation. Every step is accompanied by suggested meditations to focus the mind with more awareness on who we are painting. However, while easy to follow detailed instructions about technique and materials are provided, my main objective is to emphasize the mystical experience of the process itself. The painter or writer of an icon will come to better understand the two natures of Christ – flesh and spirit. The mystery is revealed in the process and meditation technique. St. Athanasius says: “Christ became man that man might become God.” This simple statement has intrigued and confounded me my whole adult life. Eight words explain perfectly the relationship of flesh and spirit and how they are inextricably connected. When the icon painter paints an image of the divines invisible nature it is the same sort of relationship. Painting from the heart, leaving an imprint of our prayer.

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The mother of Jesus called Mary is the most revealed and common image women find in the Christian Church Institution. She offers many deep mystical messages, without ever opening her mouth.

 “Who is Mary?” In my head, I went from the grieving and weeping Mary of the Renaissance, through the mystical distant gaze of Mary in ancient Byzantine iconography, to the understanding that Mary is a place in the heart; she is a revelation, a guide, an example of female wisdom who arouses epiphanies. She is the womb through which Christ entered the world. Orthodox style icons of the Virgin Mother speak volumes about the eternal communication between the love of a mother and that mystery of love which abides in us all.

This collection of Mary icons captures the great mysteries of the Madonna, her beauty as well as her message. The collection covers a wide range of imagination in each image, contemporary versions inspired by their historical origin. Miller’s fascination with the Madonna images evolves within the two realms; tradition and contemporary spirituality, as they merge here in word and visual representation. Classic iconography has influenced this comprehensive collection of 32  FULL COLOR illustrations. 8.5” x 8.5” Paperback, 40 pages .The Mary Collection is Available on ORDER INFO

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The book begins with a clear introduction to the historical value for walking the the Stations of Cross as a ritual. The collection of painted images are brilliantly artistic, accompanied by Millers genius interpretation. Either reading them alone or as a group this small book of image and text provokes deep thought. The meditations stimulate new insights into today's world.

One member said, “I found myself sufficiently vulnerable to walk in Jesus’ shoes, shoulder his burdens, open my heart and broaden my intentions to better see His message of love and surrender” 35 pages of spiritual strength and wisdom waiting to be revealed as you witness and walk.


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The Stations of the Cross

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