In my studio I got wondering how many of these icons would it take to cover the floor? I got inspire, placing them just so, in rows they went out the door in both directions, towards the bathroom and the outside garden.
More on this project Later, For now, know i have realized i do have enough to cover my house. This satisfies me greatly.
The goal now is paint till I can say 25,000 unseen icons live at Sagrado Corazon.
How do Artists transform ideas into our work?
Let me reverse the question, how can the work transform me into an idea. Iconographers are always trying to paint what we cannot see. Experienced iconographers live in a twisted dimension: as you paint you theoretically become the image. The painting and mystical prayer is the ground for everyday in the studio; the attempt to paint divine image enables us to realize something quite intimate about God, we create as we are created.
Internally iconographers believe “beauty will save the world”, the act of painting transforms us as the beauty of humankind and our potential to see the divine in all things.
As an icon painter, I copy image and do not call it my own, traditionally one does not sign an icon because the act itself is considered to be prayer, an ongoing conversation with God. As an artist I “imagine” new images from time to time.These images continue to transform me, one day I will write one image of lasting beauty for humanity.
Yup, these are lofty thoughts and ridiculously pious ideas
I feel helpless to turn always from such terrific and beautiful ideas. I believe I am an artist within an invisible community; I am witnessed by the early icon painters through the work produced; past, present and future. These early predecessors of devoutly painted icons influence the dogma and canonical agreements honored today and I hope for a long time to come.