Icon Painting in Egg Tempera

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     NEXT Icon Painting WORKSHOP         November 6th to 11th 2022

St Peter's Episcopal Church , Lewes, Delaware


Sacred Icons Retreat

We offer ongoing three week workshops in the Studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Contact us for class schedules or hosting a workshop at your church, retreat center, or monastic community.

Iconography image is structured by lines, color values, shapes, textures, space, and movement. There is a world beyond straight lines and curves, yellow for the sun, green for the grass, red for roses, etc. The earth's abundance and diversity can be found in tiny colored particles which make up egg tempera paint,  to create divine image.

Egg tempera paint is fine ground Earth Pigments.

The color in Byzantine iconography feels ancient when you look at it because it is! The individual colors are lustrous,  granular, sandy or soft ochers, they are radiantly bright and precious. The sheen from the egg yolk can turn the surface glossy and look as if it is saturated with life. The depth of the color is created as a result of many thin layers, each with distinct tone and personality. When one pigment dries and another layer covers it, I grieve. I am forced to conceal the spontaneously beauty revealed by the application of another layer of color. Yet with enough layers, new forms arise, rich, and deep in quality. The layers become transparent after 3 to 6 months, and the under painting is magnificent. The end product seems to be inevitably harmonious just because the pigments themselves were created side by side in time and space, in the same way the planet evolved. Ancient earth history mixed with the human expression for the divine, what a match!

Even if you do not have a particular bent towards religious imagery you cannot deny the quality of the pigments and their fascinating character.To work with such simple beauty is intriguing, pushing around small particles of dirt which dry and form unimaginable patterns. I find myself always looking at sand at the beach, or puddles when they dry or cracked earth in the desert. These patterns repeat themselves on an icon but in minuscule format. The practice of Iconography is pure delight. Join me for a class.

NEXT  Icon Painting WORKSHOP     November 6th to 11th 2022

St Peter's Episcopal Church is hosting this event. This year we will focus on the voices of

Women in Iconography and perhaps new understanding. 400.00 USD

Information please contact Natalie Kerr e phone (302) 329-9657 or e mail sewinsussex@gmail.com

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For private icon painting classes and online consultations please contact me anytime.