Monday, May 21, 2007
KYKKOTISSA MOTHER OF GOD ICON
this icon was NOT done in a day. it was a long process, just completed (except for the final stage of olipha, or oiling the icon to preserve it), on friday. the medium is egg tempera on gessoed wood panel with 23k gold leaf and shell gold. it measures approximately 8 inches by 10 3/4 inches.
the original Kykkotissa Mother of God icon which was the prototype for this one comes from St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai. in December i viewed an exhibition of icons (not including this one) from St. Catherine's at the Getty Museum in LA—wow!
this weekend i was away at the oregon coast visiting dear friends from RAIN magazine days, and so i did not paint, but will use some of the beauty and inspiration in my daily paintings this week.