In January I was blessed by Bishop Thomas to be an iconographer. I have not spent as much time writing icons lately due to my work here, but I hope to have more time when my children are all in school. I started studying with Randi Sider-Rose, my dear friend from Immanuel Icons about 5 years ago, right before we moved away to DC. Both she and another iconographer that I studied under said that it takes 10 years to really be an iconographer, so I still consider myself an apprentice.
Randi and I worked together on a family icon for my god-daughter's wedding present and we hope to work collaboratively on a church or two in the near future. I have a few good things to add, but I must say that most of the knowledge and experience are on her end. Which is why I will be working under her.
Before we bought our big fixer upper house (and I decided to spend hundreds of hours scraping paint on a 30 foot ladder and painting the whole interior...) I used to spend many evenings working on iconography or chant. I am trying to work less on the house so that I can get back to that.
I don't think that I realized until recently how much ByzB requires of my creative energies. Many of the materials and games come to me "in the shower"---at those times when you least expect them. Many also come at 1 am when I can't sleep at night because I am excited about something new here. Every year that I taught elementary school the first two weeks of school were late nights because I couldn't stop thinking about all of the great ways I was going to teach my students.
The icon below is an icon that I finished in December. It is a present for Holy Cross Antiochian Mission in Dorr, Mi. My father-in-law and brother-in-law are both priests there. They have a relic of St. Maximos the Confessor and requested this icon (I changed the spelling to the Greek spelling after this picture).
SAHM by day; ByzB curriculum developer by night. My career was in teaching: kindergarten, first grade, bilingual reading, Suzuki piano, and Music Mind Games. Now I paint icons and spend lots of time making materials on the computer. My greatest joy is directing my students in their learning. This blog documents the process and provides a space for my other ramblings as well.