A Journey into Writing Icons Begins Tomorrow
Tomorrow I begin a new journey. I love the day before a journey. The preparation, the anticipation. The sleepless night before, chasing anticipation around the room or, when I catch sleep, dreaming about the possibilities of the day ahead.
Today is such a day, for tomorrow I am going to begin with a series of lessons in icon writing. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am.
I do not know yet who I will be painting, that is part of the adventure. I do know that I found this print of St. Catherine of Siena, one of my favorites, at my teacher’s studio and I fell in love with it. But who I paint is not for me to decide, from what I understand, it will be a choice that is given to me and I will know it when I receive it.
That, in and of itself, is a great adventure.
St. Catherine (1347—1380) was born in Siena, Italy. It was a time of class feuds, religious wars, the Black Plague and famine; a time of transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
She seems to ask a lot of questions, pondering the vast unknowable God and his creation. Her relationship to God seems almost casual in it’s intimacy. I envy her confidence in grace received and childlike trust. I think she is someone I would like to spend time getting to know better.
[ REST IN PRAYER ]
The sun hears the fields talking about effort
and the sun
and whispers to
“Why don’t the fields just rest, for
I am willing to do everything
to help them
Rest, my dears, in
~St. Catherine of Siena
~ by Kimberly Mason on September 30, 2010.