Laurie Gudim Religious Iconography

 

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Julian of Norwich

At the window of her anchorage, Julian would offer spiritual direction to all who came to her.  Acrylic gouache on poplar.  11.25″x12″

detail of this icon:

Julian of Norwich 1 sm

Laurie’s prayer while she writes her exquisite icons helps her to rest in God.  This transports her images, making them windows to the realm of heaven, which is that state and consciousness in which we recognize how we are embedded in love with all that is.  Windows do not profess to be perfect, being made of wood and paint, and neither are icons.  But they do frame something beyond themselves, something upon which you can gaze whenever you look through them.

 

 

Rabbi Jesus

Jesus teaching. Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on poplar   11.25″ x 12″

 

Christ and the Children

Jesus invites us to enter the Kingdom of heaven from the childlike place in us.  Acrylic gouache on pine board.  13″ x 13″

 

Lazarus, Come Out

 Jesus, the incarnate God, knows us as he knows his own heart.  He is always calling us out of those places of death and darkness we fall into.  And don’t our hearts quicken within us when we hear him?   Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on prepared board.   12″ x 15″

 

Revelation at Emmaus

The moment at which the disciples who were traveling with Jesus recognize him.  It is the same moment we celebrate in the breaking of the bread at the Eucharist.  Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on a prepared board.   12x 15″

 

Stranger at the Well

We meet Jesus in the stranger who doesn’t look like us and whose ways are foreign.  How do we welcome him?  Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on a prepared board   12″ x 15″

 

Jacob Wrestling with God: I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me.

An icon about discernment.  Wrestling with God takes us into the whirlwind where the Holy interfaces with ordinary life.  We have to hang on until clarity comes.  This clarity is a blessing, and it often renames us.  Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on oak.  12″ x 15″

 

St. Brigid of Kildare

Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on a prepared board, framed.  10″ x 12″

 

Jesus and Bartimaeus

A small icon that shows Jesus’ intimate moment with a blind man he heals on the way to Jerusalem.  Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on oak.  5.5″  x 7″

 

Ruth and Naomi

That moment of choice when we opt to follow our hearts, abandoning mores and customs.  It takes courage to pledge and courage to accept the pledge.  What would happen if we said, to all who are strangers, “Wherever you go, I will go.”  Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on walnut.  6.25″ x 9″

 

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