Friday, April 16, 2010

The Visitation is Finished

The Visitation Icon is Finished! In this photo, the gold has been added, the border lines, the halo rings, and the stars on Mary's robe. I did innumerable little touch ups here and there, and now it awaits being varnished. It will look the same but much more vibrant after being varnished. Then it will get blessed, and added to our prayer space at home.

What a fruitful 5 days!!

I really must thank my kids for all the help in keeping the house running. Everyone did school, everyone ate real food three times a day, got a full nights sleep, kept the house cleaned up and the laundry mostly cleaned.

This icon is from the book of Luke 1:39-56, when Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Upon seeing Mary, Elizabeth cries out, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. "

Mary responds with these words, known as the Magnificat:

My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Remember, you can click on the photo to get a larger view.


Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Oh, that is glorious !
Well done :-)

Has it been made specifically for someone, or is it one you just wanted to do ?

Mary Poppins NOT said...

I took part in a workshop and this was the chosen pattern. I am not certain what I'll do with it, but I know it won't go to waste~

Adrienne said...

AWESOME!!! What a gift you have been given from God! So beautiful.

Adrienne said...

All of your work is beautiful and honors God. Many Blessings!

Hazel Price said...


(I set out to send this as an e-mail but my server continually refuses your given e-address which ever way I try to format it, so I'm having to send through your comment box though it is rather long and perhaps a bit personal for that).

I am a 70year old Christian woman, Welsh by birth, living in England, attending an Anglican church, but joyfully knowing that the body of Christ is not to be contained in denomination, but celebrated in, and throughout all of creation.

I have just read your blog for the first time and was moved to tears, both as I read, and as I looked at your work on your iconography site. I believe it is the sweetness of the Holy Spirit which has so touched me through you. Thank you for being HIs instrument.

I am a painter, and for some time my husband has said he wonders why I am not drawn to painting icons, but I have thought I would baulk at the formality of the traditional disciplines, much though I love and have benefited from icons themselves. One of the reoccurring themes I have felt drawn to however has been the visitation, and in looking at your beautiful rendition suddenly I believe I feel the call to indeed begin to look for training in this ancient and holy art form. Who would have thought it?

You can see I was really blessed by every part of your pages, and would like to ask your permission to use your Jesus Prayer button on my blog.

May God richly bless you, your new babe, and the whole of your family.

In gratitude and thanksgiving,

Hazel Price

priest's wife said...

hi there! Do you make prints of your icons?