I wrote my first book about iconography in response to requests from students and curious people who came to the studio. Most people wanted to know how did I get into the discipline? And how did I learn the technique enough to be a successful iconographer? The books a product of my insights and perspectives as I have grown clearer about God and flourished spiritually over the years.
Anyone who has painted one icon realizes the amount of skill, dedication and TIME it takes to finish one perfectly. (perfect iconography defined as perfected prayer). The answer to How to become a successful iconographer lies in not giving up after one but after one thousand. After you have done one thousand icons, you will want to share the meaning. The books i have written try to clarify what the message and potential for goodness Iconography has brought me.
I was first inspired to write my conclusions after recognizing the absence of women in the bible. They are there, yet unnamed. From there I moved my meditations to verbalizing the radical difference between the man Jesus and the Christ’s energy. Finally, I have dedicated myself to prayer with the Rosary. It is another ancient tool from the Christian church. The familiar chants have promises to open the heart and the mind through Mary’s gift of Jesus. She could not have known the magnitude of what a glorious witness she was to offer the world. As a successful iconographer could not help but tamper with the message and meaning.
1…… An Inspired book about Women from a successful iconographer.
The visual language that is so evident in the sacred art of iconography has enlivened my rebellious spirit. There is no harm or heresy in opening discussion with the male-dominated church landscape of today’s theology. My book highlights images of the feminine: women standing equally beside men in a more contemporary and integrated vision for society. Christ’s teachings regarded women in a variety of roles and the consequences of editing them out of theology have hurt everyone. I am deeply respectful of the iconography tradition and knowledgeable of its long history.
In Light of Women 72-page book incorporates 24 full-color icons
The images are juxtaposed with text that includes religious history, religious context, and my reflection inspired by my meditation. Twenty-five years, working in this ancient technique and prayer form has been a rich and fulfilling journey.
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2…..Life in Christ, Knowledge of God made visible in Jesus the Man
Even if you do not already appreciate religious imagery, this is worth the read. The fascinating tradition inherent in icons and the unique techniques involved in egg tempera using earth pigments, this book will speak to you and draw you into their ancient noesis. A collection of 30 icons illustrates my dedication to become a successful iconographer. The book’s text will take you through the Life of Jesus as he is and becomes the Christ. It is a must read for your library.
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3…….Rosary Meditations and Care for Creation
For me, the Rosary meditation is a mindful representation of what we all feel, wonder, and seek. In my book, you will encounter visions to launch meditations through ancient stories. Humanity can manifest respect for one another, a better world, and a more loving environment in every aspect. That is exactly what we are called to and what I try to render in Rosary Meditations as we focus on Our Modern World. Excerpts from Miller’s book. I have not departed for being an iconographer, only expanded its direction and my focus on meditation.
25 new Rosary Meditations using the same ancient format for the Joyful and Imagined Mysteries. Rosary Meditations and Care for Creation.
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Mary Jane Miller is a self-taught Byzantine style iconographer living in Mexico. Her collections are contemporary, with a proficient command of egg tempera for three decades. The work is extraordinary exhibited in museums and churches in the United States and Mexico. Published books; Iconography Revealed, Meditation and iconography, Embossing Metal, and The Mary Collection. She teaches 5-day workshops, //sacrediconretreat