A walk on the beach is where I feel free to pour out my heart, listen to God and sing into the wind with the crashing waves playing the music. Walking, I was challenged to shake off the weight of the world and all the unrest. Sadness had crept in and I was feeling discouraged. I came across this small stone trapped between the large boulders and it seemed to echo my feelings. I noticed the beach was strewn with
Sometimes our heart knows things ahead of our experience. The calendar and journal pages in this post were made and written in April through the first week of May. With what is going on in the world now, including my home city of Portland, Oregon, the messages and prayers are more relevant than ever. The first of June is also the reveal of the new Stencil Club Mash-up set with Mary Beth Shaw. Here’s the stencils and some ideas of what you can do with them…
It has been said of the time we are in, and I agree, that we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat. It is a storm none of us have faced before. Our polarization only adds to the problems, causing the divide to widen. Fear and faith struggle for control, and we choose. Our experiences are different and are expressed in different ways. The right answer may be different for different people in different places and at different times. What to do?
As I was making my monthly calendar page, I was reminded how each day and how we live it is still important.
In our Living Your Word of the Year facebook group, Bernice put out a challenge that seems just right for this month. As usual, I’m adjusting it to my own liking, and am finding comfort in the simplicity and the daily exercise of looking back on the day, and responding with a simple symbol, drawing or words.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee,
because he trusted in Thee.”
~ Isaiah 26:3 KJV
That verse hangs on the wall directly across from my bed. The picture (not shown due to copyright) is an original illumination, given to us as a wedding gift over 40 years ago. At the most difficult of times, I would look and say that verse over and over until it sunk into my heart.
The amplified classic version gives more insight into what that means: Isaiah 26:3, saying of God:
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind
[both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You,
because he commits himself to You, leans on You,
and hopes confidently in You.
The people I’ve talked with and stories I’m reading on social media are encouraging and empowering. There are also the opposite harsh messages. In art terms, they provide contrast, but also brings sadness. I’m not denying or minimizing the difficulties we are facing in the world, but I believe we have power and what we say actually can create good or ill in the spirit realm. Making Art with meaning is important to me, and art reflects life. Make an acrostic poem with meaning.
The story of St. Patrick, Celtic Christianity and the hymn ‘Be Thou my Vision’ have captivated me and sparked my imagination to create this online course showing easy ways to draw Celtic knots and illumination while going on a spiritual journey through the hymn ‘Be Thou my Vision.” Celebrate with an online retreat ‘Keys to Drawing Celtic Knots & illumination.’ Early bird special price through St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2020) Also link to Free Book of Kells course.
Obviously I planned the Keys to drawing Celtic Knots & Illumination course to be offered as we Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What I didn’t expect is for it to coincide with the pandemic of the corona virus, limiting our in-person interactions and activities. An online course makes sense and can give some personal interaction around some common ground. If you’re like me, it helps the stress level to do something creative and rhythmic with my hands, and the spiritual encouragement helps keep my thinking positive and fosters emotional well-being.
Nurture your creative Spirit with me this June in my studio. We will venture into creative play to explore, expand and express our creative selves, making unique and beautiful art journals in an inspiring retreat-like setting.
One of the ways to focus on and contemplate my word of the year is through visually designing the word itself. If you aren’t interested in doing that, you can always look for a font on your computer and print out your word in the font, adding color, definitions, quotes, symbols etc.
Each year I dedicate a page to this in the journal used for everyday things, but you can also post it where you can see it each day.