Holy Wisdom?

Holy Wisdom / by the hand of Gay Pogue / Acrylic on board / 14 x 11 x 1 inches

Holy Wisdom / by the hand of Gay Pogue / Acrylic on board / 14 x 11 x 1 inches


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. …

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Follow the Story of the Chapel’s Icon!

Chapel of the Transfiguration

Making an icon of the Transfiguration of Christ for the Chapel of the Transfiguration in Teton Park has been simmering on the back burner of my mind for some time. For an iconographer, The Transfiguration is an important icon to paint. Within it resides the purpose of all icons — to show the transfigured human not just as a portrait of what is there, but rather how God sees that person. So the task of …

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Budding Iconographers

This past week, I again hauled a large suitcase of iconography supplies over to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson, Wyoming. This time I spoke to third, fourth, and fifth graders–a much calmer group. The music festival chamber group was rehearsing in the chancel so we skipped the field trip up there to look at the icons already in place. After a brief introduction of what icons are and how they are used, we dived straight into the craft of iconography. …

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The Transfigured Christ

The Transfiguration of the Lord, by the hand of Gay Pogue, Egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panel, 14x11x1 inches. $1200

Last week I wrote about the grinding of the azurite rock into pigment. Here is that same azurite in the background of The Transfiguration of the Lord icon. For those of you who have been following me for a while, you recognize that I have been working on this icon for a long time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and …

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Second Graders Get It!

I talked to seven second graders yesterday afternoon about icons, as a part of a week-long after-school program at St. John’s Church in Jackson Hole.

Second Graders get icons. They just get it. They relate to pictures more than words. They like to hold the icons in their hands and look at them.

They are amazed that you can grind up a rock and mix it with egg and paint with it.

They get symbolism. Jesus’s halo always has a …

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