A religious artist shares her icon collection for the first time in Leon Gto.. The word Art comes from the Latin stem ar which means to fit together. The word sacred implies being devoted or dedicated to a deity. And the word God could be taken to mean the summit of human happiness. These etymologies reflect the profound necessity humankind has for defining our history and religion through art. At least up until the last 500 years, art and God have been unmistakably linked. The purpose and inspiration for devotional art has traditionally been to join or bind together our physical and spiritual worlds. Mary Jane Miller welcomes anyone interested, curious or confused about iconography and the journey there of, to come for a studio visit, call for an appointment. peace ... Read More about A Religious Artist, Icon Painter Shares Her Soul’s Work in Leon, Gto.
Our Pathological buying what we do not need has become normal. Our wealthy and comfortable population has what it needs, but do we call it a sin if we own more than we can care for, and still finding ourselves wanting more? Why do We Buy What we Don’t Need; a solar-powered waving clown, a belly button brush, a silver-plated ice cream scoop? Anything to get through the week, to feel good, and have a laugh. Initially we are amused or emotionally satisfied with new stuff but we seldom feel embarrassed or over indulged. When is enough? Most of this frivolous consumption produces a thirty second high of hedonistic pleasure, that lasts as long as a nicotine hit. There is a hidden cost in our consumption of What we Don’t Need. It unfortunately often ends up in the land fill. The factory that ... Read More about Why We Buy What we Don’t Need
Most people do not understand why a person would take an icon painting workshop. The answer is simple. Icon painting is a meditative process, a work within the spirit. How is that? The process helps you identify your own spirituality, no matter your religion or lack of it. It is this that helps your life turn. Let me explain by telling you the story of my own experience when I first began on this icon painting learning process. Egg tempera is one of the oldest mediums used in the history of paint to make art. The only medium which precede it are blood used in early cave paintings and early Egyptian wall painting painted with colored minerals. The process reaches back to pre-historic humans, and since then we have created an ongoing river of creativity to depict who we are, our history, ... Read More about My Icon Painting Workshops
Women's voices in religious iconography as well as in Christian theology has been lacking for 2,000 years. Christian religious iconography and art has typically focused on Mary, Mother of Jesus whose holiness the everyday woman could not possibly attain. She also is praised for her obedience and silence, a heart filled with love yet no reference to mind. But it is documented that inquisitive women like myself were around in Christ’s time, listening to His message and learning from Him. Where are the images of these women, where is their wisdom? Catholic Church teachings as we know them were once considered unchangeable but because of newly discovered texts and the contemporary phrasing of old theology, we cannot help but reexamine who we are in God. There is a movement underway for a ... Read More about New Theology, a Women’s Unexpected Treasure
Someone came in my studio a while ago and exclaimed, "it is rare for me to see artwork that I want to own. I usually find myself saying...I could do that! I don't have artwork on my walls because I like looking at clean and empty space. The walls of my house are a blank canvas. However, when I saw Mary Jane Miller's Icons, I wanted one ". One student said, " one of her classes changed me, on the inside. Icons are truly a window into another dimension, a heavenly dimension. When I look at Mary Jane's work I am transported; I am filled with peace". People who do not understand assume that I am a religious fanatic. This is just not so which is why I write this post on orthodox icons explained. Illustrating this point let me refer to an interview question Kelly Vandiver asked me. "I ... Read More about Art and Spirituality, the Love of Being Bold