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Icon of the Nativity

A Christmas present for my family that I made in my best rendition of the Byzantine iconographic style I was surrounded by growing up. Major restrictions are that while I did participate in an iconography demonstration — once, for an hour — I wasn’t using any accurate material here (I did not have tempura or gold leaf handy), nor did I create this in the true spirit of iconography, wherein you fast and pray during the creation of the work.  This icon also has not been sanctified by any Orthodox clergy so it is not suitable for devotional use.

Instead, it’s a decoration that my parents bring out every year at Christmas and greatly enjoy.

Click through to see the process, some detail, and the finished deal.

Acrylic paint on wood. 2004.