My second tip to painting icons is to find an iconography teacher. Most iconographers are hidden and are found in a small studio deep in the outskirts of Russia, Greece and Italy. Some have found their way here to the USA and are painting churches. Its is important to know who your teacher is and know who their teacher was because; the legacy of classical traditional icon painting is handed down from master icon painter to student. The techniques are often passed on through the ages. Usually iconographers have a lineage that dates back through the ages. This timeless practice is carefully reveled to the willing student who are committed to the practice.