There are only two female doctors of the (Catholic) church, St Teresa of Avila and St Catherine of Siena. Why so few are honoured is another of the eternal mysteries, but in fact these two ladies gave me quite enough trouble by themselves and the work took far longer than I budgeted for. Sometimes things just don't go smoothly. No more niche icons and fancy gilding for a while, it's time to simplify. I mounted the pair on my sale page today (see them here). I am planning icons of Jesuit saints now and think to do without gilding entirely, in the style of the Romanesque retables I saw at the Museo Catalunya in Barcelona.
The view from my desk
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