Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Children's Icons using Watercolor pencils: The True Vine

The next Icon:                                              The True Vine

There are two parables that are  'the two pillars' of this particular approach to being with children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, CGS. 
"The Good Shepherd", which I showed in the previous post, and  "The True Vine".

I am working on an Icon Pattern Book for children.
Uncluttered, 'just the essential' as we like to say in CGS.
Self publishing, hope to get 'my proof' copy soon, get it edited, then out to YOU. Stay tuned.....

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The children want to create...from 5 yrs to 10 years...

In our retreat room for the youngest child at church,(3+),our subject/theme at this time of the year is The Good Shepherd.
Emmanuel Cusnaider, The Good Shepherd  icon is the inspiration/cartoon.
It is perfect, just the essential lines for the child.
We decided to spare ourselves the paint brush clean up as our time is short, and a lot of children.
So water colour pencils are the choice, for now.
Here are the steps, worked out by myself today.
After Sunday, I will post the child's work, creations.





Friday, 30 November 2018

Home with the Three Archangels

Last weekend I went to visit the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, the city of Toronto principal church. It has been magnificently renovated and  also now has a new space for a Gift Shop. Curious to see if any original art was being sold, I went to visit. Most of the items are reproductions, it is not a "Gallery', it is a Gift Shop. Here at my Blog, I am showing reproductions, on metal, of my Three Archangels. Write me at:  athomewsoul@gmail.com to purchase your set.

Archangels standing guard in my window. This reproduction on metal makes them waterproof, fade proof,
and as bright as the evening stars, as constant as our daily sun.

Archangel Raphael God's Healing
5 x 7 reproduced on Metal
$60.00

Archangel Michael  God's Protection
     5 x 7  reproduced on metal 
$60.00 

Archangel Gabriel  God's Messenger
        5 x 7  reproduced on metal
$60.00   

Monday, 26 November 2018

In "My Store", on the right side of the Blog under Pages...
I have The Infancy Narrative Cards for sale.
This site does not bundle the card sets if you want more than one, they charge shipping per item.
Write me if you would like to purchase more than one set, athomewsoul@gmail.com

Set of six Infancy Narrative cards $10.00
Set of six flat cards, following " The Annunciation " through to "the Flight into Egypt"...scenes from the early years of Jesus.  You lay the cards out in any order, they are numbered on the back, and then place them in order and  through the Art pictures tell  the story of Jesus early years. Then your child can imitate you and tell you the story.
Blessings as we enter through the door of Advent to await Jesus coming.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Coptic Madonna and Jesus with attending angels, three options

 I  just received, from  POSTERJACK , a Toronto based printing company, two more options for printing my Coptic Madonna and Jesus. I am so impressed at the quality of the product BUT the acrylic cube is stunning. At certain angles, it looks like you are staring down a hallway of repeat image, especially the attending angels.

5 x 7 Acrylic cube
$125.00

Coptic Madonna and Jesus
on 5 x 7 metal, $70.00
5 x 7 acrylic cube  $125.00
8 x 10 metal, framed $160.00

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Coptic Madonna printed on metal

Mother Mary and child Jesus with attending Angels
8 x 10 printed on metal
          $160.00        

This first egg tempera Icon that I painted in 2006, based in the Coptic tradition, has been printed on metal. It is very difficult to photograph as the metal is always picking up all the light. But that is also its attraction, especially when the full force of the sun finds it. And it is can withstand the full sun as the metal is indestructible. Contact  Mariann  at   athomewsoul@gmail.com 
or visit My Store on right bar under Pages....................




Thursday, 23 August 2018

Why so many titles for the Mother of God?

Yesterday, on our Catholic calendar we celebrated  the Queen-ship of Mary. On August 15th, we celebrated a Feast, her Assumption, or on the Orthodox calendar, her Dormition.
Why so many titles for this woman who lived such a hidden life? For me, her first 'yes' is the moment I keep returning too. She, who by God's choice, carried the Son of God, made flesh through her, to be born Light of the world.
I recently saw this B&W painting on a wood panel, of  The Annunciation , by the hand of Emmanuel Cusnaider, Argentina. See his Facebook page for a collection of his paintings,and wood carvings, a stunning talent.

I copied it onto untreated canvas...........in the Orthodox tradition, Our Lady usually has three stars indicating her virginity before, during and after . I have chosen three crosses, indicating her son's path, his greatest act of love for us.