Thursday, May 25, 2006

Icon Study Archangel

Icon Study Archangel
Egg Tempera on Board with gold leaf
297mm x 210mm
Wellington, New Zealand

This Icon was an exercise in Roberto Paulet's class at Inverlochy Art School in Wellington. It look an entire term to complete as it was done in the ancient traditional fashion. Getting to grips with mixing the pigment with egg yolk to make the paint was the most challenging aspect of the project. The stinky boiled rabbit skin glue used in the initial preparation of the board will not be forgotten. We also studied the fascinating origins and symbolism behind traditional Icons.