Russian icons are fascinating pieces of religious art and I thought it would be fun to paint one. I found a picture of a gorgeous one to try copying (see below.) If you aren’t familiar with these icons, they are painted faces and hands of the Mother and Child but then the surrounding areas are covered with silver or gold leaf or tin in three dimensional low relief. Originally I thought of using the wine cap foil as the surrounding metal, but that didn’t work out so I just used acrylic paints with shiny metallic gold paint for the surround. Painting is hard, sheesh. But I’m happy enough with this little painting and it’s tender message. I feel fortunate to have our family together for the holidays and hope all is well with you and yours. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a new year filled with peace and joy.
Detail from Vladimir Mother of God, 1874 from the book Mary Images Of The Virgin In Art by Marion Wheeler
That is truly lovely!
Glad you like it, Anne. Thanks.
Just beautiful Jodie.
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Beautiful, Jodi. Thanks for this lovely holiday greeting. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Nice explanation and nice work!
Jodi, this is beautiful–the texture, the colors, everything. wonderful job!!
Thanks Mary Jane!
I’m joining in with the crowd: That’s beautiful, Jodi!
I love this, it’ like a ‘primitive’ version of the original and I actually like it better, warmer and more modern both – I have both my two lovely daughters and lovely son-in-law here so all is well.
Thanks Michele. Warm wishes to you and your family.