Custom made St Stephen Contemporary byzantine art Stefanus the First Martyr- egg tempera in beach wood reused recycled painting from Crete

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A custom order for the First martyr Stephen, Stefan or Stefanus, in a surf tumbled, recycled beach wood found in the shores of my island Crete.- An icon based on an older work of mine with colors and elements  related with the reference pic

The final piece will be similar but it can never be identical- After all, every brush stroke is unique

The size can be seen in relation with my hand and is 20 cm high

The driftwood was treated specially with gesso, to create the surface Copper metal leaves (imitating gold) will be added as a halo. They will eventualy interact with their environment and produce a sort of copperish patina that will add a more "prestigious" look to the artifact. Shellac and resin varnish are added on top to seal the colors and produce an icon that will last.

Delivery schedule- Timing
After the order, it is panel preparation and then the painting phase which will last about three-four weeks. I send a picture update as soon as the painting is done-  The colours and the top coats (shellac and varnish) will also remain to "rest" and completely dry.

Finally when the painting is totally ready- I pack the icon (prepared always as a gift) and send it first priority registered mail to you!

<3 Gift Wrapping: The icon is complemented with its own, wrapping and some extras mini souvenirs from our shop- Very suitable for a very personal and unique gift.