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Icon Painting in Egg Tempera

  Icon Painting  




Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church

October 23th to October 27th, 2023

Monday 9 am  till  Friday at  3 pm

480.00 USD

Information contact     Rev Bill Murray

Phone 404.255.4023



St Clare’s Episcopal Church

October 30th to November 3rd

Monday 9 am  till  Friday at  3 pm

480.00 USD

Information contact     Rev Liz Schellingerhoudt

phone 706-745-0607  email


In the studio 9am to 2pm each day
 August 31 Thursday, September 1 Friday, Saturday, Finishing Monday 4th

Cost 350.00


St Peter's Episcopal Church, in Lewes, Delaware

Dates Will be announced for Spring 2024

This year we will focus on the silent voices of Iconography and perhaps new understanding.

400.00 USD

Information please contact church office 302-645-8479





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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. We use it to create divine image.

Egg Tempera Painting
uses 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!

Please, Join the Icon Painting Workshop

Even if you do not have a particular bent towards religious imagery, you cannot deny the quality of the pigments and their fascinating character.

Such simple beauty is intriguing, pushing around small particles of dirt which dry and form unimaginable patterns. I am fascinated by drying sand at the beach, mud puddles and water, or cracked earth in the desert. These patterns repeat themselves on an icon but in minuscule format. The practice of Iconography is pure delight.


Sacred Icons Retreat

We offer ongoing thursday 10 am to 2 Pm

in the Studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


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

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

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