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Making a Traditional Icon Panel

Working with wood to make a panel remains something I love about making traditional orthodox icons. Maybe it’s the smell of the cut wood, which always takes me back to my Grandfather’s woodshop where we built things together when I was a child. Or, maybe it’s the fact that there’s always something more to learn …

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Woad Blue

It seems to me that all blues are the colour of the air—and this is certainly the case for woad blue. As the fall season comes to Canada, the hazy sky of summer clears and becomes a blue as deep as eternity offset by the flaming yellows and reds of the trees’ autumn leaves. It …

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Local Colour in Icons

Yesterday an article of mine appeared in the Orthodox Arts Journal entitled, “Local Color in Icons”. The piece is a reflection of how living in Conestoga for the last 15 years has shaped my iconographic work, and is ultimately about how much I’ve found that the material world (especially its local colour pigments) can inspire sacred artwork. As …

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Making an Icon Talk in Waterloo

Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 7:30 pm Great Hall at Conrad Grebel University College All are welcome for this public talk. Over the years, I’ve worked through a number of ways of sharing about the traditional practices of iconography. In this talk, we’ll weave together the theologic, historic, stylistic, and material considerations that all combine …

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A Piece of Linen

Here’s a copy of the sermon I gave at St. John’s Anglican Church in Elora yesterday. A Piece of Linen The text from which this writing is drawn is St Matthew 9. 18. WHILE Jesus spake these things unto John’s disciples, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now …

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Video Link

Chris Willard, from the Cambridge Centre for the Arts, and Brian Mullins, from Virtual Vistor, came by my studio last week and shot some footage for a project they have in mind.  Brian has kindly uploaded an example onto youtube for anyone interested.  If you like, you can make some popcorn and take a look …

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Conestogo: Chicks!

Three weeks ago one of my dorking hens went broody on a clutch of eggs.  Last year this didn’t end well, and none of the eggs hatched.  But I’ve learned a bit more about the hatching process since then and I thought I’d give it another go, and let things happen as they would.  So, …

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Conestoga: Eggs

I think that now is as good a time as any to show one of the chickens that is going to be providing a very important element in my icon: The binder.  The yolk from her eggs will be acting like a glue to stick the coloured powders I create. In a later entry I’ll …

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Father Nathanael’s Funeral

On May 18th, 2007 the Schema Monk Nathanael fell asleep in the Lord. It was my great blessing to be able to attend his funeral and participate as a layman. Father was many greater things in his own right, but to me he was my godfather, a spiritual father and a mentor within the arts. …

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Visiting the Desert

Today I visited a desert. While the experience wasn’t what you might think (especially because January and February are the cold and rainy) seeing the rock formations was wonderful. I had always thought that the rock formations within the iconographic tradition was especially stylized, but after seeing these rocks firsthand I realized that this was …

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