This is one of the three icons that our Parish has acquired. As I was exploring some of the methodology involved in writing an icon, I came upon this most amazing site, where the traditional methods are very precisely outlined. I continue to be intrigued by the process, as much as the result! If my readers are interested in the historical significance of icon-writing, this is also a great resource. The gold speaks to me about LIFE and LIGHT and it is an element that resonates throughout the other colours present in the writing, in the warm rich earthy greens, blue and red.
I wanted to incorporate gold into the Tree of Life, as well. I think it will add relief to the piece and that, given some staining with a darker purple, it will show off the gnarled texture of the tree’s trunk.
“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.”