Recent posts - Icon Writing

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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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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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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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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Paint and gold

December 20th, 2009 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Icon Writing)

Over the last few weeks I have painted the base colors on icon and prepared the chalk for gold with shellac. The icon is ready for gold. I added the gold and started trying to shade in the image. This is really much more complicated than it might seem since there is a particular style […]

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More Drawing

November 26th, 2009 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Icon Writing)

The board was approved so now I must finalize the drawing. I spent days studying the eyes, since the Greek and Russian styles of eyes are quite different. The hands also have longer thinner fingers to bring emphasis to where their gestures. Here is the second stage of my drawing. My almost finished drawing, with […]

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Beginning an Icon

November 26th, 2009 – by Jerry Holsopple (category: Icon Writing)

It takes time and patience to learn anything and that goes double for learning to paint an icon. I will use the term paint in my blog but the more correct word would be to write an icon. I started studying with Father Vladimir more than two months ago. I didn’t post anything because the […]

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