Drawing Closer to Christ: A Self-Guided Icon Retreat (Paperback)Joseph Malham (author)
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Internationally acclaimed iconographer Joseph Malham takes you through an eight-day, self-guided contemplative retreat to create your own icon of the Christ Pantocrator (Ruler of All). For 1500 years, icons have helped Christians meditate and pray. Used in homes and public worship, these symbolic images represent the presence of Christ and the saints. Malham has been practicing and teaching iconography for twenty years, encouraging ordinary people to create their own icons and be transformed by the spiritual practice. In Drawing Closer to Christ, he invites people of all levels of artistic talent to the contemplative experience of creating a sacred image. Using the ancient icon Christ Pantocrator as your pattern, you will learn how to enter into the process of tracing the icon into the wood, applying gold leafing to the halo around Christ's head, and blending the paint to create beautiful colours that radiate holiness. Malham provides a list of supplies needed for each stage and step-by-step directions with detailed photographs. The first seven days of the retreat follow the rhythm of the Genesis account of creation. On the eight day, you'll learn that while the finished icon represents the personality of the artist, it is still Christ.
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
"Drawing Closer to Christ is a thing of beauty; an invitation into the heart of the holy through art. Joseph Malham takes the reader gently by the hand and guides them through the stages of writing an icon, making such prayerful creating accessible to everyone." --Christine Valters Paintner, Author of The Artist's Rule
"As a Catholic, I have always been drawn to icons without knowing much about them. Joseph Malham's beautiful new book not only taught me about the spiritual logic of iconography but it also led me to believe that even I would be able to create a gold leaf halo and paint the face of Christ." --Paula Huston, Author of One Ordinary Sunday
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