1. Vladimir, your ideal of designing church iconography as a coherent program that responds to the particular space and the spiritual life of the community is a vital message for everyone who is considering building and decorating churches.

    I particularly admire your decision to include the scenes of prophets Moses and Elijah as they encounter God on their respective mountains, below the usual elements of Transfiguration. I have often wondered if somehow, during those very two encounters, the prophets were in fact noetically meeting the Lord on Tabor. Perhaps that is wild speculation on my part, but I have seen icons of the Transfiguration where Elijah is covering his face as he did on Mt Horeb.

    I see that there are clear directional lines in the way they applied the plaster. Does that make it harder to draw for you? Do you find that in some cases you draw in a way that uses the lines in the plaster?

  2. Seraphim,
    Thank you for the comment. That is the idea which I was trying to proclaim for last twenty years in US.
    I believe that only taking in consideration particular space and reality of spiritual life in local community will allow us to create contemporary American iconographic style of 21th Century, the goal which is possible to reach only by joint effort of all members of Orthodox Church in US, not only professionals in the field.

    I have never seen Elijah covering his face, talking to Christ on Tabor in “traditional” composition of Transfiguration (could you please share the picture if you can?) In my opinion, the whole point of the image is that he finally SEES Christ face-to-face there, and he should not turn away from Christ.
    As you can see on the pictures, Christ is standing upon pink colored mountain, which is repeated in both scenes with Moses and Elijah, as a tall unaccessible mountain nearby, covered with clouds. That is another detail, which should remind us that this special meeting with Christ was in future for both of them.

    These directional lines are, in fact, random, and I cannot use them at all – they actually made drawing and painting more difficult than I anticipated. However, the presence of that rough texture added some pleasant mosaic-looking visual effect, which I like.

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