Another Brush with God

Further Conversations about Icons

Peter Pearson

Oct/2009, 152 Pages, Paperback, 8.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819222985



Step-by-step instructions for painting icons, from original drawings through finished product. This is the sequel to the authors previous work, A Brush with God, for advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced iconographers. It presents greater detail and instructions for creating entirely new icons. One major feature of this book is the full-page sketches that artists can photocopy and use as the basis of their own icons, providing a unique and much-requested resource. Includes eight full-color plates of the author's original icons.

Chapters and topics include:

    •Introduction and contemporary reflections on iconography, spirituality, and technique.

    •Highlighting folds on full-length figures, including black and white renderings of draped legs, arms, and torsos.

    •Architectural and landscape renderings in Byzantine iconography, including background shadow and highlighting techniques, plus inverse perspective.

    •Festal icons, involving multiple figures, landscapes, architecture, furniture, vegetation, and animals.

    •Construction of heads, figures, and analysis of whole compositions, sacred geometry and proportion.

Peter Pearson is a well-known American iconographer. Through monthly icon-painting workshops around the country, plus frequent speaking engagements at diocesan conferences and other events, he has worked with thousands of students. A former Benedictine monk, he now serves as a priest in the Diocese of Bethlehem.

"This would be a wonderful gift for anyone with experience in icon-making."—Episcopal Life

"Another Brush with God provides a unique and much-requested resource. Pearson provides tips that enable readers to tackle any icon with confidence. Above and beyond all the technical details, using this book inspires readers to fall in love with iconography, engaging with this ancient discipline that will enrich them for many years. Readers, whether advanced beginners, intermediate, or advanced iconographers, may also discover how painting icons helps them to pray more deeply and that by painting the saints, they become more saintly."—Sir Read-a-Lot

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