Today I spent several hours doing some preliminary work on the icon. I wish I had taken a photo of the plain white board. But I didn't. As you can see, I am doing Theotokos, Mary Mother of God. So, I am given the drawing and transfer it to my board by tracing the drawing with graphite paper beneath it. When I am done, I have the outline on my board.
Then the next step is to engrave the drawing into the gesso on the board by using a sharp object to engrave each line.
You can barely see it, but it is engraved. My teacher drew the halo for me, it is precision work.
Tomorrow I will work on it some more. And I will take photos as I go.
Oh, I am so thrilled to be able to do this. What a gift!
It is such a prayerful activity. We are downstairs from the chapel, and I can go for adoration whenever I would like. I will likely be able to get to Mass every day this week. This wouldn't sound like much of a vacation to most people, but it is beyond my wildest dreams.
And then I had a date tonight with the man I have been seeing. As I was getting ready, I was nervous about how I looked, so I took a photo and sent it to my daughter. She told me I looked fine, so I was reassured. His friend is visiting him from California, and we all went out for dinner. It was lovely, lovely, lovely. I was a little nervous because I felt that he wanted to see what his friend thought of me. We had fun, great conversation, I told them both all about the icon class - and they actually seemed interested - both Catholics, you see. When they dropped me off at home, I said goodbye to the friend and he hugged me. Since he is probably in his 70s, I thought the hug meant he liked me. I hope to see this man, the one I am dating, more. I am a bit smitten.
And thrilled about the icon. What are the odds I will sleep tonight? Not good, I'd say.
God bless you all. I will probably be posting every day while I am in my class. I want to post the photos here. I hope you like to watch the progress....