Progress is being made on the St. Mother Teresa icon, although slower then originally estimated, with always having to pack everything up for viewings of the condo and dealing with computer problems. Will be glad to get the condo sale done. Glad to have my computer back so I can also catch up on my journal entries.
I'm at the point with the icon where I need to do the gold leafing. The commission requested a gray background. I've adjusted the colour a few times but I need the gold in place in order to make any final adjustments. I'm keeping it to a more blue/lavender gray in order not to match the warmer whites in Mother Teresa's habit.
Once I get the gold in place, and given it time to set, I can then continue in finishing the fabric and then develop the faces etc. I will need to do glazes on the child's body.
In egg tempura, the gold leafing is usually done at the beginning. But with my technique, and using more opaque acrylics, I develop the icon to a mid-point (approx.). It gives me more freedom in working the icon without trying to protect the gold. Once the gold is done, then I have to always protect the gold from paint droplets etc.
There will be a delay for the next instalments of the journal entries as my computer died on Monday. It needs a new motherboard which I can't afford and all my files are on that computer. I need to sort out the financing ASAP.
But fortunately, messages sent through the contact form and purchases from the For Sale page come through on my email on my iPhone.
The only gifts offered on that first night were to the
Christ-Child. The modern marketing of this feast day
has turned it around to being all about receiving.
The Christmas Wish List from this feast, which still pertains
to this day is -
~ Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for 'theirs is the kingdom of heaven'.
~ Blessed are they who mourn,
for 'they shall be comforted'.
~ Blessed are the meek,
for 'they shall inherit the earth'.
~ Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for 'they shall be satisfied'.
~ Blessed are the merciful,
for 'they shall obtain mercy'.
~ Blessed are the pure of heart,
for 'they shall see God'.
~ Blessed are the peacemakers,
for 'they shall be called children of God'.
~ Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for 'theirs is the kingdom of heaven'.
A bit of a set back the last few days, with being in ER with a kidney stone. The last time I had this happen was 16 years ago. Anyone who is familiar with this know how bad the pain gets. My son brought me in to ER at 3am after suffering through 6 hours with no relief in sight. After being on IV with pain and anti inflammatory drugs I was fortunate to eventually pass the 5mm stone. Enough for those details.
And yesterday, I received the news that the offer on my condo fell through! I now have another viewing this afternoon with a second offer being presented. So I need to restage the condo and tidy up the studio now that I've been working on he Mother Teresa icon. I've been blocking in some initial darker base colours.
So things have become more complex and finances are very tight, in trying to cover 3 payments due in 3 days and groceries will likely not be possible. A typical scenario for an artist trying to support his family.
I'm waiting for final confirmation on the design presented, but it will be a 11"x14" icon of St. Mother Teresa. More info to come once the design is confirmed.
The Centenary Icon of the Holy Family is reaching the end of its tour to the parishes of the Winnipeg Catholic Diocese and Bishop Richard Gagnon added that 'the icon is well liked in Manitoba'. It will be permanently installed in St. Mary's Cathedral on December 4, 2015 during the closing weekend of the Jubilee Year (December 4-6).
St. Mary's Cathedral
353 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg MB
While waiting for some paint being mixed for my kitchen cabinets, I came across a Pro Painter magazine (Summer 2015 Volume 12, #2). The cover caught my eye as it had a photograph with the caption ~
'Divinely Inspired' Ecclesiastical Studio & Sons, Kansas City, MO has embraces church painting as their calling'.
The link to the article ~
The link to the Ecclesiastical Studios & Sons website: