This was one of the most extending projects. And I loved every piece of work I did to make it what I felt it had to be.
At first I had a piece of pressed wood, which works better, because it doesn’t move. Although it’s not according to tradition, the endresult wil stay longer and that’s worth it.
Many many many meditative hours over about 2 or 3 years, before it was completed.
I made the frame myself, which is a big shelf. And glued the 3 pieces on it, after I covered the base with darkblue velvet. Framed small pieces, darkred painted around and in between.
Finally it was a very heavy thing and after hanging it on my wall it fell on the stone floor into pieces after some weeks. I repaired it and used iron wire instead of rope.
This friend of mine had followed the process and loved the piece. One day he very polity asked if there might be a chance to buy it from me. “Of course” I said and so he did. He doesn’t live too far away, so sometimes I can visit him and my friends in the tryptich.
I've seen quite a lot of icons, but I've never seen any other icon with such beautiful, almost heavenly bright colours with the purest gold. Those wings of the archangels! The spiritual seagreen of the robes of both the archangels is reinforced by the orange-red robe of Mary Magdalene. Everyone who visits my home for the first time, walks straight to this icon. Genuine respect, respect, respect.
Frank van Rooij