It all began with a question: What if during Advent, we began with four lit candles and each week lit one less, quieting/stilling our way toward the center Christ candle? How could a question like that be imaged?
One person said it’s like a countdown… Yes, indeed! I’ve also suggested that it mirrors our physical experience (in the Northern Hemisphere) with light.
The image breaks into five vertical panels, from right to left: four lit candles, three, two, one, and the Christ candle with the Madonna and Child.
One of the things that delights me is that in the tradition of reading left to right, the image begins with Christ. God is with us all along. Becoming quieter can help us discern that. I had a conversation early on about my desire to have people move through the image from right to left, like coming back to the beginning. The person I was talking with told me about the “O, Antiphons.” Really, really interesting stuff… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Antiphons. And although it can’t be proven, I choose to leave room for the mystery.
Download (free) this image in black and white using the link below. Add your own color this Advent!
Check out the liturgies that accompany the images… it’s all free here from LEAD – https://waytolead.org/portfolio-item/advent-2017/
Renewal of Creation
Renewal of Life
Renewal of Sight
Renewal of Hope
Renewal of Spirit
A friend recently described one of the images above as a “visual mantra” … a partnering of words that was very pleasing to my soul.
Inspired by prayers written by Rev. Melissa Johnson Bills for the Tenth Triennial Gathering of the Women of the ELCA, it’s my hope that working on the images is preparing me for the “All Anew” theme of the Gathering.
Finisterre… a place of wild imagination!
Grateful to have partnered with friends at LEAD to offer free Lenten Resources for use by individuals, congregations and small groups.
Check them out here – http://waytolead.org/portfolio-item/lent-2017/
This design and others can be downloaded in black and white for your own coloring.
The same Spirit that hovered over the waters at the beginning of creation hovers over the mind of the artist at work. ~St. Thomas Aquinas
Sometimes Big Love comes in such seemingly small encounters.
I’ve begun an instagram account for Grunewald Guild called grunewald_graces. You can find it here: https://www.instagram.com/grunewald_graces/. It’s a gathering of little encounters with nature that grant glimpses of Big Love.
Manantiales en el Desierto… Streams in the Desert
This image served as inspiration for a mural painted at the Lutheran Church Manantiales en el Desierto in the community of Guazapa, El Salvador, in February 2016.
Deeply felt love requires expression. ~Sr John Miriam Jones
art = spirit + matter + creativity
Inspired by messages from Kristin Gilje and Anne Mulleniex… So much creative spirit to ponder and process. I am grateful for the parenthesis of sacred space here at the Grunewald Guild.