February 27, 2020:
The design for the Coast Salish icon of St. Joseph with Jesus has been completed and confirmed. I got it transferred and inked in on its 24X 36" x 1.5" floated wood panel.
You may recall the old prayer cards and such depicting St. Joseph in his carpentry shop, with the infant Christ. This is a similar context but set within the Coast Salish Culture, and Christ is portrayed as the young man in his early 20s, prior to his public ministry. St. Joseph would have been in his later years. St. Joseph, as guardian, is also passing on the history, culture and faith of his people. Joseph is also known as a holy Man of Dreams (the visions received).
In this icon, it was decided to use the setting of the early 1900s, as it would resonate more with the Salish/West Coast Nations in current times.
February 17, 2020:
While beginning the icon of Joseph Chiwatenhwa, I received the panel for the Coast Salish Icon of St. Joseph with Christ. With a wood floating panel, the process is a bit different. For one, all surfaces, including the support structure, need to be sealed and painted in order to protect against humidity.
* The back structure is gessoed to provide a good bond,
* A few coats of acrylic paint is then applied to the gesso.
* The sides are gessoed.
* The front panel is given coats of gesso and sanded.
This icon will not have any gold leafing, similarly to the St. Paul Icon or the Siksika Sacred Heart Icon.
Due to the complexity of this icon, I will be working on the design in full scale after laying drawing paper over the panel's surface. Drawing directly onto the gesso is not advisable, as the inevitable edits along the way will not erase from the gesso surface. I prefer transposing the final image with graphite paper.