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John the Baptist – A Political Figure

As I have been working on the series of Saint John in the Wilderness icons, I have pondered the question of what this icon has to do with 2017.  And I have been trying to write about it. A friend in Kentucky sent me a link to a sermon preached by Fr. Justin Gabbard,...

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Icon Cases

Icon Cases

    Icons get transported for all sorts of reasons. They are taken on trips. They are stored in closets or under the bed. They are taken to church. They are after all liturgical objects, made for use by those who love them. They are not meant...

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In the Wilderness . . .

In the Wilderness . . .

The “wilderness” of ancient Judea was a place of danger and death, a place to be feared and avoided. It was in that wilderness that John called people to change their lives and prepare the way of God. With his angel's wings, John is the immortal messenger moving...

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2017 Declared Golden Year!!!!!!!!

2017 Declared Golden Year!!!!!!!!

  I have always loved working with gold, whether it was couching Japanese gold thread on silk embroideries, going wild with artificial gold thread on machine embroidery, or laying 24K gold on egg tempera paintings. Gold catches the eye and accentuates whatever it...

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God’s Gift

God’s Gift

I sit here a few days before Christmas and the sky outside is grey. Even though I can’t see the snowy peaks of the Front Range or the crystal blue above them, I know they are still there and I think of them. I look around my studio and see all sorts of things: a pair...

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Making It Real

Making It Real

Here I am setting off on this adventure of creating a single body of work for exhibition all together - one subject, one theme. At this point, I am planning seven icons. An artist friend suggested that when she planned a series, she hung all her canvasses for the...

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Saint John in the Wilderness

Saint John in the Wilderness

  Two years ago at the Kanuga Icon conference, a fellow painter introduced me to St. John in the Wilderness. We exchanged print of some of our work. Later he sent me even more information about that somewhat odd icon. I did some research, found an old pattern I liked,...

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Holy Wisdom?

Holy Wisdom?

  Two years ago (2014 -2015), when we were homeless and unemployed, we lived out of Ron’s Taurus for four months. We stayed with patient family members and forgiving friends, and in hotels and motels of various sorts. I had a portable “studio" and a few supplies....

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The Color of the Saints

The Color of the Saints

Some of you may recall that I have already painted this particular icon of Saint Christopher at an icon workshop led by Suzanne Schleck in the spring of 2015. I especially love the swirls of water echoed in the clothes of St. Christopher and the colorful red sky....

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