Continuing on my "I have all these ridiculous topics I've written about" side quest, additional digging into the bowels of my external hard drive has produced this gem. Note that this one delves into the more complex nature of religion during the Byzantine period, but does little to define them for folks that are unsure … Continue reading Byzantium and conspiracy theories: because Prokopios – another short essay.
I have a treasure trove of weird, short papers I've done throughout my academic and professional career. Every now and then, I revisit my folders to find a source, and run into an occasional gem of an essay that was either an assignment, or a way for me to start additional research that I never … Continue reading Insult “Culture” and Violence in Early Merovingian Gaul – short essay
So, I don't have a ton of pictures of this, mostly just the end result. The total was 3 floats of highlights, then the embellishments, inscription, shell gold, and border. Total amount of time on this one board: 15 hours. A "light" amount of work. @_@ Use of a pattern doesn't necessarily mean a copy, … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 6: Completion
There's not going to be many pictures from here on out, because I need to concentrate. So I probably won't make another post until I do the finishing touches in a couple of days. Anyways, the next step is layers of highlights and lowlights. This could be as few as two, or many, many more. … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 5: Highlighting
Egg Tempera is a great medium, but it takes some getting used to. As far as iconography has gone, I have never used a ready-made paint. I have always used dry pigments mixed with egg binder, even in my not-so-great early pieces. I've since learned the quirks of it, but I still have a bit … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 4: Egg Tempera and Painting
So. Part of blogging a process as you go along means it's harder to hide mistakes. Mistakes are a natural process of life, and as such, I hate them. But, as part of a learning process, I'm not sugar coating this post. I made some booboos, and learned that Florida humidity is unkind to the … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 3: Gilding
This post shows you the deepest darkest secret of iconography: the patterning process. This is tongue in cheek for obvious reasons. Why? No, really. While many iconographers draw their own images, the vast majority of them are made from patterns that have existed since the Middle Ages or Early-Modern period. You can go on Amazon … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 2: Patterns and Bole