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!