Below are two very short video demonstrations of the petit lac method and application of paint while using an easel.
The icon featured is one that I have been working on this December. To dress things up a bit, I've added music from YouTube's limited selection of generic genres. Given that reality, enjoy the choices made. The real trick was demonstrating with one hand and holding my camera in the other.
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Icon writing methods or techniques
There are books available on the subject of icon writing and you can read all about the process in detail. The only way that you will really learn these techniques, however, is to practice them.
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Icon paint application using Petit Lac Method. YouTube Caption: “PETIT LAC” means small lake in French. In reference to painting, this is where a generous and balanced amount of paint is applied to a surface (as demonstrated here) and then allowed to dry rather than being spread out.
1. egg tempera paint for this demo 2. paint consistency is thin, transparent 3. use light, even,consistent strokes for best results 4. after you have applied the paint DO NOT go back over or into the wet paint surface- ever 5. the petite lac needs to dry completely before you can continue 7. practice to develop a steady painting hand- here I am holding a brush with one hand the camera with the other 8. this all takes time; be patient
Icon paint application using a standing easel. YouTube Caption: 1. egg tempera paint for this demo 2. consistency- paint should not drip down or be too pasty 3. use light, quick, precise "tango-like" strokes 4. blend and even out all of strokes (before they are tacky) to achieve a flat, uniform appearance 5. slowly build up paint layers in all areas of the icon 6. layers need to be dry or set before applying additional coats or you will lift off the previous paint layers 7. practice to develop a steady painting hand- here I am holding a brush with one hand the camera with the other 8. this all takes time; be patient
1. As documented elsewhere, Old Testament Jewish children learned and copied scriptures on tablets. For special occasions, they were permitted to write what they learned on honey coated, waxed tablets. At the conclusion of this festive lesson, they were permitted to lick off the honey recalling Ezekiel, Chapter 3:3, where he proclaims that God's word is sweet as honey. Jesus likely participated in activities like this.
2. Recalling this ancient custom, students here are memorizing the Greek abbreviation for Mother of God or Christ-Bearer, ΜΡ ΘΥ (М҃Р Ѳ҃Ѵ). Later they will be hand writing this abbreviation onto a specially painted wood block and then covering each of the letters in gold leaf.
"Mother of God is the literal translation of a distinct title in Greek, Μήτηρ του Θεού (translit. Mētēr tou Theou), a term which has an established usage of its own in traditional Orthodox and Catholic theological writing, hymnography, and iconography. In an abbreviated form, ΜΡ ΘΥ (М҃Р Ѳ҃Ѵ), it often is found on Eastern icons, where it is used to identify Mary. "
YouTube video. 1.14 minutes.
3. Advent Season. We reflected on how the most pure Virgin Mary and New Ark of the New Covenant, carried Christ the Messiah, Our Savior, in her holy womb. She facilitated perfectly the carrying out of God's will in her life and His loving and almighty plan of salvation for us all.
4. Mary’s fiat merits the acclaim "sweeter than honey" and we honor her in that way. “It buds forth delights; it is sweeter than honey or the honeycomb. Drawn to its sweetness, we will always desire more. And there is obedience and service as well.”
Art Instruction and Photography CMJENTZ ©2017.
A December Poem
Winter is on its way. Today we read that "Following a mild weekend in the Midwestern United States, this week's snowstorm and arctic blast will be a rude awakening." True enough. But, let's focus on more than that. December, a nostalgic poem by Katherine Pyle, celebrates this season's blessings, fun and Christmas joy:
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For the next month, I will be posting about the custom Holy Family icon commission that I am currently writing. Part 2 is HERE. It began with board preparation earlier this year HERE. This is a contemporary icon meaning that is was completed today or in this current time period and not a century ago, for example.
Catholic Art Guild Conference with Sir Roger Scruton: "Beauty & the Restoration of the Sacred". Chicago 2017
This week we began a second project (here is the first) which was designed by myself to acquaint one young iconography student, Mariela, with additional paint techniques and applications often used in iconography.
Can an eight year be more excited about learning how to make a Stella Maris star than this photo suggests? I am guessing not. We both loved this theme.
Two Art Exhibitions of interest. Middle Eastern, Christian Art in Paris and pre-Christian art, The VIKINGS, in Ontario.
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