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Icon Painting in Egg Tempera



 San Miguel Allende
15 Mon, 16 Tue, & Thurs18

Tues 23, and Thurs 25

in the studio 9 am to 3 pm each day
Cost 360.00


Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church

October Sunday 6 to 11, 2024 

Class Monday 9 am  till  Friday at  4 pm

Cost 480.00 USD

Information Contact 

Rev Bill Murray
Phone 404-255-4023


St Clare’s Episcopal Church

October Sunday 13 to 18

 Class Monday 9 am till  Friday at 4 pm

480.00 USD

Information contact     Rev Liz Schellingerhoudt

phone 706-745-0607  email


Community Church

November 11 to 15  Monday to Friday

Monday 9 am  till  Friday at  4 pm

Cost 495.00 USD

Information contact 

Anna Copeland  phone 772 562-3633

1901 23rd. Street

Vero Beach, FL 32960


St Peter's Episcopal Church, in Lewes, Delaware

Dates Will be announced for Late Spring 2024

Focus on the silent voices of women in Iconography

450.00 USD

Information please contact church office 302-645-8479





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Icon Painting imagery 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.

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.

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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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