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/
It happens frequently at the Grunewald Guild that we have folks stop by who once were part of the Guild in some way. Often they have friends or family along who look at the place with puzzled curiosity. I’ve been wondering… what is it that calls people back? It seems bigger than nostalgia.
That’s what I was pondering and journaling when I realized that the page was an unusually close reflection of the breakfast table at which I was sitting, a lovely table set for Jim and me by a dear friend.
“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.” 🙂
“[T]he world’s working artists are not trying to help the world go around, but forward. Which is something altogether different from the ordinary.” ~Mary Oliver
Finisterre… a place of wild imagination!
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.
Artists: Paint bridges, not walls. Practice radical inclusivity.
~Jim Drees, Co-Director of the Grünewald Guild
How will I practice the simple art of being? ~Kayla McClurg
This week I am sharing journaling images that were part of last year’s Journaling through Advent experience, images that were created and never shared. I’m in the process of gathering another group this year. Might you be interested in joining me? Check it out here: http://www.grunewaldguild.com/upcoming/journaling-through-advent.
A dear friend’s blessing meets a recent post from Seth Godin in this image.
May we see the hand of God in everything. Here, I made this.
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