Here are a couple of unusual icons that I completed last month but never got around to posting.
This first one has been around in one form or another for many centuries and is known as Christ Anapeson or Christ Reclining.
It has another name which I prefer and that is "He Who Does Not Sleep".
Christian believe that Christ is true God and true man. As a man he slept; as God, He never sleeps.
The idea for this icon comes from Psalm 121, verses 4-8, where the psalmist says: "Behold he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand... The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and for evermore."
This second icon is entitled "The Just Judge" and is my copy of the 20th century icon.
It represents the final judgement at the end of time and the images are taken from St. John's vision called the Book of Revelation -- the final book of the Christian Bible.
In his vision, St. John sees Christ surrounded by four living creatures -- one of whom has the appearance of a man -- as well as many angels with wings like fire.
As He sits on the throne, the final judgement begins. The words in the open book read: "The Book of Life was opened and the dead were judged."
These images were very difficult for me to draw with a computer mouse as many of them are quite small. How I miss being able to hold a small paint brush. Oh, well...
I hope that those of you in Ontario have enjoyed your civic holiday, or Lord Simcoe Day as we call it in Toronto.
Peace be with you.