I often promise myself to spend some time pursing my creative bents and most often I do not! This weekend has been an exception. Yesterday I attended an Iconography day workshop, with great anticipation as last year I couldn't get booked onto the Madonna Icon workshop.
I greatly admire many religious iconic paintings, and am always drawn to them for some reason. Duccio's Maesta being one of my favourites and it moved me to tears the last time I saw it in London. It left me deeply affected. I had to sit down as I was overcome with palpitations and light-headedness. I also was similarly affected each time I have visited the La Faruk triptych
in the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, without knowing the amazing history of the paintings.
So armed with my colour copies of these favourites and of a few favoured angel images
thrown in for good luck, I attended with my best sable brushes, palettes and enough enthusiasm I hoped to see me through.
We were given gesso prepared wood panels, fine pages of 24ct gold leaf, size, pigment and egg yoke to make our own egg tempera. Six hours of bliss. No distractions, no phones, kids, computers, demand-less me time! I left with my palette of tempera to finish off 'writing' my icon at home.
Sunday- I finished off the Angel Icon, as I had dreamt about him - Archangel Michael the protector- and his eyes were too modern so I woke up and got out my table easel and completed it to my satisfaction.
I then touched up a watercolour I had been meaning to tidy up for a year.
In our last house I had used one of the greenhouses as my den
unfortunately as the weather cooled the condensation overnight damaged the painting.
I removed all my gear right away and it has been packed up
and so mentally out of reach for sometime. Until this weekend.
It is all now in the conservatory.
At hand. No excuses now. I even started a small painting of one our beloveds.
Barney who passed a few years ago. I wanted to try and do him justice, I have never attempted to paint animals. It's only light and shade after all, but I've started it and there is a likeness,
so now I have a project on the go and l'm all revved up!
...and yes Barney only had one eye!