This Eleousa, the third one, took some years to finish.
I did not make it easy for myself, because I prepared an old bread cutting board, probably used in the kitchen for years, from the recycle shop. Real wood keeps always working, (changing form) so in the end, when I was busy painting it, I got some air under the cloth. And that makes the risk of breaking the painted layer.
But I loved her tender expression and also it had a real old feeling and look.
When I showed it to Marina, who I met in Greece in 2018, on my phone, she fell in love with the piece. It was just half way done, but it gave her a feeling. She’s from a Greek mother and an English father, so she is connected to icons and has her kitchen full of them.
Anyway, finally 4 years later, in a weird way we kept connected, she bought it for her son and I sent it to her in Bath, England.
Below you can see some pictures of the process of painting. I totally once removed her face and started all over. And finally Marina’s son Eugene, happy with his present.
Jeannette, you are a genius. This is so so beautiful. Me heart skipped a beat when I first saw this icon. I'm full of admiration of your talent. Thank you. X ... my heart!
Bath - Engeland
Finally the icon arrived and has gone to its new and very appreciative owner, Eugene. I loved that you wrote him a letter to explain its origins. Gratitude all around!
Bath - Engeland
Sometimes I need a good model with a strong iconic nose. And a friendly smile?
Meeting Marina and sharing a room for a week was the start of a long-term connection and she is an admirer of my work.