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  1. D. Jean Pierre G.

    Très beau travail Jonathan, beaucoup d’expression dans les visages, organisation de l’espace et dessin superbes. Bravo.
    JP

    1. Merci Jean Pierre. Je suis content de savoir que nous avons des lecteurs francophones!

  2. Anne Ryan

    Thank you so much for sharing this exquisite work with us. I am so very happy to see masterpiece quality in this most difficult form/

    1. Thank you Anne for your kind words. We need to also be thankful that there are still patrons out there willing to take a risk on such a big and expensive work as well as give the leeway to an artist to push things further.

  3. A masterpiece of the highest order. Astonishing!

    My favorite detail is the Viking-like prow on the ship – a pagan monster fleeing the sanctification of the waters. And a bit of an iconographic curiosity – a wood carving depicting a wood carving.

    1. John Tkachuk

      Note to Andrew Gould:
      “An icon making an icon!”

    2. I knew you of all people would catch the relevance of that detail.

  4. Georgine Steenhuis

    Thank you very mutch for the possibility to see your work. It is very inspiring.

  5. kleio

    Breathtakingly beautiful! May God always bless you!

  6. Hamilton Justiniano

    Excellent Jonathan! An amazing example of a very clear conception and fresh interpretation…It goes to show how much freedom we have to creatively solve a compositional problem within the perameters of a given prototype. The waves in particular capture the event very precisely– a very effective use of “abstraction” in an icon as a means of symbolically conveying meaning.

    1. Thank you fr. Silouan. You are one of the people who has helped me see how much we can push an image that at first glance looks completely standard in its composition, but in the details, the manner and the small details goes deeper into the subject. Only someone who is is not an artist, or at least not a conscientious one, and has not been forced to meditate on the actual making of art can say dismissively that the “manner” of fabrication of an image has no connection to its meaning.

  7. benmarston

    loved looking at this. Your wood seems to hold much more detail than my basswood. Wish I could make the class in SC. needing to stay ahead of my cataracts!

    1. Hello Ben. Good to hear from you. As you know, you would be more than welcome at one of my workshops. There are a few tricks to make the basswood hold more detail, one is to go back in with the knife after it has been lacquered to do corners and spots that are fuzzy. Another is to use thin exacto type blades for little details.

  8. What a joy it has been to watch the progression of this masterpiece from conception to completion! It began as a desire in the hearts of Fr. Johhannes Jacobse
    and Jonathan Pageau, two men with no prior knowledge of each other. Fr. Johhannes, pastor of St. Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bonita Springs, FL, longed to have an icon that expressed the evangel mission of pulling souls from the waves of the world in chaos. Jonathan Pageau, a man of themes, longed to pull images of “Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection” from the woodblock. But there is a third operative in this work. God bless the donor without whom we would not have this accomplishment to celebrate. Congratulations to all for this newborn masterpiece!

    1. Thanks Mary. It is always amazing how things come together the way they do. You are right that our patron deserves special thanks as she was willing to go out on a limb and pay for something she could only guess at how it would end up. Finally many thanks to you as well for being the secret link between all of us and the one whispering trust across borders!

  9. Fr. Hans Jacobse

    We are very grateful Jonathan for the beautiful icon you have created for our parish. This is an important event the contours of which I still don’t comprehend completely but when I do I will write you and let you know what they are. This is more than the placement of new icon or liturgical item. It has to do with prayer, creativity, and the future of St. Peter’s Mission that will reach into the next generations. Most important is the congruence between beauty and God — the created and Uncreated that is revealed through the interplay of the material and non-material and reach into meaning and purpose in profound ways.

    Again, not quite sure yet what the implications are but they are there. Give me some time to let the intuitions crystallize into concepts and then I will be able to write about it.

    Thank you very much for such a superb and beautiful work.

    1. Thank you fr. Hans for your insightful comments and thank you and your parish and especially our patron for taking a chance on such a large and complex object. Hopefully it will be a small witness as your mission parish is a witness in the chaos of our world. Hopefully I will have a chance to come by and see it in place one day.

  10. Nancy Forderhase

    One of the back stories behind this icon is the “back.” This was not a small, carved icon created while sitting; instead it required carving while standing and at odd angles. There is a deep love involved in creating this masterpiece, but also some physical pain from the process of creation. Knowledge of that makes this masterpiece even more precious to St. Peter’s. To Jonathan, our deep appreciation.

  11. Steve C

    The placing of the gilt, the primordial and convoluted spirals, where does one even start? Captures the immanence and transcenence of the divine person wonderfully!

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