Words from The Oracle

Words from The Oracle - The phoenix can only fly when its feathers are grown

Monday, 26 May 2014

Weeping Madonna Icon

Weeping Madonna Icon  - Painting number 77
Oil Painting on Canvas 2.5x3.5 inches.

So what's this miniature Icon?
The Virgin Mary crying, her eyes blinded by tears of grief. 
Such pain in her heart.

Below is the sketch I did in Photoshop to practice before attempting the miniature icon above. 
If you zoom into the sketch she has perfect little tears. Obviously I couldn't add these to the miniature icon above as the tears are only a fraction of a millimetre wide in the actual painting.
Thinking therefore of painting a larger version.

Elena xxX


Archangel Michael and the Unicorn Icon

Archangel Michael and the Unicorn  - Painting number 76

Oil Painting on Canvas 39x49 centimetres.

So what's this Icon?
It's Saint Michael with peacock wings riding a unicorn, fighting a globe holding dragon. 

What's the meaning behind it?
Icons are filled with stylised imagery of symbolic meaning. A gesture of a hand, a feather, a bird, all aspects of an icon have thoughtfully considered meaning. An icon is not meant to be painted, it is meant to be written.

"Catholics can't write Icons".
Yep, I,  being born Roman Catholic, obviously have not adhered to the strict writings of Russian orthodox iconographers. I have adhered to the rule that you must start with Archangel Michael before all others, I even created my own feather paintbrushes from scratch but in the end, I found that I was simply unable to stick to the strict writing rules.
So for all those who say "Catholics can't write Icons" I would have to say, well... 
I'm proof of that. 
I just couldn't stop myself from adding a little new renaissance beauty.

In regards to painting's meaning, the unicorn is the national emblem of Scotland the rest you'll just have to figure out for yourself : )

Elena xxX