The Blessing

May 30th, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Icon Writing)

My year of learning to paint icons with Father Vladimir came to a close on Thursday. Vika and Ona, the two students who translated for us and accompanied me on this journey were there as well. I arrived early at his church on Thursday evening for the blessing of the six icons that I wrote […]

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Finishing Icons

April 25th, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Icon Writing)

My time here, learning to paint (write) icons, is wrapping up. It has been an enriching time of conversation via a translator, of learning to draw and paint, of reading about the saints and spending time in prayerful preparation for the painting. Here are images of the finished icons. Maximilian, 4th century martyr Maria Skobtsova, […]

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Palanga

April 25th, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Lithuania, Photography)

We spent our last Saturday walking at the beach and in the parks at Palanga. It is still fun to walk to the bus station, and take a ride to your planned destination. The green was pushing out so I shot a bunch of infrared images mostly near the sea. The last of this series […]

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Easter

April 7th, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Lithuania, Photography)

My first Easter in Lithuania was eventful. I enjoyed the many designs on the eggs that are so different from what I grew up with. On Friday I went to the carrying of the cross from Christ the King, through old town to Mary Queen of Peace. The crowd was so large that buses couldn’t […]

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Many Faces in Icons

April 7th, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Icon Writing)

I have been spending many hours painting icons over the last weeks. I have been working on an Ascension which has 18 faces. It sometimes seems overwhelming but the style is also more minimalist than some of the pieces I have been working on. I am fascinated how Mary here represents the whole church which […]

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Rome

March 21st, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Photography)

For spring break we took a trip to Rome. It was a nice break from the winter of Lithuania and a chance to see art everywhere. Just walking the streets and trying to jam into the metro were fun. Click on this image to see some of the street activity. It rained the first evening […]

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The Big Melt

March 3rd, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Icon Writing, Lithuania)

Winter is finally starting to disappear. We had a few days of melting which created large puddles or as I like to think of them, mirrors. This winter I have been purchasing wool socks, knit by older women who often sell them along the narrow streets or in open air markets. I now have ten […]

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Winter in Klaipeda

February 20th, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Lithuania, Photography)

Yesterday was the first day above freezing for more than two months here in Klaipeda. That is a long stretch for me, since I am used to Virginia where the snow that doesn’t last too long (except for this year while I am gone). I thought it would be a good time to show some […]

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Icon painting in the cold winter

February 9th, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Icon Writing, Lithuania)

We have been experiencing cold temperatures and a pile of snow.  That means I’m not out photographing as much, but spending more time painting.  If you look out my kitchen window you can see the pile of snow.  I don’t have a car so I don’t have to worry about driving in the ruts, but […]

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Winter in Riga and Tallinn

January 1st, 2010 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Photography)

Over the Christmas break I traveled in the Baltics with my children, who are here for their vacation. The experience of these cities is really different with snow on the ground and the extended periods of darkness. It seems every square is full of stalls selling handcrafted items and other goods. While I am writing […]

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