God said to Moses; “Look that make them after their pattern which was shewed thee in the mount”.
St. John of Damascus on the Holy Images spoke of icons as images preserved in writing, of good deeds of the past. Holy icons are an honor given to us, that passes over into the prototype. Portraits are snapshots in time that can be read as a visual story. Perception becomes clear when we take the time to experience what the icon has to offer. In some icons, the presence of love and devotion is so powerful that it admits miracles. For us, we wait for a miracle like empty vessels waiting to be filled with light. A spiritual ecstasy hovers over and can be developed in the making of such work. The sacred artist can experience the overwhelming feeling of joy and great happiness. An exaltation may continue being developed in the making of such work. Once the ability gained within ourselves finding glory for the work and within the work, becomes like the filling inside a cake, its sweetness and decadence never denied. There is a sweetness in the air when the icon is present in a home, hanging on the wall of a church or special place, honoring the God of matter sharpens our light. The true nature of God can be found in that place. Our world in that moment can be sweetened again by opening to the essence of the holy stream. And through the icon; truly the spirit reaches down, a holy divine mystery is on the artist brush and the work commences and it is through the fullness of the incarnation that it begins to take shape between each layer of paint. Darkness is then sweetened by light once again. Remembering these words as you work will put the light into motion. Ensuring a connection to the divine.