Kurset er endnu kun i støbeskeen, jeg undersøger om der er interesse for et sådant kursus.
21. jul. 2012
Kurset er endnu kun i støbeskeen, jeg undersøger om der er interesse for et sådant kursus.
16. jul. 2012
I was very happy when Theodoros told us that this would be our final task.
So this day we have been painting the first layers of the face and hair, the beard almost finished. He is looking very mild.. and I like it a lot!
I am looking forward to finishing this before I leave---
Every monday morning there is a huge market here in Larissa, in the street just outside our window. So I bought a few presents on my way and some greek mountain tea, and fruit to eat during the day.
14. jul. 2012
Might look simple, but I can assure you, it was not...
Tomorrow is our day off, and I then have only two days left before I return to Denmark.
A little bit sad; I will miss the lessons with Theodore - but I will not miss the heat...
12. jul. 2012
Today we finished the face of Mary. We have been painting eagerly for 3 Days under close, very close supervision of Theodore. Although there are several things that could be improved, I am very happy about the result.
This is what I have been trying to accomplish for years, now I know how to do it, what it takes now is some more practice.
The last part of the day Theodore showed us several different ways to paint backgrounds and halos.
Tomorrow - we will take a closer look at hands.
11. jul. 2012
Oh how much I enjoyed this day. Working with the eyes and mouth of Mary!! I like it so much. We did not finish it all today, there is still some work to be done tomorrow.***
So even if the heat today was extreme, I was content with it all. Went outside and poured half a litre of water down my back - it felt very refreshing.
Now, I will spend the rest of my day in my hotel room, toooo hot outside.
I so much enjoy todays lesson in A Course in Miracles: "Everything that happens to me are lessons God would have me learn". I only have to remember one thing: there are no exceptions!
"Forgive, and you will see this differently." These are the words the Holy Spirit says to all my trials, my sufferings and my pain.
My answer: I will forgive, and this will disappear.
10. jul. 2012
Men det var en fuldstændig ny teknik stort set. Nu er vi halvfærdige, og jeg kan næsten ikke vente til at gøre arbejdet færdig i morgen.
Dette bliver muligvis det smukkeste jeg har lavet til d.d. :))
Although the tecnique is totally different from my usual way to paint, I did not find it totally new.
It is difficult to wait until tomorrow - to finish the work on this icon.
This might probably be the best I have ever done.
I will show you when it is finished... Theabove icon is one I painted last year...
9. jul. 2012
I thought today was going to be - not so difficult. I was wrong! But I felt so ready, after a good night's sleep and all. Not so. It seemed as if I could not even draw one straight line. And when I did, I wanted to improve it a little bit, and it was all wrong - again. Theodore helped me out, and I made the same mistake again, it should be just a little bit darker towards the end, and then - ups the dark area got too big.
And when Theodore said he did not understand why I was so good the other day and today could do nothing, I was prepared to wnkjwhiohnfvxszk!!!
Perhaps it is the heat, my age, the noise etc. etc.? No, the thing is - this is me. This is my skill, the problem is I want to be perfect, or at least very good. I push myself, I am never content, it is as if I am hearing my parents in the background, come on, you can do it,you can do better than this, be good now, work on it...
This will stop now.
I will be mild with myself. I will not compare myself with a master. I do the best I can, and that will be fine! I will accept myself, just the way I am.
So help me God.
8. jul. 2012
After several days painting different garments and also the open book, our teacher thought we might be ready to paint a face.
We will be painting the face of Mary. But first we will paint her garment, this time in a very dark red colour, lightened with blue. It is so beautiful! So the whole day yesterday we spent painting her garment,mainly the part covering her head, nice clean parallel arches, fading out on one side...
It takes much practice. I cannot wait until tomorrow where we will continue.
This is not just another ordinary course in iconpainting.
When the course was finished yesterday, Theodore and his wife had invited us (Violeta and me) for an excursion. We headed towards the north of Larissa, and our first stop was in a valley, where the river comes from the plains of Larissa and is passing the mountainous area on its way to the ocean. Here - on the other side of the suspension bridge is the well of Daphne, with wonderfully clear and clean water. Just like in Norway!
