And if so should it look like this?                                                         or this?       or this?                                 […]


How to Make an Icon Corner and Change the World

by David Clayton on March 21, 2014

A new book tells us how to create one, has icons you can pull out and frame and how to pray in the family so that it become a force for cultural renewal.  The force to change the world begins with us. We must change ourselves, and then our families and then society will change. […]


Here is another new icon of a familiar image. reader David Woolf from Wales sent this to me and I will let him describe the process by which it was commissioned: ‘I wanted a travelling icon, so it is a diptych – it goes with me wherever I travel. I have a great devotion to […]


Creating a New Icon – St Winifride

by David Clayton on January 24, 2014

How to create something new without stepping outside tradition. Those who have ever attended an icon painting class will know that the method of teaching is to copy an existing icon and that deviation from the prototype is usually flatly forbidden. This is an important part of the training – provided that the student is given […]


Thanks to reader Walter who gave me a link through to an article in the Orthodox Arts Journal, I am able to show you some photos of a brand new cathedral. You do have to say that the Orthodox know how to do this! Construction of the cathedral in Podgorica, capital of Montenegro began in 1993 and […]

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There have been a number of articles published recently, following a show in Moscow, of carved icons of a Russian couple Rashid and Inessa Azbuhanov (their website is here and h/t Deacon Paul Iacono of the Fra Angelico Institute for bring these to my attention). These are exquisite works and are of interest to me […]


Here’s some more work from the summer painting course I taught in Kansas City, Kansas at the Savior Pastoral Center Kansas. It was sponsored by the Diocese of Kansas City, Kansas which runs the center. I thought I would show some of the work done by students. This is unusual in that we focussed on […]

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Why Studying Mosaics Helps Painters to Discern Colour

by David Clayton on August 27, 2013

When I was learning to paint icons with Aidan Hart he gave us the principle of learning to paint in a particular style: ‘copy with understanding’. This is true regardless of the style we wish to learn. For example, I am now focussing in the classes I teach on 13th century gothic images of the […]