The infinite range of imagination and potential found in Classic iconography has influenced my life. I have been trying for 3 decades to artistically merge my respectful fascination with the tradition and contemporary interpretation. Therefore the images on the web sites do not always come from a purely classic tradition or inspired doctrine. The experience of God and working with earth pigments has been transformative. Fifteen hundred years ago the early icon painters sought the mind of God for inspiration. Iconographers today continue to keep God In our heart and mind while working.
Iconography was of no interest to me as an artist or christian. I had been reading St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross for prayer techniques and spiritual inspiration. Learning about iconography and the practice using the egg tempera technique and real gold leaf changed my daily life in remarkable ways.
Icon Painting Tips
For those who are looking to explore and pray, to experiment and grow in love. this wonderful mystical medium and instructional book is for you. It is short, concise, and intense. No frills, no need for them because the art form itself is simple and direct, lovingly executed it has to be beautiful. The earth pigments keep God in the practice. God and earth pigments are pure beauty revealed. The book Icon Painting Technique is an introduction to using egg tempera. The technique enables you to be still and wait as the pigments dry in their own way and reveal Gods time.
Mary Jane Miller discusses her technique as well as, the history and meaning of icon painting. The book orients icon painters and examines why 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 icon painting. Included are recipe guides and patterns to work from.
For Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced iconographers.
The icon’s rich symbolism transmitted throughout the egg tempera technique cultivates one’s life of prayer. With in-depth information, invaluable advice, and superb illustrations of each step, this is a most comprehensive guide to the philosophy and practice of icon painting. Keep God In It :Egg Tempera Technique