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/
“edge” ~ a word and concept found often in Mary Oliver’s Upstream
“The work is on the wall; the art is in the process.” ~Guild Co-Founder Rich Caemmerer
Just to note that my left brain knows there’s no apostrophe in “holds.” 🙂
“Everything is in relationship with everything else.” ~Richard Rohr
It seems that even the very pages of my journal are supporting this message.
Finisterre… a place of wild imagination!
“Do you think there is anything not attached by its unbreakable cord to everything else?” ~Mary Oliver, Upstream
A new online journaling course for Lent has opened for registration – http://www.grunewaldguild.com/upcoming/journaling-upstream. I’m hoping to find some companions wanting to dwell in Mary Oliver’s words, hang out a bit online, and create some art with me.
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.
This question caught my attention this morning: “What if one day our inner self and our physical self were turned inside out?” ~Narendra Kini
As the page was nearing completion, it dawned on me that the artist lives that question every day she’s about her work.
“By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.” ~Hebrews 11:3 (MSG)
I’m feeling a little off-rhythm with blogging. Not sure what that means… perhaps something new is coming?
If you’d like a look at how the Advent images came about, here’s a link to a video that I shared on my Facebook wall – https://www.facebook.com/vonda.drees/posts/10154234582762965