Iconography and Meditation is an introduction to your Icon Painting and its Secret Techniques revealed through the practice. 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. Detailed instructions about technique and materials are provided. Every step is accompanied by suggested meditations to focus the mind. The books 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. You are painting from the heart, which leaves an imprint of our prayer.
Mystical concepts are inspirational, and take a lifetime to fully grasp through Iconography and Meditation.
I stumbled into icon painting with egg tempera and earth pigments. Discovering Organic Egg Tempera and its Secret Techniques inspired my desire to paint icons. For three decades I have experimented with different forms of prayer. Saints and theologians gave me a solid foundation for meditation; sitting for long periods of time in silence. The awareness of simplicity, of just breathing as a miraculous thing. The concept of ground stone and the inexhaustible dimension of mind made a strong impression upon me. Through meditation I found a new way to commune with the Spirit, and painting images with Mother Earth using egg tempera. If you can grasp the inter-relationship of flesh and spirit in any one aspect of your life, then it is possible to see it run like an electrical current through all of life.
This book Describes a method of Meditation
Iconography and Meditation explains How to paint icons. Iconography is revealed through the process of looking into the ancient Icon Painting images and their Secret Techniques revealed through prayer or awareness. This book describes only one Secret Prayer Method, supported by a brief history of Iconography, and the use of organic materials. The Icon of St Luke is instructional, a clear explanation for what the iconographers are trying to achieve. Mary Jane Miller’s overview of How to Paint an Icon is unique and provocative. Her approach is honest and prayerful. The first strokes and first lines, followed by a chaos of color should not deter you, it is the beginning. After Second lines, Highlights and Veils, the process and how to do iconography becomes more clear. You are encouraged to analyze Icon Images, it is the way to discover a deep and robust mystery found in this ancient practice.
Mixing Paint for Lettering,
Pigment Recipe Guide,
Prayers for an Iconographer,
Rules for the Iconographer,
Mary Jane Miller Books.
Her other guide, How to Paint Icons; Workbook and Journal, for the contemporary iconographer is a great supplement to this Iconography and Meditation. If you are looking for more info about the ancient teachings of this great practice Miller’s advice it to persevere, pray and practice.
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