One day in my studio, with not much inspiration,I stopped wondering how many of these icons would it take to cover the floor? I got inspired, placing them in rows was the idea. With an abundance of Icons on Holy Ground they were placed going out the door in both directions, towards the bathroom and the outside into the garden.
More on this project Later, For now, know i have realized i do have enough to cover the floor if my house. This satisfies me greatly.
The goal now is paint till I can say 25,000 unseen icons live in Col. San Antonio, San Miguel Allende, Mexico.
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. Painting and mystical prayer combine to remind the viewer Icons on Holy Ground can be seen everywhere. To paint divine image enables us to realize something quite intimate about God, we create as we are created. The practice teaches the iconographer that we are walking and working on Holy Ground.
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 an ancient practice full beautiful ideas. I believe I am an artist within an invisible community; I am witnessed by the spirit left in icons by other icon painters ; 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.
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