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 many house guests here in Jackson Hole have put serious egg tempera iconography on hold. Finally, it is finished.
A note on the subject: With only the figure of Christ in this icon of the Transfiguration, I believe the viewer can concentrate more fully on the “uncreated light” of God and its implications for this time and place.