I have been selected as for the Scholars residency at Vaughan Park Retreat Anglican Center in Auckland New Zealand. When I arrived, words could not express how delightful the place is. I am here and grateful to begin a collection of icons called On Holy Ground. Iconography is the process of converting simple stones into a world of beauty, like to, God created the planet and it is our calling to recognize its beauty. My intention on retreat is to dedicate myself to finish 8 new icons. Using all ... Read More about Convert Simple Stones into a World of Beauty
San Miguel will join the Global Climate Strike with a rally Climate Change for the Future at 12:00 noon in Parque Juarez. We have approval from the City for a rally on September 20. We will start at 10:30 with two marches from Fabrica on the North side and from Pollo Feliz near Mega on the South side, both converging by noon at the kiosk in Parque Juarez for a rally. SEPTEMBER 20th, 2019 Since Greta Thunberg began her Friday strikes in front of the Swedish parliament. She was ... Read More about Climate Change for the Future
Have you ever left your studio in the night and come back in the morning and realize something has changed. In 25 years painting in my studio I have had very few incidents of insects eating egg tempera icons. Apparently insects have dinner at night, and they like eggs. Certainly they are not eating earth pigments not much taste or nutrition, perhaps a good bit of toxins to boot. I do understand a bug has to eat. Flies were my first encounter and came with an easy solution. Be careful not ... Read More about Insects eating Egg Tempera Icons
It is quite possible in my mind that spirit sees us. Perhaps it is our ancestors or even family members. Hindus believe in past lives, people see their grandmother at the foot of the bed when death approaches. Painting so many images of Jesus for 28 years has prompted me to imagine Christ Sees Us? if we look. Image has been central to all religions, its membership needs color shape and form to reflect on. Contemporary Christianity is seeking wider audience in an expanded sense of how we see ... Read More about Christ Sees Us? if we look.
I remember the day I discovered Ampersand clay boards, it was in an Art Supply store in Miami. That was 25 years ago. I was 5 years into icon painting; specifically traditional byzantine style icons in egg tempera. I realized quite quickly, if I was going to enjoy icon painting I would have to give up the ' Art ' of preparing the boards for icon painting in a traditional way. The process may be rewarding work but applying gesso to a solid wood board requires a certain mind set. The gesso ... Read More about Ampersand Clay Boards and Icon Painting