Charli Phillips guessed #5, which is a good indicator of the kind of quality stuff Charli reads, since these were first lines from C. S. Lewis' book 'Til We Have Faces. (Charli is mother to Patrick, my almost-12-year-old Godson, who was born in Mississippi but now lives near Seattle. Patrick has a dog named KUDZU, which just goes to show you that you can take the boy out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the boy! Hi, Patrick, and Happy Birthday on the 14th!)
Since I mentioned icons earlier, this is a good time to explain a little bit for the unitiated. Icons are images of Christ, His Mother, angels, and saints, traditionally seen in Orthodox Churches all over the world. My church here in Memphis, St. John Orthodox Church, is part of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Icons are sometimes called "windows to Heaven," because they are holy images that help us see past the here and now into eternity. The process of painting an icon is sometimes called "writing" an icon, because the artist is writing the life of the saint in pictures (iconography) rather than in words (hagiography.) (Click on any of the underlined words in this paragraph to read more.)
It's a joy to have three of my icon students painting with me in my studio all day today and tomorrow. Laura, Kathy and Charles - I'll put the coffee pot on first thing in the morning! For more information about commissioning an icon or taking a class, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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