Category Archives: Art

Iconic Icon Painter

Here is a lovely video of an interview with Aidan Hart, who may be familiar to those of you who have an interest in the art of iconography:

 

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Books for the Bookish

Remember these pictures?

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I produced them for my husband for the covers of two books he was working on.  I’m pleased to say that they are now available on Amazon at last; here and here.  They are not for the faint-hearted, as you will see if you read their descriptions on Amazon.

C. S. Lewis YouTubes

I have enjoyed reading C. S. Lewis’ non-fiction over the last few years so I was pleased to find a YouTuber who has animated some of his works.  Here is an excellent example:

I found the format delightful and was tickled to find that my birth-country, Wales, managed to make an appearance at the end.  There is mention of the Eisteddfod which reminded me of my own (albeit brief and lacklustre) performances in the Urdd (youth) Eisteddfod.  I hope you enjoy the video and find the time to watch some more.  The content is well worth your time.

By the way, I also re-read Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and found so much more than when I read them as a child.  I found the fate of Emeth in “The Last Battle” particularly interesting.

Icon O’Class

Here is a photo of most* of the participants of the recent icon course at Knock, Ireland.  The teacher is the tall guy in the middle at the back, and I’m third from right at the front (with my red painting pinny still on).

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*A couple of people had to leave early so they didn’t make it into the group photo.

Here is a photo of my icon after I touched it up a little at home.

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I have since coated it with a thin protective layer.  I have to wait at least six months for the tempera to harden before I can varnish it and protect it properly.  I will probably hang it on the wall to dry so that the cats don’t get at it.

My First Icon

I was on an icon course this past week.  The teacher, Theodoros Papadopoulos, came all the way over from Greece and he was excellent.  He managed to get a packed room full of people of very different skill levels to produce a difficult icon despite coming down with a cold.  We worked for six days from about nine in the morning until after six with about forty-five minutes for lunch.  Sometimes we stayed later in the evenings.  It was very intensive and we were feeling a bit fatigued by the end.  One poor lady had a funny turn on the last day, and Theodoros had to help her finish the icon.  Despite the intensive pace I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would do it again in a heartbeat.  I’m sure the others would agree with me.  Some people had come all the way from the U.S. and one was a Chilean living in Ireland.  Anyway, enough waffle, let me show you some photos:

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Chaotic Paradox

I haven’t drawn in ages so this was a good warm-up.

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See here for my inspiration.

Two More Image Resources

Image taken from page 685 of 'A magyar nemzet tortenete. Szerkeszti Szilágyi S. [With maps and illustrations.]'
My brother has just alerted me to two more digitised image collections.  The first is provided by the British Library – see this article for an introduction.  The image above is from this collection.  I have no idea what it says, I just liked the illumination.  The second collection is part of the Polonsky Foundation Digitisation Project which aims to digitise the collections of the Oxford Bodleian Library and the Vatican’s Biblioteca Apostolica.  The latter seems to be related to the Digital Vatican Library which I already have in my resource list (see menu above).  See this article for information on the Polonsky collection.  I will add the appropriate links to the “Other Resources” page on my menu above.

Resurrection and Gilgamesh

Okay, so I’ve made this post sound more exciting than it really is.  My good news is probably only interesting to me but I want to shout it from the rooftops.  Here is a video to provide some interest while you read the rest of this post (it helps if you have it turned up nice and loud):

The fact is, my drawing machine, which has been out of action (thanks to a Windows update) for what seems like a lifetime, has been resurrected at last.  We have it running Linux and responding to finger gestures and the stylus  correctly.  It may not sound like much but I love my drawing machine like other people love their iPhones or their cars.  I would now like to say something rude about Microsoft but I’m resisting.  Aren’t I good?

Tree of Life – Update

This is the art project I was working on before Windows decided to “improve” my drawing machine with an update.  Here’s where I’d got up to:

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Interesting Art Experiment

What happens when you let ordinary Internet users from around the world collaborate on a piece of art?  War!  But the results are fascinating.  See here for the story and here for a close up of the result.  I love it that the Welsh flag appears at least twice even though it is a difficult one to draw small with pixels (see below).  I also love that the Union Jack appears in a heart with the Italian flag.
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