Monday, December 17, 2007

St. Paraskevi

Material: Linden wood.
Dimensions: approximately 30 x 40 cm.
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece.
Completed: Summer of 1999, while I was on Mt. Athos.
Finished with oil.
Particularities: The line now on the face of the icon was not on the surface of the wood when I began to carve it. The person who commissioned it wanted two columns with ivy.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

St. Nicholas

Material: Linden wood.
Dimensions: 35x45x4.
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Completed: around 2005
Finished with oil.

St Irene

Material: Linden wood.
Dimensions: 35x50x4 cm.
Location: Panorama, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Completed: June 15, 2002.
Finished with oil.
Particularities: Elizabeth and Johana gave it to their teacher of iconography, whose name is Irene. She is a nun at a monastery. She was also my teacher.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Glykofilousa 2

Material: Linden wood.
Dimensions: 30 x 40 x 5 cm.
Location: Triadi, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Completed: Dec. 12, 2002.
Finished with oil.
Particularities: None of the flowers is the same as the others.
This icon was a gift from a mother to her daughter.

St. John the Baptist

Material: Poplar.
Dimensions: approximately 20 x 15 x 3 cm.
Location: Akron, Ohio, USA
Completed: 1991.
It has been finished with varnish.
This icon was a gift from a presbytera to her godson.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Glykofilousa (Sweet Kissing)

Material: lime wood.
Finished with oil.
Dimensions: 38 x 55 x 5 cm.
Location: Makrilogos, Pierias, Greece.
Finished: June 3, 2004.
Particularities: The flowers around the icon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

St. George

Made of linden wood.
Dimensions: 48 x 102 x 10 cm.
Location: Cedar Lake, Indiana, USA.
Finished and delivered in July, 2005.
Approximate time for completion: 5 months.
I made a special box for this icon to transport it to America. I oiled it while I was there. I was assisted in the entire process by my son.
Particularities: It has a number of flowers, a lake, a few cypress trees, St. George on his horse slaying the dragon, the princess by the lake, the tower with the royals and the soldiers observing the event and all is surrounded by mountains.
I hope you enjoy this icon. There is plenty to see and to discover.

This is a closeup of the horse so that we might be able to appreciate the workmanship on the head and the hair of the horse.

This is a detail of the icon that shows the dragon.

What you see here is the bottom of the icon and it has a number of trees and flowers which took a long time to make. I don't think you can appreciate it unless you double click on the image to expand it. This icon is 5 months of work and it has many details which need to be carefully examined in order to appreciate the work. For instance, the leaves on the tree on the left has taken 4 days to do. There is a similar tree on the other side which took as long. The flowers are about 4-5 cm. tall and they are on several levels.

Holy Transfiguration

Made out of linden wood.
Finished with cassia and oil.
It has six persons: Christ in the center, Moses on one side holding the tablets, Elijah the Prophet on the other side, the disciples who saw the light and fell down (Peter, John, and James).
Dimensions: 30 x 45 cm.
Location: Metamorphosis, Halkidiki, Greece

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Saint Athanasios

St Athansios the Great
This icon was completed in the spring of 2001.
It is on lime wood, finished with oil.
Particularities: It has a grapevine with grapes which begin with one grape, then two grapes, and so on till there are twelve, as each is a symbolic number. Other bunches are random numbers. It also has six birds in different poses and in different places in the icon. It is my first and only icon that is made with openings that go through the wood.
Location: Kalamaria, Thessaloniki, Greece.
This icon is a gift from Tasos and Maria to his father.