Why red and what type of red when it comes to the garments of St Mary Magdalene? To highlight theelement of wealth and nobility* in the woman which, when freed from evil spirits , followed and supported materially Jesus throughout His teaching along...
November 1, 2018
The icon depicts the moment where Satan, Lucifer, fell away from God (and drew a part of the angels with him to destruction). At this moment Archangel Michael stood up and cried out before the faithful angels: Let us attend! Let us stand aright! Let us...
October 14, 2018
A (very challenging, yet very satisfactory) study of an icon,  the very first image of the type "Pantocrator" (All might God) - painted around 6th century AD.   I approached the icon as a "bridge" piece between ancient (...
August 17, 2018
Long time since I wrote a "how to" post - This time, I thought to deal shortly with top coats and the traditional ways to finalize your work. Egg-tempera is a very fine and durable material as long as it remains protected from insects (that...
April 9, 2018
A Greek engagement or wedding party, could never be complete, without a gift for its guests: The traditional boubouniera, a small "sweets bag" with sugar coated almonds. The sweets-sometimes made with bitter almond and sugar" ...
February 3, 2018
Byzantine painting , an art form that  was expressionism centuries (maybe a milennium) before expressionism /symbolism or surrealism ever even existed. Some of the characteristic elements of this painting "genre" that point...
August 26, 2017
The first iconographer painting the very first icon- A sequence, an icon inside of another icon- The story of the first icon (Panagia Odegetria) painted by the first iconographer (St Luke the evangelist) – The icon of Theotokos with Christ...
July 22, 2017
This post is dedicated to the the surface of the painting:- There are many recipes and various materials to prepare icon panels for byzantine icon making. This recipe is for  plywood panel in whatever size you wish to be covered that is covered...
July 9, 2017
 What about the mineral pigments? Despite the variety of colors available on the market, there are only  ten mineral powders that tradition holds necessary for the creation of a byzantine icon. So depending the school, or...
April 15, 2017
I know there are many resources on the web on how to make a byzantine icon, but lately I  've given some advise on how to start from the scratch, (what to buy, where to do it) and I think it would be useful  for beginners, wanting to set up...
April 2, 2017