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Theotokos of Vladimir
© Cecilia Lawrence
February 25th 2015
Acrylic on Wood
12 x 16 inches


It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos, 
ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. 
More honorable than the Cherubim, 
and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, 
without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. 
True Theotokos we magnify you!

~ Axion Estin

Well, I finally got around to finishing this one. It's been in the works since before Christmas of last year and I only just got around to finishing it. I had stopped working on it for a while because I was so disgusted by how bad it was turning out. It was supposed to be a 2014 Christmas gift for the mother of a friend. Instead, I decided to try and finish it for her birthday this year (a week late, but hey). So I spent the last couple of weeks working on trying to finish it, and voila, it is finished. 

RANT: Untold hours of agony and pain went into this. There were many times when all I wanted to do was throw my brushes across the room and flip some tables and give up on being an artist altogether. Life lesson learned: I am a dreadful acrylic painter and I have a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with acrylics (maybe oils too, I don't know). I just don't have the patience for painting. I want to get it all done in one or two sittings at most and that just doesn't/can't happen. Also, when there is a significant lack of noticeable progress, I get very discouraged and frustrated. I only got excited about this picture at the very end once I started doing the gold leaf (first time ever using gold leaf on a piece, hurrah!). I'm still not 100% happy with it, but I'm done, and that's really all I ever wanted to be with this piece. And there went my Spring Break. :faint: So, as horrendous and frustrating as it was to work on this, I did learn a lot about myself as an artist and about how I work. And I guess that's always a good thing. :) 

The Theotokos of Vladimir is one of my favorite icons of my Mary so I'll probably end up doing yet another rendition of this in my (preferred) medium: ink and watercolor. Time to get back to working with art materials that make sense. ;-)
Image size
1627x2221px 1.73 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON
Model
COOLPIX S6500
Shutter Speed
10/80 second
Aperture
F/4.4
Focal Length
13 mm
ISO Speed
450
Date Taken
Feb 26, 2015, 6:38:46 PM
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Marry-Z's avatar
Marry-ZHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful !! Very beautiful 
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :iconiloveitplz:
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Beautiful! Congrats!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
:meow:
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AericleeHobbyist Traditional Artist
theotokos means she who bore god in her womb, and mary certainly did bear god incarnate in her graciously sanctified womb! praise god for his servant mary!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Amen!
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AericleeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes! Amen!
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Are these for sale?
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
I have prints for sale!
Easternrite's avatar
How much? I have a couple I'd like to order. :)
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God bless you and Russia. :)
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! God bless you too! :glomp:
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Seriously, God's doing wonderful and mighty things through Russia right now, and soon China will join Russia in their battles against all kinds of evil and all the enemies of God (Russia and China are in fact fighting ISIS). In fact, I have a video I'd like to show you: youtu.be/91FvJRA4mUg
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HolyArtsAlchemistHobbyist Writer
You did an amazing job with Mary and Jesus my friend.
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! :glomp:
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HolyArtsAlchemistHobbyist Writer
It was really nice.
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phoenixHO3Student Traditional Artist
I love your use of blue and the tenderness in Mary's gaze as well as Jesus' expression. The veil reminded me of the Madonnas done during the late Medieval/Gothic period- Early Renaissance in which artists used lapis lazuli for Mary's veil, but due to time, such pigment has fallen off leaving the dark underpainting, but I emagine that the original colors of the veils must have looked like yours, completely astounding :)
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! You're too kind! :aww: I, too, love that deep, dark rich blue in the veil/mantle of the Virgin. I see a lot of images of Mary wearing a sort of pale, baby-blue colored veil an for some reason it just doesn't cut it for me. :XD:
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Oh My God, I have not seen so many gorgeous Icons  in my life. You are an exceptional artist. Would it be possible to buy some of these in Print?
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! :glomp: Absolutely! All of my images are available as prints. :D All the ordering info is in my journal. 
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HoshiNoDestinyStudent Digital Artist
I've seen many versions of this icon, but this is definitely the most beautiful!
You did really a stunning work, the way you painted it is amazing! Holy Mary's eyes are so wonderful, they look like diamonds! The tones of colour on baby Jesus' robe are beautiful. You did such an amazing work!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!! :glomp: I hope to do another version of this same icon with my more preferred medium: ink and watercolor. :nod: 
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LadyoftheApocalypseHobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!!
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