Growing an Icon, Part 4
The face and hands often make all the difference in an icon — in sketching one out, I first try to place those correctly. For various practical reasons, they usually end up being painted last.
Saint Seraphim is often shown holding a lestovka (“ladder”), an old Russian version of the prayer rope made out of leather.
As is usually the case, my main response to this icon is that I want to do it over from the beginning, trying to benefit from what I’ve learned working with this one.
Holy Father Seraphim, pray for us.