The icon is means to prayer, but its existence is resolution to fierce words and bloodshed. Second Nicaea (787) laid out a theology that informed an aesthetic of procedure, materials, subjects, forms, and colours. A main distinctive difference through time is how locations (or, as they sometimes become, nations) treat icons contemporaneously. The Auburn School of Oxley Road sources raw Australian siennas, ochres and other outback earth, dust and ash. Results are strangely muted and sombre, more like Lenten moodiness of April than Epiphany brilliance of January. “Gold gathers the light against it.” A robot could never write an icon.