Many want to talk about pure art as free from everything, but they themselves do not want to look where they would be able to see the One Who had them free in His image as early as before He created them
...In the icon
Instead of an introduction, let us present a challenging comment we have once heard in a conversation with an art supplier, which seems to reflect the general attitude of those who deal with art today. It went somewhat like this:
“No one today is such a fool as to prepare the paint themselves and waste their time grinding pigments with muller. Even in monasteries, nobody does this; everyone works with ready-made paints, especially acrylic!
This was said with an intention to praise and point out the technological advance in today’s art. Yet, our past experience cannot agree with this. However, when people want to buy an icon today, the most difficult part usually comes when they should be presented with the difference between the value of the icon and its appeal. Experience has shown that people very often choose a hyperrealistic copy rather than a work of art.
Although God created us to be creators, our fall does not stop manifesting itself into everything. Not only does imitation attracts us more, but it makes us feel superior and above all independent, too.
If you happen to read some article on the beginnings of plastic, you will most probably come across the following statement: “Man has become independent from nature.” Art succumbs to the same temptation as well. In the past three hundred years, chemistry has offered painters hundreds of colors—pure and stable—which can be intermixed without any danger of mutual reactions. Furthermore, it has offered the painters means that are quick to work with and through which the painter is able “worthily” to fit into the instantaneity of our modern times. The result is that modern painters often do not understand the chemical and physical reasons for the steps they follow. But the greatest loss is in distancing from tradition and losing the vast knowledge the old masters possessed.
When we were university students, at the academy we were taught that today art has managed to overcome thinking, which identified art with handicraft, and it has grown into something dignifiedly called “pure art”. However, today—when looking back on the past—we ask ourselves how it is possible to achieve such success and yet, when facing the works of the painters from the Middle Ages, we still feel weakness and a serious need to bring the painter back to the study of his art as a craftsman.
Therefore, returning to the rare and natural minerals in the painting palette is the first indispensable step. This in itself will raise the issue for a thorough study of art from a technical and technological perspective.
At the end of the day, everyone—even those who have little experience—will learn in a very short time that nature cannot be re-created; nature is the material one should finally use in order to start creating their personal creation.
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