Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Finished Good Shepherd



Here is the Good Shepherd I finished. I gave it to my parents for Christmas partly as a thankyou for all the help they gave me in being able to take the workshops to learn iconography. The first year I went to the class, I was pregnant with my 6th baby, and the other 5 were 9 and under, so I depended on my parents for a lot of babysitting.

I am taking an icon break for a while, as it is a draining experience. When I choose my next pattern, I'll post it and then share the process with everyone.

I hope you all have a terrific New Year's Eve and Day. Our family is going to church for a pot luck and board game/hat making party, and then tomorrow off to my brother's to celebrate his daughter's birthday. Another full, blessed weekend. I wish you the same.

Blessings!

***UPDATE***

In response to some questions about the icon, the size of it is 12"H x 10"W. The letters on the left and right are the Greek abbreviations for Jesus Christ (IC XC). On His halo are the Greek letters standing for "He Who Is" or "I Am Who Am". You can click on the image to enlarge it if you want a closer look.

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16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's absolutely GORGEOUS! Your parents must be thrilled to have received it. I'm no expert and don't know enough about icons to appreciate the stylistic elements of them, but I especially like the curls on the lamb, and the way you did the folds of His robe.

Many blessings to you in the new year!

December 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's absolutely GORGEOUS! Your parents must be thrilled to have received it. I'm no expert and don't know enough about icons to appreciate the stylistic elements of them, but I especially like the curls on the lamb, and the way you did the folds of His robe.

Many blessings to you in the new year!

December 31, 2006  
Blogger Rosemary Bogdan said...

MPN, WOW!!That is a gorgeous icon!! I love it. How big it? And what do the symbols mean on the left and right sides? Your parents must be so proud and so grateful!!!

December 31, 2006  
Blogger onionboy said...

May the Lord bless your break and your return.

December 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's another beautiful icon, MPN! I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and New Year! I bought a set of five "nesting dolls" that were made in Russia for Rob -- only thing is that they aren't the lady with the babushka on, they are of icons...starting with Mary holding baby Jesus, then there's one of Jesus as an adult, then there's St. Nicholas, St. John the Evangelist and the last one, I'm not sure of...
He loves them! So do I! And I'll take a picture and post it eventually...

December 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply lovely, Renee!
Happy New Year! :o)

December 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful icon - wow.

Enjoy your well-earned break; I will be delighted to see you back when you`re ready !

Happy New Year !

January 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is really beautiful, Renee.

January 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God has blessed and gifted you so....I'm also glad that your parents helped you get the classes! :)

January 01, 2007  
Blogger Mimi said...

It is so stunningly beautiful! Thank you for posting it, MPN.

January 02, 2007  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow! All I can say is wow! That is so amazingly beautiful. You truly have a God-given talent!

January 03, 2007  
Blogger Michelle said...

That is beautiful! You did an amazing job. I bet your parents love it!

January 04, 2007  
Blogger The Kitchen Madonna said...

Thanks so much for sharing your icon. It is inspiring and inspired! Do you feel like you've given birth after you've finished? That is how I view writing books.
Happy New Year!
KM

January 04, 2007  
Blogger ukok said...

Renee, you know that this is one of my most favourite icons and I have to say that you have done an incredible thing here, it is truly inspiring to look at. God has blessed you with such a gift!

Your parents are blessed to have such a loving and generous daughter as you, and one who put's her talents to such good use, especially so.

I pray for you a peaceful and contented year ahead and I pray that our Lord will pour out his blessing upon you, one and all.

Thanks so much for your friendship, support and prayers during 2006, valued friend.

January 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admire you greatly for being able to produce such a lovely piece of work with seven children around. I am so easily distracted myself.

January 05, 2007  
Blogger Mary Poppins NOT said...

margi ~ it took my 3 years to finish. So don't be overly impressed =)

January 05, 2007  

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