Friday, April 11, 2008

St George Icon

This is an image of an Icon of St George which I have been researching. It's given me some ideas about painting an Icon of Saint George. The preliminary sketches I have been doing are not complete but when they are I will post some of them. Although I like the sky in this Icon I plan to use different colors for the dragon and make the dragon more dramatic and menacing. The color of the dragon should be more yellow and brown. Let me know what you think.


Anonymous said...

I think that adding some deep purple through out the dragon would be nice too.

James Butler said...

Thank you for the comment Anonyimous. Yes, I agree deep purple would be good and perhaps some yellow as well. I been working on sketches for this icon and will soon publish them.

I appreciate any comments about Icons. It is something relatively new for me and I am trying to replicate 12th century techniques. The wood panels are difficult to construct and the paints are time consuming to grind and mix with egg yolk.

Have you ever painted an Icon??

Phillip Butler said...

I like you finished version of this painting more. Your dragon is larger and more dramatic, and your St. George is more fierce and manly. The original here is immature, as well as the dragon. I really appreciate your adherence to the old methods and medium. It must have taken a lot of experimentation to get it just right. Thank you.