The ancient traditions for prayer and contemplation have been passed from generation to generation and are still alive today in spite of our having to learn How to Live in a World That Is Dying. Recitations of love and reflection, alone or in a group are powerful, they nurture the soul, fuel the heart, and uplift the spirit. Communal prayer focuses a great deal on human needs, the sick, isolated, aged, imprisoned, and in peril. It may be prudent to add our devotion and respect for God’s plan ... Read More about How to Live in a World That Is Dying
Iconography is more than an exercise in artistic creativity. It is an exercise in our need for contemplation to bring about a new understanding of who Mary Magdalene is. The next workshop in Atalanta we will be writing Mary Magdalene. Image below. The canons of the Eastern Church tell us that new icons should be based on older icons when possible. In developing an icon of Mary Magdalene Apostle to the Apostles, we first study existing iconography. Contemporary Byzantine icons should always be ... Read More about Mary Magdalene Apostle to the Apostles icon – Workshop October 2023
I've recently received advice to embrace a more peaceful demeanor, especially because of my work in the religious art field. Well, well, well! It seems that being calm and composed is the way to go for many artists. But how on earth can I achieve that? My exclamation marks are practically my signature, showcasing my passion, mind, and expressive nature in my religious art iconography. My Personality is a Lively Stadium Full of Rambuctious People My personality is like a lively ... Read More about Is The Goal Really to Be A Peaceful Warrior in Religious Art?
April 30 or close to the second Sunday after Pascual, the Orthodox Church commemorates a number of people connected with the final events of Jesus’s life who were important witnesses to His death and resurrection. These are four of the myrrh-bearing women who came to anoint the body of Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea who was a rich and noble man, and a member of the Privy Council of Jerusalem buried Jesus. Nicodemus helped him. He believed in Christ when, at the beginning of His preaching, Jesus came ... Read More about Celebrate the Myrrh-Bearing Women
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