We usually begin contemporary icons with a historical image or biblical text. As I collected traditional narrative scenes like the Baptism of Christ, the River Jordan, the Last Supper, and Pentecost, a resounding affirmation surged within me. Women were there. Not even included as silent witnesses or invisible figures on the periphery, none if any active participants. I wanted to see more, each with her own voice, her own perspective, her own contribution. While the theological, visual, and ... Read More about Embracing Renewal: Contemporary Icons that Reflect Truth
Mary Jane Miller lives and works in Mexico. She describes herself as a contemporary female icon painter, “steadfast in the desert on cracked ground and celebrating life on a mountaintop of traditional beliefs where sacred art becomes meditation. Icon painters seek Christ in church in rituals, in prayer, and finally find him in themselves." Miller will offer two workshops in Georgia this fall . You are invited to explore the old Byzantine style of icon painting as a form of prayer. Her ... Read More about Where Sacred Art Becomes Meditation
The image of Mary of the Seven Swords relates to the prophecy of Saint Simeon the Theodochus, recorded by the Evangelist Luke: "…and the pain will go through your heart, as a stabbing sword…" (Luke. 2.35). These words refer to the pain that the Virgin Mary would have experienced at the time of her separation from her beloved Son when he was crucified in front of her eyes.The icon of Mary of the Seven Swords symbolizes deep sorrow. There are three swords on each shoulder and one sword pierces her ... Read More about MARY OF THE SEVEN SWORDS
The Name of the Samaritan Woman at the Well is St Photini. This classic Byzantine icon is based on the biblical gospel of John. This text is the longest conversation Christ had with anyone. An un-named woman Jesus meets at the well, after his long journey on foot from Judea to Galilee. This is a 3-day walk of 75 miles. He is tired, thirsty, and sitting by Jacob's well when she arrives at high noon to get water. What was the name of the Samaritan woman at the Well and who was she? What ... Read More about What was the name of the Samaritan woman at the Well?
Can you find prayerful meditation through Art therapy? Meditation is an essential part of our life, While practicing the art, we learn to slow down, contemplate our being and our existence in God. But some of us need a medium through which we can achieve this meditation. Sometimes prayer is not enough, so this meditation can come through art therapy as in the practice of icon writing also known as Iconography. We all know that there are three levels of consciousness. The first being that ... Read More about Prayerful Meditation through Art Therapy