Tender Mercy 3-2016

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8″ x 10″ x 3.75″ Egg tempera. This Icon is done at Nazareth Hermitage, Ava, MO. The air is so wet. It takes forever for the bole to dry, then for a long time more to be able to work on the surface of the gold. But finally I finish the work. Thank Her!

The Old Testament Trinity Icon-2015

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Icon of The Holy Trinity. Based on Andei Rublev with oil paints on wooden board.

The Old Testament Trinity Icon. Based on Andrei Rublev. Instead of egg tempera as usual, I am using oil paints on this Icon with glazing technique to see how it works: It takes much longer to finish the work. But I am not on a hurry, I want to take time to contemplate on this great mystery, my favorite one.

According to the Old Testament, the Three Angels stopped at Abraham’s house to visit. It turned out that the Messengers were from God to give Abraham and Sarah a message about a son would be in Sarah’s womb. The meaning of it had fulfilled by Christ’s coming in New Testament. Christ as the Second Person, sitting in the middle, with Blue cloak as His Divinity nature wrapping the red earthy life tunic. There are two natures in one Person as He is God and Man. His face as an obedient Son, He turns to the Father, the First Person on the left, to wait for order. On the right is the The Third Person ready to go out to proclaim the Good News as the dynamic works of the Holy Spirit in our world after the discussion at the Table is completed. Bread and Vine is the Great serious Mystery the Angels are discussing.
To look at the Icon means we are looking at the presence. The flatness of the stylistic painting stops our eyes at the “here” and “now”. The Divine presence is here, in front of us, not far away or behind. That is why the Icon never has shadow or three dimensional look as the other kinds of painting. It requires us to stop thinking, to pray with the Icon here and right now.

Triptych

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Christ the Teacher- Our Lady of Tender  Mercy, the New Testament- Saint John the Baptist, the end of the Old Testament.

The middle one is 30″x 24″x 5/8″ . In egg tempera on gessoed oak wood panel.

 

Our Lady of the Desert 25th Anniversary

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Acrylic on canvas,  30″  x  40″. Celebrating silver jubilee 1990-2015. The history of the Benedictine nuns, Our Lady of the Desert monastery: began at El Rito, NM ( upper right), moved to Santa Cruz, NM ( lower right); later, moved to Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, NM  (upper left). I joined when the monastery was here.  Ten years later, passing by Saint Rose de Lima church in Blanco for one year and a half ( lower left)  then moved to the present desert in Gobernador, where Saint Benedict is standing.

The painting is on the way to New Mexico. I hope the Sisters will get it before the Solemnity of Saint Benedict this Saturday as they are going to celebrate their 25th anniversary. This is the surprise for them. I worked day and night to finish it on time because the idea just came to me in the last few days.  The page of the rule on his hand is still blank. I did not have time to write some words on it, many details are not done well…

The Nativity

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This 24″ x18″ Icon is the second one contributed to Casa Angelica in Albuquerque. Egg tempera with 24 kt. Italian gold background in water gilding technique. You might want an explanation on the Icon. Here it is:

“The Nativity”, The Birth of Our Lord ( I based on the 15th century Russian Icon)
The emphasis of the icon is on the figure of Our Lady who gave birth to God as she bore the name “Theotokos”, “God Bearer”. It is different from the Nativity  we used to see depicted by the Western artists.
Top left expresses the Heavenly Joy of the Angels. The opposite side, the Angel announces the Good News to the shepherd. Below the Angels, on the left, are the three kings on their way to look for the King of kings. Left lower corner, is Saint Joseph who was confused by the devil who tried to tell him that it was impossible for a virgin to give birth. To the right, the servants are giving Baby Jesus a bath showing His earthly life.