The practice of painting in egg tempera painting is like life, controlled through discipline and packed with unexpected delight. Somehow through perseverance, despite the inconsistencies, long hours applying layer on layer, color on color, beauty emerges as a contemporary icon. The bi-product of the work is discovering the uncontrolled potential in egg tempera painting.
When I paint, I feel the link between the human and the divine. Beautiful icons are devotional art. The beauty and peace they represent, alters our state of being when viewed. I believe the act of painting, the prayer, and the image all combine as if angels are at work. In a brush stoke, a tiny mystical encounter happens between me and God, (i.e. matter and consciousness). It is this peaceful uncontrolled potential in egg tempera painting I hope my students experience through the technique and practice.
WHY EGG TEMPERA
Mary Jane Miller is a contemporary iconographer living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is the finest and most productive master in Mexico, devoted to writing, teaching, and exploring what it is to be spiritual. She uses the medium of egg tempera to emphasize our love for the God, the one we cannot see. Her perspectives are inspirational, and her approach is un- Orthodox. She is available for lectures as a guest speaker, or interview by phone. Her consultations on theology, prayer, and icon painting techniques are delightful. Contact or invite her for a five day intensive workshop at your parish, monastery, or retreat center. She has been teaching for decades and self-published a variety of invaluable resource books. In Light of Women, Women in Iconography, Life in Christ, and Mary in Iconography.
CONSULTATIONS OR ASSISTANCE
For those who are icon painters, working on their own, she is available for discussion, personal feedback, options, and constructive ideas or questions about any aspect of your icon. The format is your choice, send me an image of a current work and I will comment. We can set up a ZOOM meeting, or SKYPE time for an hour. We can share live conversational instruction and demonstrations. I am available for helping you find your own way to sharpen your own objectives. You can purchase one hour instruction through PayPal. Send me an email request and I’ll send you the secure payment link.
$20.00 an hour
The best icon painting instruction, ………practice, patience and prayer….. in everything you do
For more information about Mary Jane Miller and her wonderful ministry, visit her blog at San Miguel icons. You may find out about her books at and you can follow Mary Jane on LULU.com and Facebook. Mary Jane’s wonderful workshops have been suspended due to Corona stay tuned at Sacred Icon Retreats.