Genesis 1:1-3 “Says in the beginning God prepared, formed, fashioned, the heavens and Earth. The Earth was without form an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light; and there was light.”
In icon painting this idea is represented in its use of lines. Without form we would have nothing, but dark empty space and nothing to fill with light. The lines lay the foundation for light to follow. Icons bring light to us through lines which create form. This is the task of the icon painter. There is a direct order of lines in the icon. If we look close, we can see the lines follow a sequence, a system, and a language through out each icon. These lines represent divine order that teaches us about the cosmos. The cosmos is divine perfection, that follows a direct order. Without order the universal, or orbital system would not operate smoothly. To us the cosmos may seem chaotic, it is exact with complete perfection that follows the nature of Gods plan. In the Practice of long hours Iconographer’s try to understand how to depict them. After a long study they will produce an exactness to the sculptured lines which people will recognize as authentic in the icon. Ancient icon painters developing the icon were faced with creating this task in designing a system of lines that represented divine order. This system of lines emanates perfection, it has been carried through the ages by icon painters by the rubrics and canons which hold true the integrity. That portrays the iconic image of God. When God formed man in His image and likeness he was perfect. Line perfection is not always visible to the on looker staring directly at an icon but, if we look, we will see it become reveled in time and the order in the icon will become visible.