I love Icons, and am convinced of their special spiritual power. Two of my favourite authors - namely Wilson Van Dusen and Henri Nouwen - both wrote books about the spiritual efficacy of meditation on icons, and I sometimes wish I could take up icon painting as a hobby. Sadly, I am largely devoid of artistic talent, and so I am afraid that my icons would be a little wobbly, but doubtless it's the intent that is most important!
When I was at Christchurch St. Laurence on Monday I spent some time reflecting on the exquisitely beautiful contemporary icons that are on display there. They really are very nice, and Earle Bracken, the talented artist who did them, deserves to be much better recognised on the Australian art scene.