I have long been an admirer of religious iconic art, not for religious reasons, but because I'm an artist. I particularly admire the images of the Byzantine era, but never painted any. I thought I would give it a try. After researching and watching a few U-tube classes I decided I didn't really have the patience to do true icon art. I have no interest in working in egg tempera, making my own paints, or tracing everything.
There is no reason why I cannot learn the basics of drawing the images and then painting my own version in acrylics or some other medium. So today I worked on my first piece of iconic art.
Well, it's a start anyway. It's really a lot different than I usually paint. It's flat. But I like it. It reminds me a lot of the paint by numbers I used to do when I was a kid. The technique is very similar. If one puts the right color in the right place, it suddenly has some dimension.
This is a paint by number I found recently at an estate sale, tucked away in the corner of a garage. I think they were just going to throw it away. Couldn't let that happen. I sort of have an affinity for these old cardboard paintings. It's really how I got interested in learning to draw and paint.
I'm looking forward to experimenting with more icon art, with more detail and decoration.