After working with the same rate sheet for years, in trying to help out, the reality is such that costs and overhead costs have increased significantly. By the time I factor out these costs (building and preparing the icon boards, gold leaf, archival quality paints, etc.) I often dare not calculate what is left for my labour. So I've had to review the rate structure for 'Torso' icons, 'Full Image' icons, and Festal Icons. If you have a type and size range of icons that you are considering for a single or series of church icons, please contact me using the above Contact Form with your inquire. Quotes can also be prepared for specially cut icons and for mural projects.
For those who were hoping to see my actual rate sheet here, I can't post it online as no other artist or iconographer does that. A rate sheet on its own can be misunderstood without any context as to why (complexity of design, number of figures in the icon, size, amount of gold leaf, and hours which go into an icon, etc.).
The packed icon was picked up this afternoon and is on route to its home in Edmonton.
I was very touched by the Seminary's invitation to bring me to Edmonton for the special event on September 2nd. But with prior commitments, I was unable to accept the wonderful opportunity. I will have to be there in spirit.
The Festal Icon is packed and ready to begin its journey to Edmonton first thing tomorrow morning. Getting the materials, building the crate, and the packing the icon (which is a process onto itself) takes 8 - 9 hours.
Been two very long days and 3 hours sleep, but the icon is completed and the first coat of sealer has been done. The first coat always take longer to set and dry. I'll set my alarm to get up during the night to do the second coat. It is important to give the varnish as much drying time a possible before it gets packed in its crate Tuesday night.
Project in the morning will then be to design and plan the crate so that I can pick up the materials tomorrow.
This icon is on a flat panel with no raised frame. The image looks like it is floating on the gold background. The colours are always so much brighter once sealed, but it then becomes very challenging to take pictures in my small studio because of the glare. If time allows, I try to get a few pictures before I varnish.
The icon begins its journey to Alberta on Wednesday morning, and will arrive in time for the special event at St. Joseph Seminary on September 2nd.
Such bad timing! After 3 days of being laid up with a fever and coughing up a lung, a walk-in confirmed last night that I have a combo of a reflux flare up AND a virus (and the usual advise to get lots of rests over the next week)! The fever broke this morning but now have to drag my butt and cough through this week; completing and icon commission and building a shipping crate (having asked for a 2-day delay for pick up for early next week) and delivery of the paintings for the Port Moody exhibit. There just isn't room for an artist to get sick.
Another good day today. Got to work on the flooring while it was laying flat, and then started the process once again of shifting everything between my studio and my bedroom to retrieve the easel that I had built for the Winnipeg Centenary Icon. It works better in getting closer to the icon, unlike my other 2 easels. Now that the icon is back on an easel, I continue the writing process. The remaining days are flying by.
I'm hoping that the mortgage broker that I'm speaking with, can come up with an option with my fixed income in order to get a better studio and living situation for my son and I on Vancouver Island. The market on the Mainland is utterly beyond an artist, or 2 artists (my son is a musician/composer).
Now that the gold leaf is in, and while the sealer has time to properly set, I'm leaving the icon on its saw horses in order to work on the flooring before I put the icon back on an easel. It's easier working lines while the icon is flat.
Very aware that the icon needs to be completed and varnish by Wednesday of next week, so that it can be crated in time for the 24th. Oh, and I still need to built the crate as well.
It was inevitable!
I always shut off air circulation and use plastic to control dust and hair (cat especially) from settling on the gold size as it is drying to tack. Well... not only did a cat hair get on the icon board yesterday...but a whole cat! She had figured out a way of getting up there to explore. I'm sure she wasn't pleased with the surprise of the semi tack adhesive on her paws. I did a second coat of size today after sanding down the last coat and will be gold leafing in another hour or so. As for the painted surface with paw prints, I will be lightly sand those spots and do touch ups.
Cat paw prints are a first for me after 30 years of iconography with a cat in the house. The other hurdle with a cat in the house is that cats love to lick off the natural red clay bole which has fish glue in it! Comes as a bit of a surprise when you enter your studio the next day only to see all the red bole gone from the icon.