Mary Jane Miller is offering two workshops this spring, February and March of 2020. The first will be in Vero Beach, Florida and the second in Lewis Delaware. Both workshops will commence at the beginning of Lent, a wonderful preparation for Easter and Passover.
Egg Tempera is a painting technique that has been used for centuries but not forgotten. It is gratifying to learn and inexpensive with earth pigments. The final product has the potential for reminding you who you are now through a window to another time. Our best icon painting workshop can not only crack open mystery with a perfect yolk but also engage your soul in several extraordinary ways.
Mary Jane Miller will share a host of techniques for creating an icon in egg tempera. Her renderings of garments and backgrounds are abundantly colorful and celebrate the earth pigments. The flesh tones are slightly different requiring more attention to those small areas of importance. She will help you learn how to merge colors through step-by-step demonstrations and informative discussion. One course is a modest beginning, however your first taste of this ancient tradition and its legacy is cherishable.
The best icon painting workshop in 2020 will take participants on a journey using stone ground earth pigments to create a traditional image. Byzantine icon paintings of the 4th Century used egg yolk as a binder for earth pigments – the technique has changed very little after 1500 years. The colors are rich in texture, curious to control and expose delightful depth when they have dried. No experience is necessary to partake in the course.
The Book, a Step by Step guide to Egg Tempera
Icon Painting Technique is now available. If you want a preview for the course, this comprehensive book explains it well. Mary Jane Miller discusses her technique, the history and meaning of icon painting. It highlights the subtle relationship between the discipline of icon painting and how it reflects and enriches ones spiritual life. The book orients new icon painters and examines why historically icons continue to be a spiritual tool. Written from a uniquely Western perspective, this step-by-step practical course brings to life the sacred and beautiful art of egg tempera painting. 45 full color pages in this second edition and available as an E book on Amazon
Beginners, intermediate, and advanced iconographers will all find new insights. With in-depth information, invaluable advice, lots of tips and superb illustrations of each step, this is a well written guide to the philosophy and practice of icon painting.
Egg Tempera – Why are Artists Embracing this Ancient Art Form?
Mary Jane Miller is a Contemporary Egg Tempera Painter . The internet has provided much more awareness about tempera amongst painters today compared to the 19th Century. Yet an artist who makes regular and sapient use of the technique are still a rare find. The 20th Century is fast pace, with its electronic media age, fast living and instant everything. The practice of icon painting in general allows artists and contemplatives to slow down and hopefully come to see things more clearly.
For those who are looking for room to explore their mystical interior, to experiment and grow in love for this wonderful medium, this workshop is for you. It is a short, concise and intense five days. No frills, no need for them because the art form itself is simple and direct. Pushing around small particles of dirt lovingly produces beautiful results. The earth pigments are pure beauty. They have taught Mary Jane Miller how to let them dry in their own way and in Gods time. Is that not a message to be applied to all things, “letting things happen their own way and in Gods time”?