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Articles and Videos

The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet

The belief that icons reveal the eternal truth embodied in Jesus Christ within the place and time is at the centre of the studio’s work here in Conestoga. It was with great joy that the studio accepted a commission to paint an icon of the Washing of the Disciples’ Feet last year.  The Washing of … Read more

The Making of the Washing Icon

During the months of April, May, and June, this icon of the Washing of the Disciples’ Feet was created at the Conestoga Iconographic Studio. Since the patron, David, lives in California, he couldn’t visit the studio to see the progress for himself. Instead of that, regular photos were sent to him as the icon progressed. … Read more

Conestoga Blue

Ever since I did the 100 Mile ART Project for the city of Cambridge in 2008, the studio has used indigo for its blue pigment. Finding a local blue in southern Ontario was one of the project’s biggest challenges. As with most of the work, it was the fantastic community that formed around the project … Read more

The Life of Saint Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony is known today as the “Lamp of Monasticism,” the father of all who seek the ascetic life. In his time, there existed unmarried men and women who lived ascetic lives in the Church. But, it was he who established a life of seclusion and prayer as a means of dying to the world … Read more

Toronto Icon Painting Workshop 2020

CANCELLED Regretfully, the Sisters have decided that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is best to cancel their Food for the Soul retreats taking place until the end of June. Because of this, the Icon Painting Workshop scheduled for June 21-26, 2020, has been cancelled. Sunday, June 21st to Friday, June 26th, 2020. Arrival: 4pm on Sunday.Completion: … Read more

How to Plant Woad Seed

Since a few people have asked for more details about how to plant woad seed before the winter snows get too deep, my daughter and I decided to create a short video about how we do it here at the studio. Please feel free to ask for additional information in the comments section below, and … Read more

Sharing Woad Seeds

If you’re someone who follows what the Conestoga Iconographic Studio is doing, you’ll know that we really like the colours we create here in the village. And, one of our favourite local colours is the woad blue we make every year. Creating indigo blue from woad plants goes back into Neolithic history, and the colour … Read more
Icon of Christ the Pantocrator

Gospel Text for Christ the Almighty

The words written within an icon give voice to the saint through what they hold in their hands. Each saint holds a scroll depicting something they have written—coming from either the Old Testament, an Epistle, or one of the saint’s writings. But, in an icon of Christ the Almighty (in Greek, Παντοκράτωρ, or Pantocrator), we … Read more

In conversation with David Goa

One of the many joys for me this summer was the chance to talk with David Goa about the studio one evening while I was teaching in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Earlier this year, David began a series of podcasts called, In Conversation, and during our visit, I enjoyed the chance to be interviewed for his latest episode. … Read more