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Example photos on the boards

For the triptich I’d chosen Maria Magdalena and the archangels Michael and Gabriel. For the angels I had two photos of old, a little damaged, traditional Greek icons and two different vague photos as an example for Maria.

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First setup in basic colours

Bad colors, vague copies, but I had an idea. The vessel was golden and looked very kitch, so I made a ceramic vessel just from my own imagination and some inspiration from another icon. I had three boards, sawed by myself, not too straight, but that gave it some charm.

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First layer with tempera

At first the background of all three of them was clear blue, but I changed it, so there was some more distinction and the green fit better with the angels.

At the end I took a bigger board, packed it into dark blue velvet and pinned the three icons through the back onto the board. Framed it and painted the frame in oxyd purple.

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Tryptich setup on 3 boards

The piece all together is heavy, but it has a strong iron wire on the back to fix it on the wall. It was blessed in december 2015 in the Bulgarian church in The Hague.

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After months of working and watching, layer after layer

Back to the tryptich.