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, 20th century martyr, St. Maria of Paris


Virgin of the Sign, based on 12th century icon


Virgin of the Sign, with full gold background. (This one is a gift for my translator of the last year.)


The Ascension, based on a 12th century Syrian icon.


Archangel Michael, based on an icon by Rublev.

2 Responses to “Finishing Icons”

  1. Zula Prada Says:

    I always enjoy reading quality articles by an author who is definately knowledgeable on their chosen subject. I’ll be watching this post with great interest. Keep up the good work, till next time

  2. ESally Vickery Says:

    Dear Professor

    May I say how much I have enjoyed reading about your sabbatical. You have used your prodigious talent to promote international goodwill and peace in a very beautiful and yet practical way.

    When I read your story I was reminded of the words of the contemporary Ukrainian iconographer, Ivanka Dymyd, “In order to understand the icon the intellect is not sufficient, love is required.”

    Best wishes from Brisbane Australia.
    ESally Vickery