I was able to put in a good day on the St. Thomas Aquinas Icon yesterday, but I needed to get the Thomas Merton Icon further along today. I'm very conscious of the fact that my son and I have to vacate our current home (and my studio) on March 31st. and with no idea where we will be after that.
The board and gessoing was completed earlier this morning and the design was transferred and inked in.
The unusual aspect of the Merton icon is its blue, instead of the usual red bole wherever the leafing will be. The reason being is that I will not be using patent gold leaf on this icon. The commission requested a Palladium patent leaf. It is the more stable substitute to silver leafing. Silver leafing, no matter what precautions you take, and even with varnish, will tarnish. Even White Gold leaf will tarnish. Palladium won't.
It will be interesting how the blue will guides the process.