4/17/08

Sneak Peek of Archangel Gabriel


For the past 18 months I've been slowly learning the ancient art of Byzantine iconography. It is truly a slow and hard process. We make our own paint from egg yolks and ground mineral pigments; use real gold leaf to gild the background of the icons; use panels that are carefully gessoed with a mix of rabbit skin glue, chalk powder, and marble dust (I haven't learned how to make panels yet!) After 18 months, I'm still very much a beginner. Gabriel is almost finished, though!

3 comments:

Syra said...

I'm so glad you are doing iconography!

pebbledash said...

WOW! Well done!

Inside My Shell said...

This is beautiful! I didn't know that you can actually learn the art of Byzantine iconography. Please show us more!