We also visited the small old church at this place with a very wonderful old icon of St. Paraskevi, which is said to give miracles to people, especially with eye problems. You can read about the saint here:
6. jul. 2012
Today, after we finished the garment of blue and beige colours, Theodore decided we should paint the Book... Seems so easy, just a book - a little darker in the middle, fading lighter towards the edges.
Now I am beginning to learn - alert when Theodore says something is easy...
With this book, we start with a proplasmos, and make it a bit darker in the middle. Fading is softly out to the edges. Seems easy! Theodore tells me I am working too fast. I thought he meant the strokes were too fast, so moved the brush more slowly. But he still said I was moving too fast...
Finally I understood - I was moving too fast from the darkness to the light!
I have to move slowly from the dark to the light...
Hm Reminds me of my life, I have to be patient. I want the light, I want it now.... but I must move slowly - step by step. It says so in a Course oin Miracles, every step can only be taken when I am prepared to do it,.
Like my brush - I cannot go further until the work is done where the brush is - not moving too fast forward.
When I learn to be patient, finishing each step before I go on, I will succed.
Dear God, thank you for this blessed day.
5. jul. 2012
I have come to realize that every thing that happens to me, I ask for, and receive as I have asked. And everything that happens to me is for a reason and is a lesson I can choose to learn.
So far so good.
I also know now that this journey is taken in steps... one at a time.
So here I am in Larissa, thinking I am here to learn iconpainting, by a great teacher who paints wonderful icons. And I am here to learn that - but I am being given anothert lesson - on top of that. I am so lucky!
I have been teaching iconpainting for maybe 4 or 5 years now. I often hear from the students that I am good. Good at painting straight lines, good at painting lovely eyes, and goodlooking hair etc. And I observe how much my ego rejoices in all this!
And I do not attack myself for that, I observe it - and leave it, without judging myself. So far so good.
Today I had another great lesson presented to me. On working with a particularly difficult part of one of Theodore's own icons, I just lost it. Could not see the lines, misunderstood what he said, and all went totally wrong.
And then, my teacher told me that I must practice, try to teach my eyes to see, see different shades, darkness and light, remember I am a beginner, paint straight lines, not too blurred, blurred on one side, not the other...
Of my God, I was just about to walk out of the whole thing. Why? Someone tried to push me from my comfort zone, and my throne of specialness!! I knew I wanted to be special, but that it was this big?
It really pissed me off.
So what to do here? I am so glad I was able to observe this. But observation is not enough. I have to show the whole thing to the Holy Spirit, look at it with forgiving eyes, and not judging it. Just see that this is how I am, this is the way I react. And slowly it lost its grip in me, and I could laugh at the whole thing, and I could also tell Theodore and Violeta about my observations.
I am so grateful that they would listen to me, it is of great help to get it out in the open so to speak...
So - besides being taught Theodore's way to paint an icon - there are also other great lessons involved here!
And there is great help for me to read in A Course in Miracles.
When I came home I read the following lesson :
3. jul. 2012
1. jul. 2012
I nærheden er også en udgravning af et gammelt tempel, lidt at et puslespil at kikke på de tusinder af små og store stykker. Det projekt er støttet af EU med 300 000 euro kunne jeg læse på et skilt
Theo har fortalt mig at folk tager i kirke for at få mad fordi de ingen penge har, og rigtignok blev der delt brød ud efter messen, jeg troede et øjeblik det var nadver, men folk kom med brød i hænderne, altså ikke bare et stykke med en hel håndfuld... Det er meget dårlige tider i Grækenland.
Jeg nød sangen og alle de smukke ikoner - det er så overvældende det med ikonerne og vægmalerierne.
Vandrede stille og rolig hjem, for lidt vild, men gik tilbage og fandt den rigtige vej. I parken på den store plads havde mændene (de lidt ældre - min alder?) indtaget alle bænke. Hvor er kvinderne? Ikke her i alle fald.
Købte mig lidt vand og en sandwich til lunch, og nu - midt på dagen er det alt for varmt at være ude. Skønt her på værelset med benene op, gang i luftkøleren, og tilgængelig WI FI.
Jo, det er ikke helt galt det her.