Taking the icon workshop changed my life! Our subject was Mary Magdalene whose life was changed by Christ. Yes, changed because I completed a very hard task, painting. There was a moment where I was going to give up, but I rallied, asked for help from God and realized if I was ever faced again with a new task, a new situation, a new difficulty, I just might pull through if I stay and don’t run.
Thank you, Karen!
My note: Susanna’s gift is music – the Lord gave her a beautiful voice! She had never really had much exposure to any kind of art and she challenged herself to take an icon workshop. My mantra in class is always the same, “Trust the Process.” This applies to life as well! Workshops are never about an art project! We are all in a process with our Creator. When we humble ourselves and persevere, the Lord transfigures us into something beautiful, into His image. Workshops are ultimately about what particular lesson each student needs at that moment. I love seeing students have these spiritual breakthroughs!
Thought you might like to see the St. Francis print framed. Nice connection (and result) from the woman working at Michael's in ABQ, who gets to follow her passion and talent, and spread joy even if she doesn't have her own equipment and shop. At least that is what was stirred in our meetings and overflowed to other clients in line. Yes, I feel these icons are portals that lead to the quickening of the Holy Spirit within each and all, and then the illusory barriers disappear and love flows naturally. Thank you.
After completing the Introduction to Techniques class, I arranged to take a private (customized) 8-day icon writing class with Karen at her home studio. I’m so glad I did! The studio is light and bright yet cozy. The accommodations are clean, comfortable, and quiet. And the open kitchen where I prepared my own meals is a terrific bonus!
The customized class worked well for me, not only because I received great one-on-one instruction, but also because I was able to work at my own pace without the pressure of a workshop schedule. Being able to take my time on my first icon was important to me, because prior to taking the Techniques class, I had never held a brush. But by carefully following the process and doing all the steps that Karen patiently guided me through, I finished my icon and am pleased with the results. I enjoyed the experience so much that I plan to take the Pigments as Personalities class next, and I look forward to taking other workshops.
Thank you, Karen!
You cannot fail when creating an icon with Karen Smart. As a very accomplished iconographer, she can guide you every step of the way. Her class is casual, friendly, and all levels of ability will do well there. The icon I created under Karen's instruction has received lots of admiration."