PortfolioPaintings – Acrylic Icons

Icons in Acrylic Mediums on Folding Panels

These contemplative icons were rendered in acrylic mediums to satisfy the need for speed exacted by Masters program faculty. These are interesting in content, but somehow lack the rich depth of surface Jan enjoyed in previous icons rendered in egg tempera.

  • Expecting the Worst (2000) Acrylic on wooden panel In raising teens, it doesn’t matter what you do, how many books you read, or how many counselors you consult. All you can do is anticipate the next wallop.

  • Parenting (2000) Acrylic on wooden panel Like the practices of psychology and medicine, parenting is just a game of sustained observation and good guessing.

  • Metamorphose (2000) Acrylic on wooden panel My daughter will need to be the one to act, freeing herself from the peer-manipulated strings that bind her.

  • Shepherdess (2000)Acrylic on wooden panel When my daughter becomes and inner city school teacher, I apprehend the difficulties she will encounter. I pray that she will be protected and be strong for those she is there to lead.

  • Pigs and Pearls (2000) Acrylic on wooden panel We issue to our children a never-ending flood of good advice and warnings, well aware that they generally resent our input.

  • The Door is Open (2000) Acrylic on wooden panel The parakeet in its charming little cage is an apt symbol for the housewife contained by her house, and her role. You can teach the bird to repeat that they are free to go (the border of the egg tempera painting repeats the words “The Door is Open” but there is a disconnect that does not allow escape. Whether for fear or comfort, caged is caged.

  • The Door is Open (2000) Installation in birdcage, acrylic on wooden panel The parakeet in its charming little cage is an apt symbol for the housewife contained by her house, and her role. You can teach the bird to repeat that they are free to go (the border of the egg tempera painting repeats the words “The Door is Open” but there is a disconnect that does not allow escape. Whether for fear or comfort, caged is caged.

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