John the Baptist

Anyone who walks into an Orthodox church will know the prominence given to John the Baptist. Standing in front of the iconostasis (or icon-screen), there stands Christ, Saint Mary the Theotokos, and this saint. The icon of Christ is a good looking man who offers compassion and blessing. The icon of Saint Mary is noble

UofS: Creating Paint from Soil

[fve][/fve] Last week I was up at Christopher Lake in Saskatchewan to teach about making paints from soil for a course at the University of Saskatchewan. Alongside my colleagues Ken Van Rees and Allyson Glenn, we taught about making pigments out of bones and soils (and even bugs!). Being an interdisciplinary course, students in both

Conestoga Pigment Hunt

It was a beautiful weekend here in Conestogo! And, what with the water being low and my family looking for an adventure, we spent a good part of the day down by the river. I was looking for some of the bright, eby ochre I’ve found in the past … but we also found clay,