today was day two of the Six-Day iconography Workshop at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC. we are now working with egg tempera which is a long lengthy process. After 2 days of sitting on my butt for hours on end praying, fasting and painting the same thing over and over again making things perfect, I'm finally ready to see my family for a brief but much-needed visit. I head back to Washington tomorrow morning bright and early
Today was a long day painting 3 colors and gold. What made it long was the layering process needed for painting each of these colors. Each color was made by painting approximately 7 layers per color. Painting a layer isnt as easy as you might think, for one bit of overworking the paint will result in either picking up previous layers of paint leaving white streaks or clumping up the paints. It isnt easy to get a consistent layer of paint. Day 1 has been a success thus far.
I made it here to St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC 1 hour early so thought I would take a few photos. I didn't realize how close it is to the National Cathedral which obviously from the second photo is still being repaired from the earthquake a couple years ago. I will begin taking the Iconography Workshop that's a week-long in about a half hour.
tomorrow will be day 1 of a five day workshop on Iconography where i will be learning the process of writing(painting) an Orthodox Icon. Theodoros Papadopoulos is the instructor of the icon painting workshop. He is a well established instructor and the founder of an iconography school in Greece. This workshop will take place at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and I am honored to be going at the expense of the Saint Catherine Orthodox Church in Hagerstown MD. I am very grateful to all who contributed to this and to those who are helping our family while i am away.
11th generation artisan working in the shadows of the nations capitol at the top of the Shenandoah Valley