Christmas and Joy!

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This is a time of year for all of us to truly participate in Christ’s Presence amongst us.  I am starting a new icon of the face of Christ (from a Byzantine model) to carry me through the Christmas season with prayer and thanksgiving to our savior.

The other icon I’ve started recently is that a of Saint Benedict, from a Fra Angelico model.  photo copy 13

In the weekly  icon class I teach in Albany, New York we have been reading Esther DeWaal’s book “Seeking God” as a way of incorporating a Spiritual rule within our fellowship and practice.   “..writing his rule with a community of laymen in mind, his very clear grasp of the principles underlying the commitment underlying the vows remains applicable and valuable to all who are trying to follow Christ.” We are studying this book and its possible applications to iconography.

Here is my Saint Benedict – about 3/4 finished.    The best part is the finishing!

My website about teaching Iconography has just been updated with a new materials page for those who want to take class and are curious about what materials are needed.  There are useful links for purchasing materials on the site.

Recently one of my spiritual mentors, Randy Clark blessed two of my icons at a conference in PA.  Here is the video that my husband, Mick, took of the moment.  Randy Clark is a non denominational Pastor and teacher with a world wide ministry of healing.  He was praying that God’s healing grace would bless people through the icons. One of my icons is on the cover of his wonderful teaching on Communion.

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One of my early teachers-Vladislav Andreyev has created a lovely instructional video on how to write an icon which I highly recommend.  Here is a link to a promotional video which shows some of the steps of icon writing and describes his dvd.

 

That’s all for this month.  Have a wonderful, Christ filled Christmas!  As always I look forward to your comments and iconography events.  If you email me with icon information I will try to post it in the next blog.

Blessings,
Christine Simoneau Hales

www.newchristianicons.com                  www.christinehales.com

November Icon Blog 2013

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First, thanks to all of you who are bearing with my faulty web/blog process for these many months while I try to turn this ship around!  You will notice a new format here – one which I hope will allow more readability and easier transfer of information, photos and links.  As always, your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

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The Icon Class I teach at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany has evolved into a lovely group desiring to form the Saint Luke’s Guild of Iconography, whose initial main purpose is spreading the joy of icons throughout the world.  Saint Luke, the physician and Gospel writer,  is our patron Saint and we are reading Esther deWaal’s “Seeking God” The Rule of Saint Benedict,  for spiritual inspiration in the formation of our community.  There is an excellent Face Book page for the Guild, set up by Jennifer Richard-Morrow.

IMG_4306        I will be teaching a new icon writing class for beginners at the Art Center    of the Capital Region, Troy, NY on Thursday afternoons beginning in March 2014.

For information about taking icon writing classes visit: iconwritingclasses.com  or newchristianicons.com

 

We begin each class with prayer using an icon, and share a time of intercessory prayer for those who are ill and need healing.  Currently myself and the students in the class have an exhibition “The Art of Devotion” at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, New York, through the end of November.  This show has attracted a lot of community attention and has been drawing people into the museum who hadn’t visited previously.

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I have the honor of having my Christ in Glory Icon on the cover of the 2014 Missal for Oregon Catholic Press.  So happy when more people get to experience the joy of icons!

I’d like to share some photos of the icon gilding workshop I took with Peter Murphy, from the UK.  It was a superb class and I highly recommend it for next year.  This is the water gilding method – not for the faint of heart!

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The workshop was held in Fairfax, Virginia, organized by Veronica Royal.

“In all that he did in service of the Temple of God and in his effort to follow the law and the commands, Hezekia sought his God wholeheartedly.  As a result he was very successful.” 2 Chronicles 31:21

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Father, help us to please You in writing icons.  We seek Your face and cherish Your Presence in the process of icon writing.  Amen.