Dec. 6&7, 2016
I dropped off the hardboard to a cabinetry place in Nanaimo, along with the templates from Alberta, to get the 4 panels cut (one with a keyhole slot). While I wait for those to be cut, I have to pre-shrink the mid weight muslin to prevent major pull on the hardboard when it comes time to adhering it to the thin hardboard. Because of the thinness of the hardboard, I need to use a medium weight muslim as a more secure base for the gesso and the icon itself.
Nov. 25, 2016
I received confirmation today that I've also been commissioned to write 4 icons which will be inset into a refurbished tabernacle for one of the rural Ukrainian Churches in Alberta. I am looking forward to that project, and it will be great to writing these icons for the Ukrainian community in Alberta. Much of my early work and murals are in Vermilion, Derwent and Lloydminster. The Canadian Icon is also in Edmonton. It has been a few years since.
Father Jim Nakonechny has sent the templates for the 4 panels today and I've begun working on draft designs which I can adapt once I receive the templates.
Always happy to keep receiving commissions as I maintain the quest for sales of my paintings.
I'm pleased to say that I've received another icon commission, and as has been the pattern, with a new original journey of discovery.
I've been asked to write another icon for the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School in North Vancouver, BC.
This icon will be of the founder of the Sisters of the Child Jesus, Anne-Marie Martel. The Order has had a long connection to the school, and its convent was situated next door. In recent years, the school has expanded to include the Convent.
There is only one official portrait from to 1600s for Anne-Marie Martel, signed by the Bishop at the time, and which the Sisters Of The Child Jesus had found and embraced as the image of their founder. It isn't a refined portraiture but it is the only one that was painted almost immediately following her death. There were two other paintings of her at a later time but they both went to a stern religious format which has little bearing to the original signed by the Bishop. She is not known as Sister Anne-Marie Martel because "she died before knowing that she founded a religious congregation" (Sister Denece Billesberger). my task is to remain true to it, and hopefully bring it to a level which is pleasing to both the Order and St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
The St. Paul icon has been completed, But before I give it 2 coats of varnish, my quest is to try and get a picture of it that is square to the frame. Once varnished, the glare makes it very difficult in the space I now have, where I don't have enough space to avoid the glare with the lighting.
I am also attaching the Commentary on the icon.