St. Olga and St. Volodymyr
2009, oil, levkas, canvas, gilding, 90 x 40 cm
Oil paints - a type of slowly drying paint with a paste or liquid consistency, in which pigment particles are suspended in a carrier, oil, usually vegetable. Linseed, walnut, poppy and safflower oil is usually used to produce oil paints. Siccatives are added to oil paints to accelerate their drying.
Lewkas (gesso) - (from the Greek word leukos, i.e. white), glue-chalk primer used in board painting and in gilding. It is applied on the icon in the hot, usually in about twelve layers. One layer for one day. The prayer of the ritual then turns its attention to the Apostles (one for each layer). He reminds us of their deeds and asks for intercession.